Welterweight

Jessie Vargas on His Way to Big Things After Ugly Win over Lanardo Tyner

LAS VEGAS, NV - SEPTEMBER 17:  Jessie Vargas reacts after defeating Joseito Lopez by split decision during their junior welterweight fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on September 17, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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Mick AkersAnalyst IFebruary 25, 2012

Twenty-two-year-old, up-and-coming boxer Jessie Vargas, showed the world that he is a fighter who will make some serious noise in the coming years after a unanimous decision win over Lanardo Tyner last night during their ShoBox main event bout at The Joint inside the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, NV.

Normally more of a skilled boxer in the ring, Vargas (18-0, nine KOs) showed he isn't afraid to mix it up with a fighter trying to push an aggressive pace in a fight, as Tyner (25-2-7, 15 KOs) did for the majority of the fight.

In a fight filled with tough, hard-nosed action, there were some dirty moments when each of the boxers exchanged several low blows, and Tyner also wrestled Vargas outside of the ropes at one point in the fight—no points were deducted in the fight, despite many fouls being committed.

The tough, physical brawl Tyner brought to Vargas Friday night will pay huge dividends in the coming fights for Vargas, as it showed that even if he can't force his preferred style of fight in a match, he can look just as impressive and win under almost any circumstance.

Vargas can now expect a big-name opponent in in his next few fights, as he has done more than enough to deserve a shot at one of the better boxers in the welterweight division, as he made the jump to the 147 ranks for the first time Friday night.

Vargas is current WBC welterweight champion, Floyd Mayweather's protege and fights under Money May's promotion company, Mayweather Promotions.

A perfect match to see just where the young Vargas is at would be against the winner of tonight's Marcos Maidana-Devon Alexander fight—a bout where both fighters are making their welterweight debuts.

With Vargas improving in each fight, he could be set to take over the welterweight division once Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao retire form the ring, paving the way for a future superstar in the boxing world.

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