Two-time Fight of the Year winner and former WBC Super Featherweight World Champion Francisco “El Bandido” Vargas (24-1-2, 17 KOs) will continue his effort to regain a world title as he faces “Lightning” Rod Salka (24-4, 4 KOs) in a 10-round super featherweight fight in the main event of the April 12 edition of Golden Boy Boxing on ESPN at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, Calif. ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes will air the fights beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET/7:00 p.m. PT, and stream live on ESPN3 starting at 8:30 p.m. ET/5:30 p.m. PT.
By Stanley White: Francisco Vargas (23-1-2, 17 KOs) and former 2-time world title challenger Stephen Smith (25-3, 15 KOs) will be fighting it out at the last chance saloon tonight in a super featherweight bout at the Mandalay Bay Hotel & Casino Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.
By Tim Royner: Former WBC super featherweight champion Francisco ‘El Bandido’ Vargas (23-1-2, 17 KOs) will be back in action this Saturday night on December 9 on HBO Boxing against #9 WBC Stephen ‘Swifty’ Smith (25-3, 15 KOs) at the Mandalay Bay Hotel & Casino, Events Center, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Sky Sports will be televising the Vargas vs. Smith fight in the UK.
By Dan Ambrose: #7 WBC contender Miguel Berchelt (31-1, 28 KOs) showed tonight that he doesn’t have as weak a chin as many boxing fans previously thought with him coming on and stopping the previously unbeaten WBC super featherweight champion Francisco Vargas (23-1-2, 17 KOs) by an 11th round knockout at the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, California.
By Dan Ambrose: Fresh off his controversial draw against Orlando Salido last June, WBC World super featherweight champion Francisco Vargas (23-0-2, 17 KOs) successfully weighed in at 129.6 pounds for his voluntary title defense against #7 WBC Miguel Berchelt (30-1, 27 KOs) on Saturdah night on HBO”s Boxing After Dark at the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, California is. The 25-year-old Berchelt weighed in at 129.8lbs.
On paper this is a good fight, but it’s likely going to end early with the 32-year-old Vargas easily beating Berchelt. There’s a huge talent and experience difference between these two fighters.
By Dan Ambrose: Nicholas Walters was no competition last night for WBO super featherweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko, who did a superb job of out-classing him until the former featherweight world champion quit after the 7th round had ended at the Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Walters had experienced enough one-way punishment at the hands of the skillful Lomachenko, and he didn’t want any part of going any further. After the match had ended, Lomachenko made it clear that he wants to fight a unification match against WBC super featherweight champion Francisco Vargas.
By Dan Ambrose: Sean Gibbons, the manager for former two division world champion Orlando Salido (43-13-4, 30 KOs), says he wants a rematch for Salido against WBC super featherweight champion Francisco Vargas (23-0-2, 17 KOs). Salido fought Vargas to a controversial 12 round draw last Saturday night at the StubHub Center in Carson, California.
The fight was televised on HBO Championship Boxing, and many fans believe the Salido deserved the win in the fight. The judges scored the fight 114-114, 114-114 and 115-113 for the 31-year-old Vargas. Boxing News 24 scored the fight 116-112 for Salido.
By Dan Ambrose: #3 WBC super featherweight contender Orlando Salido (43-13-4, 30 KOs) thinks the judges badly got it wrong last Saturday night in scoring his bout against WBC super featherweight champion Francisco “El Bandito” Vargas (23-0-2, 17 KOs) a 12 round majority draw instead of giving him the victory at the StubHub Center in Carson, California. The judges scored the fight 114-114, 114-114 and 115-113 Vargas.
Salido, 35, feels he did more than enough to deserve the decision. Salido doesn’t know what the judges were seeing in the fight last night, because he felt that he landed the cleaner and harder shots throughout the 12 round fight.
In trying to explain why he lost the fight last night, he said he was also fighting Vargas’ promoters at Golden Boy Promotions as well as Vargas.
(Photo Credit: Tom Hogan/Golden Boy Promotions) LOS ANGELES (June 4, 2016) -WBC Super Featherweight World Champion Francisco “El Bandido” Vargas (23-0-2, 17 KOs) retained his title against former three-time world champion Orlando “Siri” Salido (42-13-4, 30 KOs, 1 NC) after going the distance in a 12-round blood bath before a nearly sold-out, raucous crowd of 7,378 at the StubHub Center in Carson, Calif. and televised live on HBO® Boxing AfterDark.
Salido and Vargas exchanged heavy blows in the first round, with Salido getting the better of Vargas in a flurry of punches late in the round. Round four saw Vargas injured, with blood pouring from a cut on his eye obtained by a head butt. The war continued on and brought the crowd to their feet in round six, where Vargas held Salido against the ropes several times with a flurry of punches. The warriors didn’t stop and kept the pressure on each other until round 12, which saw Vargas and Salido laying into one another relentlessly until the bell.
(Photo Credit: Tom Hogan/Golden Boy Promotions) By Dan Ambrose: In what has to be seen as another robbery, WBC super featherweight champion Francisco Vargas (23-0-2, 17 KOs) was given a 12 round draw against former two time world champion Orlando Salido (43-13-4, 30 KOs) on Saturday night at the StubHub Center in Carson, California. Vargas was cut over both eyes in suffering cuts in the 4th and 5th rounds. It looked like the scar tissue from around Vargas’ eyes gave way.
It’s not surprising because Vargas’ right eye looked like hamburger from his last fight against Takashi Miura last November. As bad as Vargas’ eye looked in that fight, there was no way it was going to hold up tonight from the pounding he was taking from Salido. Vargas didn’t handle fighting with cuts too well. He was complaining about Salido accidentally clashing heads with him. Instead of realizing that bumping heads is part of the sport, Vargas complained about it.