Rising prospect Jesse Vargas (18-0, 9KOs) was supposed to face his biggest challenge in his young professional career on May 5th. He was set to face off against veteran Mexican boxer Alfonso Gomez (23-5-2, 12KOs), who has fought against both Miguel Cotto and Saul Alvarez.
This was supposed to be Vargas' coming out party to the world to show that he's ready to hang with the best and challenge for a world title in the near future.
It is now reported from Steve Kim's Twitter that Gomez is pulling out of the fight due to back spasms.
This hurts the undercard a little bit because this was, without a doubt, the best fight on the undercard. Vargas is a prospect that was tested once against Joseito Lopez and came close to losing. Gomez is a competitive fighter who comes to fight. He's experienced enough to have capitalized on the mistakes Lopez couldn't.
While this probably won't affect the outcome of how many pay-per-views the fight will sell, boxing fans will be disappointed to see this mediocre card turn into just an awful card.
With a week and half left before the fight, they'll have to find a replacement who's willing to take the fight on short notice. That knocks the possibility of seeing maybe a Maidana or Zab fight as neither men would take a fight on such short notice at this point in their careers.
Chances are it might be against a very low tier of opposition who's there just for the paycheck.
If we're lucky, Sebastian Lujan (39-6-2, 24KOs) might be called to take the fight.
He's accustomed to taking fights on short notice. Last time he did against Filipino prospect Mark Melligan, he knocked him out in the ninth. The probability of Lujan being able to take the fight might be slim as he last fought on April 20th and seemingly already has a contract to fight June 16th. If there was some possibility though that he could take the fight, fight fans would be in for a good show.
Lujan would take Vargas into the deep end and see how well he takes his unrelenting pressure. This was the same tactic he used on Melligan as he wore him down as the rounds went by, playing mind games with him by making Melligan think he couldn't hurt him.
Whatever the case may be, they need to act fast. There's a week and a half left to find Vargas a fight and make the undercard mediocre again.