At the age of 21, Antonio is a one-year pro. A sensational prospect at 118 pounds, he is a former elite amateur at the international level and was named USA Boxing’s “2015 Elite Male Athlete of the Year.” He won gold medals at the 2014 Pan American Youth Championships and 2015 Pan American Games, and represented the United States at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janiero, Brazil.
He has stayed very active with seven fights in his first 17 months as a pro.
In his last fight on July 28 in Kissimmee, Florida, he won a six-round unanimous decision against Aaron Echevesta.
Boxingscene.com’s Francisco Salazar reported [excerpts]: Bantamweight Antonio Vargas, a 2016 U.S. Olympian, battered Aaron Echeveste for six rounds, winning a one-sided decision. All three judges scored the bout 60-54 in favor of Vargas, who improves to 7-0, 3 KOs. [End Salazar item]
In an earlier interview, Antonio said, “I’ve been working with my trainer, Tito Ocasio, since I came back from the Olympics. He’s more of a professional-style coach, he’s trained several world champions. I decided to train with him because he’s one of the best professional coaches in Florida right now.
“My style – man, I like to bring the fight! I can box – I can be nice – but I just love to throw punches and let the fans see a good fight.
“I don’t have a nickname. My teammates used to call me ‘No Respect,’ but I didn’t really like it.”