Fighting Words: Samuel Vargas Ready To Stop The Momentum Of Vergil Ortiz Jr.
A true veteran in boxing, Samuel Vargas will look to prove he is more than just another opponent against the young Vergil Ortiz Jr. Fighting tonight, July 24, from inside the Fantasy Springs Casino Resort in Indio, California, Vargas does not feel any pressure heading into his bout.
Vargas (31-5-2), 31, takes on a 22-year-old prospect in Ortiz (15-0). Competing since 2016, Ortiz is considered the future of Golden Boy, besides Ryan Garcia. Battle-tested, Vargas believes his experience, and his losses will play a big factor in the fight.
“I believe all the pressure is on Ortiz,” Vargas stated to Boxing Scene. “I’ve seen the different times he has fought that he still gets hit. I haven’t seen a lot of fighters that follow up, especially to the body. These fighters don’t throw a jab at him. I believe I have all the intangibles to all that to him.”
“You can’t get experience in the ring and that’s what I have. I’ve been hurt and know how to recover. Has he? Experience is everything.”
A WBA-NABA Welterweight Champion, Vargas has faced some of the best in boxing today. While he has lost to Errol Spence Jr., Danny Garcia, and Amir Khan, Vargas has managed to impress each time out. Vargas is coming off of a unanimous decision win over Silverio Ortiz back in June 2019.
A seven-time national amateur champion, Ortiz and has won all fifteen of his wins via some form of knockout. The 22-year-old last fought in December, beating Brad Solomon via TKO. He is hoping a win could secure him a fight with WBO Welterweight Champion Terence Crawford.
According to oddsmakers, Ortiz is a 100-1 favorite over Vargas. The fact that Ortiz has only fought out of the third round three times in his career will be something to look into. Vargas believes Ortiz will falter in the later rounds.
“Fighting a guy like myself, that’s a big problem for him,” Vargas went on to say. “I’m relentless. It’s gonna be an exciting fight. I’m gonna frustrate him. I’m gonna stay on him.
“I just can’t wait to get in there. I know how it feels to be in the later rounds. I know how it feels to switch things up – to be up, to be down. I don’t think Ortiz – I’ve never seen him get hit, to be honest.”
The fight card is expected to air on DAZN at 8 p.m. and will be promoted by Golden Boy.