Garcia Vs. Vargas Live Results
Even with no true title on the line, Mikey Garcia and Jessie Vargas will be fighting like there is one. Inside The Ford Center at The Star in Frisco, Texas, Garcia and Vargas will be competing in a welterweight battle that could determine a title contender. It should be noted that the WBC Diamond Belt is up for grabs.
Garcia (39-1) is coming off of a loss to Errol Spence Jr. back in March. A one-sided affair for the IBF Welterweight Title, the loss ended the undefeated streak of Garcia that started in 2006. This will be his second welterweight fight, as he was a multi-time champion at lightweight.
“I think that there’s a lot more that I can do at 147lbs,” said the former Junior-Lightweight Champion in Garcia. “The Spence fight was not a representation of that, it wasn’t my night and not the fight that I wanted to fight, I just couldn’t perform and once in a while you have an off night and it happened to be that night for me. I need to show my fans and the boxing world that I can do a lot more, even at 147lbs.”
A natural welterweight, Garcia (29-2-2) is coming off of a TKO-win over Humberto Soto back in April. The former WBO Welterweight Champion, Vargas is 2-0-2 in his last four fights. At 30, Garcia is hoping the second half of his career will result in as much success as he has had so far.
“I definitely feel that I am in my prime now,” Vargas stated during training camp. “I feel good, solid, very experienced. I’ve gained plenty of knowledge throughout the years, and I think that I am in the best time in my career because of all that experience. Experience is what really makes a fighter. Sometimes in a big fight, a lack of experience can affect you, but I am not in that position, I’m good and everything is good on my side.”
In one of the top title fights of the night, Julio Cesar Martinz will be defending his WBC Flyweight Title against Jay Harris. Martinez (15-1, 1NC) hasn’t lost a bout since his first fight in 2015. He beat Andrew Selby in March, landed a no-contest against Charlie Edwards and beat Cristofer Rosales back in December for the vacant WBO Flyweight Title.
Harris (17-0) is coming off of a KO win over Paddy Barnes back in October. This will be his first time fighting in the United States. The Wales native an Amazon employee who has received time off for this fight.
“Luckily for me, they (Amazon) have given me two months off for this fight but with the Paddy Barnes and the Angel Moreno fights I was still juggling work and training. It can be really hard, but I can’t afford to give up my job – so this fight could change my life forever,” Harris stated
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Main Card (DAZN, 8 p.m. ET)
Mikey Garcia def. Jessie Vargas via unanimous decision (114-113, 116-111, 116-111)
Roman Gonzalez def. Kal Yafai (c) via TKO (:29 into ninth round)- WBA Junior Bantamweight Championship
Julio Cesar Martinez (c) def. Jay Harris via unanimous decision (118-109, 116-111, 115-112) – WBC Flyweight Championship
Joseph Parker def. Shawndell Winters via TKO (fifth round)
Undercard (DAZN, 6 p.m.)
Diego Pacheco def. Oscar Rojas via unanimous decision (60-54, 60-54, 60-54)
Israil Madrimov def. Charlie Navarro via TKO (round six)
Alexis Espino def. Delvecchio Savage via unanimous decision (60-54, 59-55, 59-55)
Leo Ruiz Acevedo def. Dennis Knifechief via TKO (round three)
Jesse Rodriguez def. Marco Sustaita via TKO (round eight)
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