Ferocious Fernando Vargas: 2-Time World Champ Set For April Return To Ring

Orly Rios Jr.Analyst IIFebruary 1, 2011

Vargas was the youngest IBF Jr. Middleweight Champ at just 21 years old.
Vargas was the youngest IBF Jr. Middleweight Champ at just 21 years old.Al Bello/Getty Images

Ferocious Fernando Vargas, the two-time former Jr. Middleweight Champion is set to return after a three-year absence from the ring.

Vargas is scheduled to fight super middleweight Henry Buchanan on Saturday April 16, 2011 at the Hard Rock Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. Vargas, who fought most of his career at Junior Middleweight (154), will make his return to the ring fighting as a Super middleweight (168).

Fernando's last fight was back in November 2007, a majority-decision loss to renowned trash talker, Ricardo Mayorga.

At just 21 years-old, Fernando became the youngest champion ever to win the IBF (International Boxing Federation) Jr. Middleweight title, defeating Luis Ramon "Yori Boy" Campas. Campas, who was cut and bleeding from the inside of his mouth and had his mouthpiece knocked out of his mouth, quit in his corner before the start of the eighth round.

Vargas went on to defend his IBF Jr. Middleweight title five more times before losing his belt to Felix Trinidad in December of 2000.

Vargas, who had never been knocked down in his professional career, was dropped twice in the first minute of the fight, battled back with a huge third round and even dropped Trinidad with a left hook of his own in the fourth round. But two huge low blows by Trinidad halted both attacks by Vargas, who by Round 5 had no legs to fight on. In the 12th round, Trinidad landed another devastating left hook, dropping Vargas for the third time and, for all intents and purposes, ending the fight.

Nine months later, Vargas became a two-time world champion when he knocked out Jose "Shibata" Flores for the vacant WBA (World Boxing Association) and IBA (International Boxing Association) light middleweight titles.

On September 14, 2002, Fernando squared off against bitter rival, Oscar De La Hoya, in a spirited back-and-forth bout that, for most of the fight, had the capacity crowd in a frenzy and chanting, "Vargas, Vargas, Vargas!"

At the end of Round 10, De La Hoya was able to catch Vargas with a left hook, but was unable to capitalize as the shot landed with under five seconds left in the round. In the 11th round, another devastating left hook to the chin dropped Vargas.

Though he quickly got up and stepped right back into the fight, De La Hoya unloaded a flurry of punches forcing referee Joe Cortez to step in and put a halt to the thriller.

Despite the loss, Vargas became even more popular with boxing fans who have taken a liking to his fight style, bravado, and personality.

Fernando returned to the ring in July 2003, defeating the WBC (World Boxing Council) No. 1 contender, Fitz "The Whip" Vanderpool by sixth-round stoppage.

Vargas sold out the legendary Olympic Auditorium in just three days.

"El Feroz," which translates to "The Ferocious One," will be fighting under his own promotional company, V.E.P. (Vargas Entertainment Promotions), against Buchanan.