Vargas: "I Will Become Three-
Weight World Champion"
Jessie Vargas believes he will become a three-weight World
champion and said on the latest episode of Matchroom
Boxing’s podcast ‘The Lockdown Tapes’ that he’s ready to go
all-out to make that a reality when boxing returns.
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Vargas (29-3-2 11 KOs) has held the WBA Super-Lightweight
and WBO Welterweight strap and last April, he signaled his
intentions to rule the roost at Super-Welterweight when he
dispatched Humberto Soto in Los Angeles inside six rounds.
The Las Vegas star returned to 147lbs to face Mikey Garcia
in Frisco, Texas in February, getting off the canvas in the
fifth round to push Garcia all the way to the end, but now
the 31 year old looks set to stick his flag in the ground at
154lbs, targeting former champion Liam Smith as well as the
belt holders in the division.
“I will become a three-division World Champion very soon, I
am positive,” said Vargas. “I am hungrier than ever, and I
feel very comfortable in this division. There are ways that
we can line up the big fights for me to become champion
“I feel like I have something to prove now to myself and
everyone, it’s now or never. I am going to push myself to be
in a position where I am comfortable, and I have the right
team around me to do so the future is exciting for me.
“The Liam Smith fight is one I am definitely interested in.
I will speak to my promoters very soon and go from there. I
will fight anyone in the 154lb division.”
Winning a World title at a third weight would be another
fantastic chapter in a storied career, and as he approaches
12 years as a pro in September, Vargas looks back fondly on
his days training with the late Roger Mayweather, his bouts
on Floyd Mayweather’s huge fight nights and his clash with
“I trained with Roger for years,” said Vargas. “I had to
move gyms because his gym was only for pro’s and I needed
support from an amateur gym.
“I was 15 when I hooked back up with Roger and stayed with
him right up until I was 23. He was sick so he wasn’t always
at the gym which was the reason why I had to make a change.
I got to spend a lot of time with him and learn so much from
one of the greats, just being in that Mayweather environment
“I was one of those kids that worked with Roger alongside
Devin Haney. He was direct and always spoke his mind. He was
a great guy.
“I was 23 and I remember seeing Devin in the gym and saw him
always giving it his all and would encourage him. It’s a joy
to see him succeeding the way he is. Now he’s working with
Floyd which is great for him as he’s learning from the best.
“It was fascinating and having the opportunity to fight on
the biggest stage in boxing told me I was on the right path.
“I was very young, but I made sure to shine and I won by
knockout, it was electrifying and gave me a little taste of
what was to come.
“I also boxed on Ortiz vs Mayweather and Mosley vs
Mayweather cards. I have been blessed to fight on big
platforms and then headline my own shows.
“I looked over the ring to Manny and thought ‘let’s do it’.
I was smiling inside. You have got to be confident in your
own abilities and believe in yourself.
“The atmosphere was incredible, and I gave it my all. It was
a great learning experience and now it’s about pushing
myself to get to the top once again.
"His positioning and his speed are his main attributes. His
speed was dangerous and if you don’t see it, he will take
you down. He is for sure the best I have faced in the ring.”