Former Boxing World Champion Jessie Vargas Now Fighting ‘To Keep American Dream Alive,’ Announces Run For US Congress

Jessie Vargas said he wants to fight to “keep the American dream alive.”

Vargas, a former world champion, announced on Monday that he is running for the United States Congress to represent Nevada District 4.

“I have an exciting announcement: I am running for United States Congress! (Nevada District 4) Las Vegas has given me so much, and now I am devoting my time to make it better and to fight to keep the American dream alive!”


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Vargas, 32, is a former Democrat, according to his website press release. He will be running as a Republican out of Las Vegas.

Democrats have won four of its five congressional elections in the district Vargas is campaigning in.

Aside from his political campaign, Vargas is also supposed to fight Liam Smith in January, Dan Rafael said. The fight is reportedly still on the table.

Vargas (29-3-2, 11 KOs) hasn’t fought since a unanimous decision loss to Mikey Garcia in late February of 2020.

Before that, Vargas was a world champion in two weight classes including holding the WBA and IBO super lightweight titles in 2014 and the WBO welterweight belt in 2016.

In August, he was ranked as the No. 11 best active welterweight by BoxRec.

Vargas isn’t the first boxer to try his hand at politics.

Juan Manuel Márquez also ran for a congressional seat in Mexico this year.

Manny Pacquiao – who took Vargas’s WBO welterweight title in November 2016 – has served as a Philippines senator since 2016. He recently announced his retirement from the sport following his acceptance for nomination to run for the Philippines president in 2022.

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