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Jessie Vargas
Weightclass:
Super Lightweight
Age:
25
Birthplace:
Los Angeles
Record:
25-0, 9 KOs
Height:
5'10"
Reach:
Managers:
Cameron Dunkin
Trainers:
Robert Alcazar
biography
“The Pride of Las Vegas” 

Twitter: @Jessie_vargasJV
World championship fights: 2-0, 0 KOs…
WBA super lightweight world champion, one successful defense…
Former WBC Continental Americas welterweight champion…

At the age of 25, Jessie is a six-year pro. The WBA super lightweight world champion, he is a very popular performer in his hometown – 12 of his 25 fights have been in Las Vegas.
He stepped up in class of opposition in the last few years and scored impressive wins against Josesito Lopez, Lanardo Tyner, and Lucky Boy Omotoso.
In his last fight on August 2, Jessie defended the title for the first time with a 12-round unanimous decision win against Anton Novikov.
BoxingScene.com's Rick Reeno reported from ringside [excerpts]: In a battle of undefeated boxers, Jessie Vargas kept his unbeaten streak going with a twelve round unanimous decision win over Anton Novikov to retain the WBA "regular' junior welterweight championship: 118-111, 118-111, 117-111.
In the first four rounds, Vargas was outworking and outboxing the stalking challenger. Novikov was trying to walk Vargas down, but missing with most of his punches and getting tagged often for his trouble. Vargas used his legs, moved around, but slugged when needed.
Novikov was stunned during the fifth and fought his way out of trouble. He started getting to Vargas in the sixth, landing hard, straight punches to the head. He continued to find success in the seventh, with Vargas coming back in the eighth and ninth as Novikov's workrate declined.
Novikov picked things up in the tenth, landing hard punches to Vargas' head and body, and he continued the trend in the eleventh. Vargas closed better as his outworked Novikov by being more consistent. [End Reeno...
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fight history
Fight by Fight – 1ST WBA SL WORLD TITLE DEFENSE – in his last fight on 8-2-14 in Las Vegas, NV, he won a 12 round unanimous decision against previously undefeated lefthander Anton Novikov (29-0): the bout was co-featured with the Brandon Rios-Diego Chaves main event, and it was a good fight; Jessie outboxed and outworked Novikov in the the first half of the fight and built a lead – after six rounds, he led by scores of 59-55 on all three scorecards; Novikov gave a strong effort and had several rallies in the middle rounds, but Jessie finished the fight strongly and won by scores of 118-111, 118-111, 117-111…
WON WBA SL WORLD TITLE – on 4-12-14 in Las Vegas, NV, he won a 12 round unanimous decision against lefthanded defending champion Khabib Allakhverdiev (19-0): the bout was one of the co-features with the Manny Pacquiao-Timothy Bradley Jr. II main event, and it was a good, close fight; the momentum shifted back and forth - Allakhverdiev landed the harder punches, but Jessie generally outboxed and outworked him; Allakhverdiev’s right eye became swollen in the 3rd round – he was cut over his right eye by a clash of heads in the 8th round, then cut over his left eye in the following rounds; scored 115-113, 115-113, 117-111…
 
2013 – on 10-11-13 in Las Vegas he won a 10 round unanimous decision against Ray Narh (26-3): the bout headlined at the Thomas & Mack Center; Narh pressed forward and gave a strong effort, but Jessie consistently outboxed and outworked him; Narh staggered Jessie with a right hand in the 10th round, but Jessie came back and scored a knockdown with a left hook moments later; scored 98-91, 98-91, 97-92…
On 3-16-13 in Carson, CA, he won a 10 round unanimous decision against previously undefeated Wale Omotoso (23-0): the bout was co-featured with the Timothy Bradley...
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background
AMATEUR, PERSONAL BACKGROUND: Jessie said, “I was born in Los Angeles, California. I have two sisters – one that’s a year and a half younger, and one that’s eight years old. My mom owns a very small business, and my father right now is not working. He’s with me 100 percent of the time. My parents are from Mexico – Acapulco. I’m the only boxer in the family.
“My dad was the first one to move to Las Vegas. I was probably about five when he moved down here and got an apartment, and we followed him about a month, two months after. We brought two families here – one from my mom’s side. It was my mom’s sister and brother. We brought them down because at that time, there were a of of jobs here. My dad also took in my mom’s younger brother. In Mexico, he had a big accident to where they were going to take his leg off because they didn’t have doctors there. My dad decided we’re going to bring him down here and he could stay with us and he’d have better medical care. He lived with us from when he was about 10 to about 23, so I kind of had another brother. When I was about seven, we had a full house. My dad’s the type of person who likes to help out whenever he can.
“My dad was the one to put me into boxing. He figured it was best for me to have an after-school activity instead of being out with my friends, getting into trouble. He gave me a couple of options, like ‘What do you want to do?’ I told him I wanted to learn how to defend myself, and we went into karate. That was for about two or three months – I went to yellow belt. I told him, ‘You know what? I don’t like it,’ and that’s when he took me into boxing. I was fascinated by the sport – having someone in front of you, and you have to outsmart them. I just fell in love with the sport.
“I started boxing when I was eight years old. My dad...
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Biography

“The Pride of Las Vegas” 

  • Twitter: @Jessie_vargasJV
  • World championship fights: 2-0, 0 KOs…
  • WBA super lightweight world champion, one successful defense…
  • Former WBC Continental Americas welterweight champion…

At the age of 25, Jessie is a six-year pro. The WBA super lightweight world champion, he is a very popular performer in his hometown – 12 of his 25 fights have been in Las Vegas.

He stepped up in class of opposition in the last few years and scored impressive wins against Josesito Lopez, Lanardo Tyner, and Lucky Boy Omotoso.

In his last fight on August 2, Jessie defended the title for the first time with a 12-round unanimous decision win against Anton Novikov.

BoxingScene.com's Rick Reeno reported from ringside [excerpts]: In a battle of undefeated boxers, Jessie Vargas kept his unbeaten streak going with a twelve round unanimous decision win over Anton Novikov to retain the WBA "regular' junior welterweight championship: 118-111, 118-111, 117-111.

In the first four rounds, Vargas was outworking and outboxing the stalking challenger. Novikov was trying to walk Vargas down, but missing with most of his punches and getting tagged often for his trouble. Vargas used his legs, moved around, but slugged when needed.

Novikov was stunned during the fifth and fought his way out of trouble. He started getting to Vargas in the sixth, landing hard, straight punches to the head. He continued to find success in the seventh, with Vargas coming back in the eighth and ninth as Novikov's workrate declined.

Novikov picked things up in the tenth, landing hard punches to Vargas' head and body, and he continued the trend in the eleventh. Vargas closed better as his outworked Novikov by being more consistent. [End Reeno item]

Jessie made a significant change before he won the WBA world title on April 12 with a 12-round unanimous decision against defending champion Khabib Allakhverdiev – he had moved up to the welterweight division in February, 2012, and fought six times at the higher weight, but moved back down to 140 pounds for the world title challenge.

Jessie said, "Junior welterweight is my natural weight. I noticed that it was so easy for me to make the welterweight limit in my last two fights, I went back to talk to my team. I was sure that we could go back to 140 with no problem and have a size advantage.

"You know what it was? – just the experience. When I was younger, as soon as the fight was over I would just eat pizza and hamburgers on a daily basis. Now I'm taking care of myself year-round. With maturity comes experience, and with experience comes knowledge. That's what I have now, and I'm just trying to be the best fighter that I can be."

Fight History

Fight by Fight – 1ST WBA SL WORLD TITLE DEFENSE – in his last fight on 8-2-14 in Las Vegas, NV, he won a 12 round unanimous decision against previously undefeated lefthander Anton Novikov (29-0): the bout was co-featured with the Brandon Rios-Diego Chaves main event, and it was a good fight; Jessie outboxed and outworked Novikov in the the first half of the fight and built a lead – after six rounds, he led by scores of 59-55 on all three scorecards; Novikov gave a strong effort and had several rallies in the middle rounds, but Jessie finished the fight strongly and won by scores of 118-111, 118-111, 117-111…

WON WBA SL WORLD TITLE – on 4-12-14 in Las Vegas, NV, he won a 12 round unanimous decision against lefthanded defending champion Khabib Allakhverdiev (19-0): the bout was one of the co-features with the Manny Pacquiao-Timothy Bradley Jr. II main event, and it was a good, close fight; the momentum shifted back and forth - Allakhverdiev landed the harder punches, but Jessie generally outboxed and outworked him; Allakhverdiev’s right eye became swollen in the 3rd round – he was cut over his right eye by a clash of heads in the 8th round, then cut over his left eye in the following rounds; scored 115-113, 115-113, 117-111…

 

2013 – on 10-11-13 in Las Vegas he won a 10 round unanimous decision against Ray Narh (26-3): the bout headlined at the Thomas & Mack Center; Narh pressed forward and gave a strong effort, but Jessie consistently outboxed and outworked him; Narh staggered Jessie with a right hand in the 10th round, but Jessie came back and scored a knockdown with a left hook moments later; scored 98-91, 98-91, 97-92…

On 3-16-13 in Carson, CA, he won a 10 round unanimous decision against previously undefeated Wale Omotoso (23-0): the bout was co-featured with the Timothy Bradley Jr.-Ruslan Provodnikov main event; and it was a good, close fight; Omotoso scored a knockdown with a right hand to the body in the 2nd round; Omotoso pressed forward and landed the harder punches, but Jessie outboxed and outworked him in several rounds; scored 96-93, 96-93, 97-92…

 

2012 – on 12-7-12 in Las Vegas he won a 10 round unanimous decision against Vito Gasparyan (14-2-5): the bout headlined at Texas Station Casino, and Jessie dominated; he consistently outworked Gasparyan and scored well with body punches; Jessie was penalized one point for low blows in the 8th round, but staggered Gasparyan with an uppercut in the 9th; scored 98-91, 98-91, 98-90…

On 9-13-12 in Las Vegas he won a 10 round unanimous decision against Aron Martinez (18-1-1): the bout headlined at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino; Martinez gave a good effort, but Jessie consistently outworked him, landed the harder punches, and dominated most of the fight; Jessie and Martinez were both cut over their left eyes; scored 98-92, 99-91, 96-94…

On 5-5-12 in Las Vegas he won a 10 round unanimous decision against 35 year-old former IBF jr. lightweight world champion – and late substitute – Steve Forbes (35-10): the bout was on the undercard of the Floyd Mayweather-Miguel Cotto main event, and Jessie dominated; he consistently outboxed and outworked Forbes and landed the harder punches; scored 98-92, 100-90, 97-93…

On 2-24-12 in Las Vegas he won a 10 round unanimous decision against Lanardo Tyner (25-6-2): the bout headlined at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino – Tyner gave a good effort and it was a competitive fight, but Jessie generally outworked him and had the edge in nearly every round; there were repeated fouls – Jessie floored Tyner with a low blow in the 1st round; both continued to punch after the bell ended the round, and both continued to punch after the bell ended the 2nd, as well; Tyner landed a low blow in the 4th round, but after taking time to recover, Jessie came back and floored him with a low blow later in the round; both punched after the bell ended the 5th; Lanardo was given time to recover after Vargas landed a low blow in the 8th round; scored 99-91 on all three scorecards…

 

2011 – on 9-17-11 in Las Vegas he won a 10 round split decision against Josesito Lopez (29-3): the fight was one of the co-featured bouts on the undercard of the Floyd Mayweather-Victor Ortiz main event; it was a significant step up in class for Jessie, and a good, close fight; Jessie started fast and outworked Lopez in the early rounds, but Lopez rallied in the middle rounds – he landed the harder punches, rocked Jessie several times, and began to wear him down; Lopez was cut over his right eye by a clash of heads in the 6th round, and Jessie was penalized one point for low blows in the 8th; but Lopez slowed his pace in the late rounds and Jessie outworked him; scored 95-94, 96-93 Vargas, 95-94 Lopez…

On 7-8-11 in Primm, NV, he won by knockout (2nd round) against 35 year-old lefthander Walter Estrada (39-14-1): the scheduled 10-rounder headlined at Buffalo Bill’s, and Jessie quickly overpowered him; he scored a devastating knockdown with a left hook in the 2nd round, and the referee stopped the fight without a count at 0:33…

On 4-8-11 in Primm he won by TKO (1st round) against former WBA super lightweight world champion Vivian Harris (29-5-1): the scheduled 10-rounder headlined at Buffalo Bill’s, and Jessie quickly overpowered him; he rocked Harris, who had lost his last two fights by knockout, with the first punch he threw, and Harris leaned on the ropes and clinched his way through most of the 1st round; he did not continue after the round…

On 2-24-11 in Los Angeles, CA, he won an 8 round unanimous decision against late substitute Cristian Favela (31-29-5): the bout headlined at Club Nokia, and Favela took the fight on two days’ notice; he gave a good effort and several rounds were close, but Jessie generally outworked him and landed the sharper punches, and won by scores of 78-74, 79-73, 77-75…

 

2010 – on 12-11-10 in Las Vegas he won an 8 round unanimous decision against Ramon Montano (17-8-2): the bout was on the undercard of the Amir Khan-Marcos Maidana main event; Montano gave a good effort, but Jessie dominated most of the fight; he wore down Montano with body punches in the early rounds, and generally outboxed and outworked him throughout the fight; scored 79-73, 78-74, 80-72…

On 9-30-10 in Los Angeles he won by TKO (1st round) against 39 year-old Pablo Sarmiento (34-13-2): the scheduled 8-rounder headlined at Club Nokia, and was Sarmiento’s first fight in six years; Jessie stunned him with a jab in the 1st round, then scored a knockdown with a series of punches that dropped Sarmiento to the seat of his trunks moments later and the referee stopped the fight without a count at 1:31…

On 6-24-10 in Los Angeles he won by knockout (6th round) against 38 year-old lefthander Ernie Zavala (21-4): the scheduled 6-rounder was co-featured at Club Nokia, and Zavala was fighting for the second time after a five-year layoff; Jessie dominated the fight – he scored a knockdown with a right hand-left hook combination in the 1st round, gave Zavala a severe beating, and Zavala’s right eye swelled shut in the middle rounds; Jessie staggered Zavala in the 6th round, and the referee stopped the fight at 0:33…

On 5-1-10 in Las Vegas, NV, he won by TKO (6th round) against Arturo Morua (25-13-1): the scheduled 8-rounder was on the undercard of the Floyd Mayweather-Shane Mosley main event, and Jessie dominated; he consistently outworked Morua, landed the harder punches, and steadily wore him down; he staggered Morua with a left hook-right hand combination in the 6th round, then rocked him with a two-handed series of punches and the referee stopped the fight at 1:20…

On 2-25-10 in Los Angeles he won by knockout (1st round) against previously undefeated Robert Luna (5-0): the scheduled 6-rounder was on the undercard of the Victor Ortiz-Hector Alatorre main event, and Jessie quickly overpowered him; he scored three knockdowns in the 1st round – the first and second with left hooks, the third with a right hand - and the referee stopped the fight at 1:56…

On 1-29-10 in Las Vegas he won a 4 round unanimous decision against lefthanded Richard Kinney (4-1): the fight was on the undercard of the Beibut Shumenov-Gabriel Campillo II main event, and Jessie dominated; he consistently outworked Kinney, landed the harder punches, and won by shutout scores of 40-36 on all three scorecards…

 

2009 – on 12-2-09 in Philadelphia, PA, he won by TKO (2nd round) against Travis Hartman (10-15-1): the scheduled 6-rounder was on the undercard of the Bernard Hopkins-Enrique Ornelas main event, and Jessie quickly overpowered him; he scored two knockdowns with left hooks to the body in the 1st round; Jessie scored two more knockdowns with left hooks to the body in the 2nd, and the referee stopped the fight at 2:31…

On 9-19-09 in Las Vegas he won a 6 round unanimous decision against Raul Tovar (6-1): the bout was on the undercard of the Floyd Mayweather-Juan Manuel Marquez main event, and Jessie dominated; he scored a knockdown with a right hand in the 2nd round, and scored another knockdown with a left hook in the 3rd; scored 60-52, 60-52, 59-53…

On 4-17-09 in Primm he won a 6 round unanimous decision against previously undefeated lefthander Anthony Lenk (5-0): the fight was on the undercard of the Yuriorkis Gambos-Jose Rojas main event, and Jessie dominated; Jessie scored a knockdown with a right hand that dropped Lenk on the seat of his trunks in the 1st round; Lenk outworked Jessie in the 2nd, but Jessie bloodied his nose; Lenk outworked Jessie in the 3rd round, but Jessie buckled his knees with a left hook, then staggered him again in the 4th; Jessie scored another knockdown with a right hand in the 6th round, and won by scores of 58-54, 57-55, 59-53…

 

2008 – on 12-5-08 in Santa Ynez he won a 4 round unanimous decision against Antonio Soria (2-2): the bout was on the undercard of the Carlos Abregu-David Estrada main event; Soria gave a good effort, but Jessie dominated the fight; he consistently outworked Soria and landed the harder punches, and Soria’s right eye swelled nearly shut; scored 40-36, 40-36, 39-37…

On 11-1-08 in Carson, CA, he won by TKO (2nd round) against Michaelangelo Lynks (6-8-2): the scheduled 4-rounder was on the undercard of the Vic Darchinyan-Cristian Mijares main event; Jessie scored a knockdown in the 1st round; he rocked Lynks repeatedly in the 2nd, and Lynks did not continue after the round…

On 10-4-08 in Temecula, CA, he won a 4 round unanimous decision against Trenton Titsworth (2-2-1): the bout was on the undercard of the Yuriorkis Gamboa-Marcos Ramirez, Sergio Martinez-Alex Bunema, Alfredo Angulo-Andrey Tsurkan tripleheader, and Jessie dominated; Titsworth kissed Jessie on the ear and licked his face during a clinch in the 2nd round, and Jessie floored him when the referee broke up the clinch – Jessie was penalized one point for punching to the back of the head, and Titsworth was penalized two points for “lack of professionalism;” scored 39-34 on all three scorecards…

He debuted at the age of 19 on 9-5-08 in Primm and won by knockout (1st round) against Joel Gonzalez (1-0): the bout was on the uncercard of the Antonio DeMarco-Jose Reyes main event; Jessie scored a knockdown in the 1st round, and Gonzalez was counted out at 0:59…

Amateur / Personal Background

AMATEUR, PERSONAL BACKGROUND: Jessie said, “I was born in Los Angeles, California. I have two sisters – one that’s a year and a half younger, and one that’s eight years old. My mom owns a very small business, and my father right now is not working. He’s with me 100 percent of the time. My parents are from Mexico – Acapulco. I’m the only boxer in the family.

“My dad was the first one to move to Las Vegas. I was probably about five when he moved down here and got an apartment, and we followed him about a month, two months after. We brought two families here – one from my mom’s side. It was my mom’s sister and brother. We brought them down because at that time, there were a of of jobs here. My dad also took in my mom’s younger brother. In Mexico, he had a big accident to where they were going to take his leg off because they didn’t have doctors there. My dad decided we’re going to bring him down here and he could stay with us and he’d have better medical care. He lived with us from when he was about 10 to about 23, so I kind of had another brother. When I was about seven, we had a full house. My dad’s the type of person who likes to help out whenever he can.

“My dad was the one to put me into boxing. He figured it was best for me to have an after-school activity instead of being out with my friends, getting into trouble. He gave me a couple of options, like ‘What do you want to do?’ I told him I wanted to learn how to defend myself, and we went into karate. That was for about two or three months – I went to yellow belt. I told him, ‘You know what? I don’t like it,’ and that’s when he took me into boxing. I was fascinated by the sport – having someone in front of you, and you have to outsmart them. I just fell in love with the sport.

“I started boxing when I was eight years old. My dad took me to Richard Steele’s gym, Nevada Partners. Richard showed me the basics, but then I started  training with Roger Mayweather. He also trained professionals, so sometimes he would move to the Laila Ali gym and I would stay at Nevada Partners, ‘cause it was an amateur gym. Roger was my trainer all the way until I changed to Robert Alcazar.

“I think I had around 140 amateur fights. I must have had close to 20 losses. I was on the Mexican national team for a year, from late ’07. I had to go live in Mexico City that whole year – they had the Olympic committee there. We were there with a whole bunch of athletes – track, swimmers, everything. The national team have their own trainers there.

“I fight righthanded, but I’m kind of both – ambidextrous. I throw a baseball with my right, I throw a football with my left, I bat with my left, I write with my right. I kind of mix it up. Anything I can’t do with my left, I can do with my right.

“I still live with my parents, we’re a very close family. I feel very comfortable living with them – they keep me grounded, I guess you could say. My dad makes sure we have everything set for training camp – anything that needs to be taken care of for training, he takes care of it. My mom, she’s like, my personal chef. She cooks for me and whatever I need, she knows how to make it. My dad helps out when I need vitamins and things like that. I’m in the position I’m in now because of their help. Put it like this – it’s like going to a nice restaurant, I have it at home. So, I mean, why move out?

“I graduated from Palo Verde High School in Las Vegas, and I have a daughter. Her name is Jennifer – she was four on July 4th.”…

AMATEUR HIGHLIGHTS:

Jessie said, “You have to finish in first or second place in the Qualifiers to go to the Olympics, so I was eliminated. But it was a great experience. They were great fights, but I wasn’t too good with the points system because I’m the type of fighter that, each punch I land, I want to make sure you feel it. I didn’t go the Olympics with the rest of the team.”…

2008 AMERICAN OLYMPIC QUALIFIER – Guatemala City, Guatemala, 141 pounds [Jessie was on the Mexican team]: in his first fight on 4-25-08 he won a 9-6 decision against Carlos Sanchez of Ecuador; in his second fight on 4-26-08 he lost a 15-7 decision against Jonathan Gonzalez of Puerto Rico…

2008 AMERICAN OLYMPIC QUALIFIER – Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago, 141 pounds [Jessie was on the Mexican team]: in his first fight on 3-13-08 he lost a 25-8 decision against Rosniel Iglesias of Cuba…

2008 DUALS USA-MEXICO – San Diego, California, 141 pounds [Jessie was on the Mexican team]: on 1-18-08 he won a 15-12 decision against Andre Sherard of the U.S.A.…

2007 MEXICAN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS – Ciudad Victoria, Tamaulipas, Mexico, 141 pounds – SILVER MEDALIST [Jessie was on the Mexican team; incomplete results]: in the finals on 12-7-07 he lost a 12-8 decision against Luis Grajeda

2007 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS – Chicago, Illinois, 141 pounds: in his first fight on 10-23-07 he lost a 19-14 decision against Andrey Lukyanchuk of Ukraine…

2007  NATIONAL GOLDEN GLOVES CHAMPIONSHIPS – Chattanooga, Tennessee, 141 pounds – SILVER MEDALIST: in his first fight on 5-2-07 he won a decision against Edgar Zubia; in the quarterfinals on 5-3-07 he won a 5-0 decision against Danny O’Connor; in the semifinals on 5-4-07 he won a 4-1 decision against Tahree Carroll; in the finals on 5-5-07 he lost a 5-0 decision against Brad Solomon

2006 NATIONAL GOLDEN GLOVES CHAMPIONSHIPS – Omaha, Nebraska, 141 pounds: in his first fight on 4-24-06 he lost a 5-0 decision against Brad Solomon

 

STRENGTHS: Has good skills and movement…is experienced against good opposition…had a strong amateur background…

 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: 6 years, 2 months…25 fights…156 total rounds…24 world championship rounds…

AVERAGE LENGTH OF BOUTS: 6.2 rounds…

KNOCKOUT PERCENTAGE: 36 %...

DISTANCE FIGHTS: 12 rounds – 2 (2-0)…10 rounds – 7 (7-0)…