By Tré Berry III🖊️ | 02/28/2020
Tomorrow, a very intriguing bout will take place, as former 2-division World Titlist 🇺🇸Jessie Vargas (29-2-2, 11KO👊) will square off in what is expected to be a ⚖️50/50 affair against former 5 time, 4-division World Titlist 🇺🇸Mikey Garcia (39-1-0, 30KO👊). This bout will take place at Welterweight, with Vargas moving down after taking a fight at Super-Welterweight 10 months back, while Garcia is focused on setting a path not just to prove to people, but also to prove to himself that he is able to survive, and function in the Welterweight division.
GARCIA WITH A CHIP ON HIS SHOULDER
While it’s been a while since both boxers dawned 🥊🥊gloves on in the boxing ring, the focus of course has shifted more to Garcia for a litany of reasons. For one, Mikey has the bigger drawing power when it comes to generating interest, and there was a time where his career stagnated as he went on a hiatus after his lopsided shutout defeat against 🇺🇸Errol “The Truth” Spence Jr. in March of 2019.
With much speculation of whether he would drop back down in weight, or stay where he’s at, as well as where he would ultimately sign, and with the R word starting to enter the minds of some as a possibility (Retirement), Mikey decided to stay at Welterweight and try to find different conditioning methods to better train him physically for the big boys at Welterweight, and he wants to continue to pursue his dream of becoming the 6th boxer in history to win a version of a major title in 5 different divisions.
While it doesn’t seem to be much of a likelihood with his physical limitations and a deep, loaded Welterweight division, Garcia will look to try and prove pundits wrong when it comes to at least his staying power in the division, and Jessie Vargas is the perfect boxer to test himself against as he is one of the better fighters at 147. Mikey Garcia, like Jessie Vargas are new signees to 🗣️Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Boxing stable, making this quality match-up a relatively easy event to put together.
A PEAK-FORM VARGAS THINKING BIG TIME
Jessie Vargas is a talented fighter who is void of the spotlight, and as a result of that, his skill-set is underrated when you look at the overall 🖼️picture at Welterweight. In the division, you could roll off 12-15 boxers who are all of a high quality (some in a higher stratosphere of course), and all have some level of potential to win a Title or more with the right opportunities and circumstances. Vargas has a clear case of ranking in the top-10 at worst, and he will attempt to notch the biggest win on his resumé tomorrow in terms of name recognition and the accolades that Garcia has put together in his time in the sport.
Numbers at times tend to lie contrary to popular belief, and when you look at his record over his last three fights, he has 1 win and 2 draws, which on the surface level would indicate some struggles. When you however factor in his level of performance in that span, and with him having a legitimate case in his 2 draws where he could’ve (or should’ve) had victories over 🇺🇸Adrien “The Problem” Broner, and Puerto Rico’s 🇵🇷Thomas Dulorme, it masks his ability to box at a relatively high level. He has only lost to top notch opposition (losing to 🇺🇸Timothy Bradley & ♛🇵🇭Manny Pacquiao), and he will look to do whatever he can so that Garcia does not join that company. The 30 year old Las Vegas native has stated that he is currently at the peak of his physical prime, and can’t wait to show what he can do against his fellow Mexican/American compatriot.
The platform is 📺DAZN, as these two will look to close the show with a bang on one of the better cards to be put together in recent time. The winner of this bout appears certain to have grander opportunities in front of them, so the incentive is high despite there not being a legitimate Title belt on the line to win.