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Jessie Vargas vs. Antonio DeMarco added to Pacquiao-Algieri card

By Chris Williams: Unbeaten WBA World light welterweight champion Jessie Vargas (25-0, 9 KOs) vs. Antonio DeMarco (31-3-1, 23 KOs) has been added to the November 22nd card in Macao, China, according to Fightnews.com.

The Macao card is headlined by the Manny Pacquiao vs. Chris Algieri fight, and Arum is still slowly but surely looking to build an undercard that will interest U.S boxing fans enough to purchase the card on HBO pay-per-view.

DeMarco’s career hasn’t looked bright ever since he was bludgeoned by Adrien Broner in an 8th round stoppage loss two years ago in 2012. DeMarco has won his last three fights, albeit against weak opposition each time out.

In his last fight, DeMarco was knocked down by 39-year-old journeyman Lanardo Tyner last month in winning a 10 round decision. DeMarco was hurt in the first round, and had to hold on. Had DeMarco been fighting a younger guy with talent, he’d likely have been knocked out in the 1st round.

This is obviously a voluntary defense for Vargas, but it’s too bad Arum couldn’t find a better opponent for Vargas to fight rather than DeMarco. This is a mismatch, even though Vargas is an average fighter at best.

The Top Rank promoted Vargas is coming off of a controversial 12 round decision over Anton Novikov last month on the Diego Chaves vs. Brandon Rios card in Las Vegas, Nevada. Vargas ran out of gas after the 8th round, and was seemingly swept in the last four rounds by Novikov.

What was interesting and sad at the same time was lopsided scores the three judges gave to Vargas. He was given a 118-111, 118-111 and 117-111 scores for the Novikov fight. A lot of boxing fans saw it as a straight-up robbery. It’s interesting that Bob Arum isn’t putting Vargas back in with Novikov so that he can clear up the controversy.

Vargas is just one of two champions the World Boxing Association has for the 140 pound class. The other one that is widely recognized as the overall WBA light welterweight champion is Danny Garcia. Vargas doesn’t have much power, and he’d likely be knocked out by Garcia if a fight between them happened.

Thus far the Pacquiao-Algieri card has the following fights:

Vasyl Lomachenko vs. Chonlatarn Piriyapinyo
Zou Shiming vs. Kwanpichit OnesongchaiGym
Bryan Vasquez vs. Diego Magdaleno

There’s still a lot of questions about whether flyweight Zou Shiming will work out at the pro level. Arum wants to get Shiming a title shot against one of the flyweight champions, but I don’t see anyone weak enough for Shiming to beat at this point. He might need to lose some weight and trying fighting at light flyweight if he wants to increase his chances of capturing a world title before he ages out.

Lomachenko is a good fighter, but his opponent is way out of his league. This is not a good fight. Lomachenko needs to be facing better opposition than this. Arum could have matched Lomachenko against the other featherweights in his Top Rank stable like Evgeny Gradovich, Nonito Donaire or Nicholas Walters.

Having anyone of those guys facing Lomachenko would be entertaining for as long as it lasts, but I’m not sure if Arum wants Lomachenko burning through his top featherweights one after another and leaving them without an audience afterwards.

BoxingNews24.com contributor Chis Williams also writes for Sports News

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