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Jessie Vargas Hopes To Fight Jaime Munguia Next

By Ryan Burton

Jessie Vargas’ (29-2-2) first fight of 2019 didn’t start out the way that he had hoped. In the second round an accidental clash of heads against former champion Humberto Soto (69-10-2) opened up a nasty cut over the left eye of Vargas.

Vargas expressed his displeasure by hitting his gloves together. With a cut they bad their is always a chance can get dropped early and if it were to be stopped before 4 rounds are competed it would be ruled a no-contest under California rules.

The former two-division champion revealed that the cut altered his game plan and made him more aggressive for that very reason.

“I stepped up the pressure when I got cut. You never know do they are going to stop the fight,” Vargas told

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His plan worked perfectly as he began to wear down the veteran Soto and floored him in the 6th round. Soto would get up but didn’t last too much longer before the referee stopped the fight.

The fight was caught at a catchweight of 151 pounds. Vargas, who had never fought above the welterweight limit, tested the waters before he makes the move all the way up the 154 pound super welterweight limit.

After allowing some time for the cut to heal, Vargas said that his target is WBO super welterweight champion Jaime Munguía.

“We have to let this cut heal up and then hopefully we can get Munguía. Thst would be a great fight,” said Vargas.

This was Vargas’ first fight working with Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach. Vargas had a frustrating 20-8 with both of his fights ending in a draw. He fought Adrien Broner in April and Thomas Dulorme in October.

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User Comments and Feedback
Comment by Bronx2245 on 05-01-2019

[QUOTE=BigStomps;19707127]Agree with everything you said. Crawford is in a fucced up position cause even if he moved up and beat Munguia which I think he would all the other champs at Jr. Middleweight are with PBC so he won't be…

Comment by cotto#1p4p on 05-01-2019

I can't believe how many people, even boxing writers, believe this fight would even be competitive. Vargas gets hit too much. He got a gift vs Dulorme. Munguia would knock him out in 3 rounds.

Comment by SnoopySmurf on 05-01-2019

Sadam Ali said the same thing and got knocked out.

Comment by BigStomps on 05-01-2019

[QUOTE=Bronx2245;19707060]That sucks! Crawford is stuck in the "Phantom Zone!" Munguia vs. Vargas should be good, if Munguia can still make 154! Something tells me there was a reason there was no post-fight testing after Munguia vs. Hogan! [B]SHADY![/B][/QUOTE] Agree with…

Comment by .!WAR MIKEY!. on 05-01-2019

Mungunia destroys jessie.

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