Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

Jessie Vargas: I Want To Become a Superstar in Boxing

By Anson Wainwright

Life as a world champion seems to sit well with the new IBO/WBA "regular" junior welterweight titlist Jessie Vargas.

"It's been great, after the fight I’ve been very happy, full of joy," Vargas said "(I'm) just enjoying the moment and looking forward to the next goal that I want to accomplish and that's to be known as one of the best in the sport.

"My career is just starting now, being a world champion. I'm here for the long run. I'm here to continue accomplishing my goals and become a superstar in boxing, hopefully with the support of the fans."

The recently turned 25-year-old bested unbeaten Russian Khabib Allakhverdiev over twelve rounds to win by scores of 117-111, 115-113 (twice).

When Vargas heard Michael Buffer announce those special words "And New"…it was something he will never forget.

"It was a very important moment, you really can't describe it. The relief, I did it, everything you worked for since you were 8-years old, you accomplished it. It's unexplainable.”

With the win Vargas (24-0, 9 knockouts) also entered BoxingScene's rankings as the number eight rated junior welterweight.

"It was a very entertaining match-up. I just felt I was always a step ahead," Vargas said of unseating Allakhverdiev.

"Khabib would try adapt to my style, he would try to change it up and where he could benefit but I was always able to adjust and always be a step ahead of him. We had a great gameplan and we executed perfectly. For the most part I was the one doing the most damage."

Top Rank's CEO, Bob Arum, was equally excited about his fighter’s recent win.

"Jessie is an exciting action champion and we very proud of him." Arum said

An early night is always something a boxer likes, but it’s not something Vargas is used to. His last eight fights have all gone the distance.

However the experience of trading punches with the likes Josesito Lopez, Steve Forbes and Wale Omatoso have helped Vargas learn and develop his craft and have stood him in good stead against Allakhverdiev.

When Vargas met Wale Omotoso last March in the co-feature to the Tim Bradley-Ruslan Provodnikov bout, he appeared to be undersized by his Nigerian opponent by ten pounds.

It led him to deciding to drop down from 147 to 140.

“The first thing I said to my manager was I’ve been making the weight (147) relatively easy for my last two fights. Let’s go back down to 140,” he said. “I also noticed I’m always so much smaller than the guys I was fighting at welterweight.”

In his first fight back at junior welterweight, Vargas achieved his dream, and now he’s looking to kick on and mix with the elite.

The likeable young Mexican-American grew up in Las Vegas but fought for the 2007 Mexican National Boxing Team. 

Vargas' first defense will be on August 2, as the HBO televised chief support to Brandon Rios vs. Diego Chaves. The current favorite to meet Vargas is unbeaten Russian Anton Novikov.

Questions and/or comments can be sent to Anson at [email protected] and you can follow him at www.twitter.com/AnsonWainwright

Tags: Jessie Vargas image  
User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Mitchell Kane on 06-07-2014

[QUOTE=dinero fan;14635871]The talent is there just hope Arum doesn't ruin this kids career.[/QUOTE] I don't know that he's [I]that[I][/I][/I] talented. He's got some skill, but he's kinda limited.

Comment by dinero fan on 06-07-2014

The talent is there just hope Arum doesn't ruin this kids career.

Comment by SlySlickSmooth on 06-06-2014

Jessie should fight Danny Garcia, i dont care if its a long chess match

Comment by richardt on 06-06-2014

He is solid in just about every area but he has no special effects as I like to say, such as either serious power, dazzling speed, charismatic personality, controversial character. The "IT" factor is not there. Doesn't mean he cant…

Comment by Jocknerd94 on 06-06-2014

I don't understand the hate for this guy. Close fights don't equal gifts or robberies. Vargas just needs to keep winning and he will build a decent name for himself.

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (16)
Top Headlines Diaz: Gary Russell in For a 'Rude Awakening Come Fight Night' Sulecki: Danny Jacobs Won't Ever Repeat Golovkin Performance Vanes: I'll Test Golovkin's Chin, Not Run Like a 'Bad Steak' Guy! Parker Promoter Wants Him to Fight Bellew vs. Haye Winner Frank Warren on Frampton's Future, Tete's Lack of Fireworks Peter McDonagh Back From Ban, May 12 In Bolton De La Hoya: Canelo Will Wail on Golovkin For That Bullsh*t Ad! Vanes: My Wife's Fav Fighter is GGG - Now I Have To Beat His Ass Wilder To Serve as Honorary Pace Car Driver at GEICO 500 Jacobs Reflects on Charlo Confrontation, Building Superstar Run Carlos Cuadras Enters Rehab To Deal With Drug Issues Loeffler's Hollywood Fight Night Series Returns on May 22 Photos: Lomachenko Putting in Work For Linares Showdown Keith Thurman Explains Why He Vacated The WBC World Title Chocolatito Appears Unlikely For Golovkin-Vanes Card Jessie Vargas Would Fight Broner in Texas - Rejects Idea of Ohio Saunders: Even if Canelo Beats GGG - He's Still a Cheat To Me News: Matias vs. Estrella Set, Zuhayr Al-Qahtani, Castillo, Villa Photos: Gary Russell, Joseph Diaz - Go Face To Face at Presser Mikey Garcia vs. Robert Easter Unification Next, Says Sulaiman Keith Thurman Vacates WBC Title, Garcia-Porter Ordered Luis Ortiz vs. Dillian Whyte - WBC Final Eliminator Ordered Hearn: Daniel Jacobs Likes The Jermall Charlo Fight Golovkin: 'We'll See' About Having Canelo Rematch in September Adonis Stevenson: I Look Forward To Knocking Badou Jack Out! Broner-Vargas Telecast Peaked at 891,000 Viewers on Showtime Murray: Warren Does My Head In, Must Stop GGG-Saunders Talk Lewis Ritson vs. Paul Hyland, Josh Kelly vs. Kris George - June 16 Claressa Shields vs. Hanna Gabriels Set For June 22, Showtime Dmitry Bivol's Future Plans are Detailed By His Manager Malignaggi Definitely Wants To See a Broner-Vargas Rematch Charlo Wants to Test Himself Against Golovkin 'On the Way Out' Jessie Vargas-Adrien Broner: Afterthoughts Bellew: I'm Ready For War, Ready To Beat David Haye at All Costs Liam Cameron Warns Jenman That He's in For a Real Hard Night Joseph Parker Ready To Face Dillian Whyte To Get Back on Top Horn's Promoter Rips Top Rank For Approaching Crawford-Khan Bellew Fears That it May Take a Death For Boxing To Tackle PEDs Adrien Broner's Post-Fight Antics Create Yet Another Black Cloud GGG Promoter: We Feel Vanes Has Better Credentials Than Spike
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement