When he signed with Matchroom Boxing in 2018, Jessie Vargas was looking to prove he is one of the top fighters in the world. With one win and one loss since his signing, Vargas (29-2-2) will face one of his biggest challenges to date in Mikey Garcia.
In the early 2010’s, Vargas faced off against fighters like Josesito Lopez and Steve Forbes. The former WBO Welterweight and WBA and IBO Super-Lightweight Champion went on a run against fighters like Timothy Bradley, Sadam Ali and Manny Pacquiao in the late 2010’s. Now, the 30-year-old believes the second half of his career will be the best one yet.
“I definitely feel that I am in my prime now,” Vargas stated during training camp, via the Born Fighter series. “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.”
Vargas faces off against a fighter in Garcia (39-1) who is a former IBF Lightweight, WBO and The Ring Featherweight, and the lineal Junior-Welterweight Champion. Garcia’s undefeated streak came to an end last March against Errol Spence Jr. It was a bout that tested Garcia due to the size difference, being that he is not a big welterweight like Spence.
Looking to get a better version of Garcia this time out, Vargas sees this bout as a huge moment in both of their careers.
“We are giving the fans what they want to see,” Vargas went on to say. “Mikey is a terrific fighter and we are going to give the fans a great fight, it has all the ingredients to be like a Barerra-Morales style trilogy, you never know because we are two fighters that are will to do anything to come out with the victory. This is one of the fights that I am interested in because it’s going to generate a lot of interest and it’s my time to shine.”
If everything goes according to plan, Vargas will have won two in a row. With a convincing win, he could end up back in title contention by the end of the year.
“Every fighter wants to become a World champion and I’ve done that twice already, and now I want to become World champion for a third time,” Vargas said. “I became World champion in 2016 and god willing, I will become champion again in 2020.”
The bout between Vargas and Garcia will be taking place on February 29 from inside the Ford Center at The Star in Frisco, Texas.