Fernando Vargas vs. Hector Camacho Jr. in March 2010? – News
By Eric Thomas: According to Boxing Talk, former International Boxing Federation light middleweight champion Fernando Vargas (26-5, 22 KO’s) could be making a one-fight comeback in March 2010, to fight Hector Camacho Jr. (49-3-1. 27 KO’s). At this point nothing is definite and the fight would swing on a number of things, starting with Camacho Jr., getting by Luis Ramon Campas, who Camacho will be fighting on October 31st.
If Camacho wins that fight, and that’s a big if, then a fight with the 32-year-old Vargas could be a possibility in either December 2009, or March. In an interview with Boxing Talk, Vargas had this to say about Camacho: “Camacho looked like garbage,” referring to Camacho’s narrow 10-round unanimous decision victory over Israel Cardona last Saturday night at the Wolstein Center, in Cleveland, Ohio.
“Are you serious? I will come out of retirement and slap his a@# around like nothing,” Vargas said. If Vargas did carry out his threat and make a comeback to fight the younger Camacho, it’s unclear right now what the weight would be for the fight. Camacho fights at light middleweight, whereas Vargas last fought at 162 in his last fight two years ago in November 2007.
At that time, Vargas lost a 12-round majority decision to Ricardo Mayorga. That was Vargas’ first fight in over a year and he had reportedly had to take off a lot of weight to get down to the agreed upon weight to take the fight with Mayorga. In looking at recent pictures of Vargas, he appears to be over 200 pounds at the least, meaning that Vargas would have to take off a great deal of weight to make it back down to the 160 pound regions. Vargas’ best weight in his prime was 154.
However, it’s highly unlikely that Vargas could get back down to that weight unless he went through serious training for a lengthy amount of time combined with some serious dieting. Given that a fight against Camacho Jr. probably wouldn’t be a huge money fight for Vargas, it’s questionable whether he would be interested in coming down that far in weight.
In his prime, Vargas was one of the best light middleweights in boxing with wins over Yory Boy Campas, Ike Quartey, Ross Thompson, Winky Wright, Fitz Vanderpool, Raymond Joval and Javier Castillejo. However, Vargas was defeated by Felix Trinidad in a 12th round knockout in December 2000, followed by an 11th round TKO at the hands of Oscar De La Hoya in September 2002.
Those defeats took a lot out of Vargas and he seemed to never recapture his stride that he had earlier in his career. Vargas took two years off from boxing from 2003 to 2005, and came back to pick up a couple of wins over Joval and Castillejo, after which Vargas was defeated in back to back fights by Shane Mosley in 2006, losing both fights by knockout.
Camacho, 30, the son of the famous fighter Hector “Macho” Camacho, started his boxing career piling up a number of wins and looking quite impressive. It was thought that Camacho Jr. would eventually capture a light welterweight title by some boxing experts. However, Camacho Jr. looked unimpressive in a 5th round no contest with Jesse James Leija in July 2001, a bout in which Camacho was cut and appeared to get flustered as he began to take shots from the older Leija.
A year later, Camacho Jr. was defeated by Omar Gabriel Weis in a 10-round decision loss in March 2002. After that defeat, Camacho’s career just seemed to drift along with him fighting 2nd tier opposition. Camacho Jr. put on weight, fighting at light middleweight and looking kind of plump.
He was defeated by Andrey Tsurkan in an 8th round stoppage in June 2006, and then defeated again, this time by Don Juan Futrell in an eight-round split decision in July 2007. Since that defeat, Camacho Jr. has put together a seven fight win streak against 2nd and 3rd opposition.