By Miguel Rivera
The welterweight titles held by Keith Thurman are in the crosshairs of Jessie Vargas, who hopes to secure the opportunity in March or April, and feels very confident that he would have a good chance to beat him.
Thurman, the undefeated 147-pound champion of the World Boxing Council (WBC) and the World Boxing Association (WBA), is close to returning to the ring and Vargas is reportedly a frontrunner to land that fight.
"I'm going to continue in the welterweight division, I want to become a world champion again, this time in the WBC and the WBA. I see very high possibilities (to fight for the title). The champion is Thurman, I am ranked number three under the World Boxing Council and I'm happy to be among the best in the world," said Vargas, a former WBO world champion at welterweight.
After defeating Aaron Herrera in the United States last December, Vargas is looking to return as soon a possible.
The boxer parted ways with Top Rank and is now being handled by advisors Al Haymon and Guadalupe Valencia.
Vargas has a very good feeling about the Thurman fight coming off.
"I think the chances (of facing Thurman) are high, we have the same advisors, I do not see why it can't be done. He wants to return in March or April, everything looks good, we do not have opponents, we'll see soon if the fight is going to take place," Vargas said.
Another thing that he will look for in 2018 is to have more activity, because last year he only had one fight, which took place in December, two fights in 2016 and one fight in 2015.
"It's important, we have to keep busy, fight two or three times a year, I have to be busier," Vargas said.
Finally, the pugilist of Mexican parents states that he does not forget his roots and would like to train at some point in Mexico.
"I love the idea, whenever I come to Mexico I'm comfortable, I enjoy my country. I'm a Mexican-American. I'm proud to be Mexican, we're going to look for ways to include ourselves more a lot more with the Mexican people, so they know they have another champion," Vargas said.