Weekend Thoughts

By William Trillo

To say I was surprised at the outcome of the Jessie Vargas vs. Sadam Ali Vacant WBO Welterweight Title fight would be putting it mildly. I am sure I am not the only who was caught off guard when Vargas stopped Ali in the ninth round. Surely Ali was shocked. At 26-1 with a mere 9 KO’s the likelihood of Vargas winning by KO was unfathomable. But in hindsight that 12th round near KO of Bradley in his last fight wasn’t a fluke after all…or so it seems. That right hand Vargas uncorked on Ali was pretty much the same blow that almost spelled doom for Bradley a few months ago. After a fistful of trainers maybe Vargas found the pop to finally be considered a 147 pound fighter to be reckoned with.

Maybe it wasn’t as dramatic, but seeing Antonio Margarito flat on his back with Jorge Paez Jr. standing over him was not what “Tijuana Tornado” fans were expecting. But Margarito rose before the count of ten and went on to win a unanimous decision. It was a tougher than expected fight. Margarito will have to do a lot better in his next fight if he wants to get back in the title picture.

On paper the sixth round KO by Luis Ortiz over Tony Thompson looks good but the crafty veteran Thompson exposed some chinks in the armor of Ortiz. That could be a good thing for boxing fans as many fighters who have been avoiding the Cuban southpaw at all costs will now be a little more willing to get in the ring with “The Real King Kong”.

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