TUCSON, AZ - -- Francisco Vargas challenges Miguel Berchelt in a rematch for the WBC World Super Featherweight title Saturday at the Tucson Arena.
Vargas though may have already won the most talked about fight of his career. That occurred April 12, 2018, when he knocked out former lightweight contender Rod Salka, of Pittsburgh, PA, in the sixth round at the Fantasy Spring Casino in Indio, CA.
What garnered Vargas all the media attention was that Salka's red, white and blue trunks were emblazoned with a wall and the words "America First" on them, a reference to President Donald Trump's immigration policies. The media attention was instant and it may have been the 34-year-old Vargas' most notable victory as a pro.
Vargas (25-1-2, 18 KOs) is not simply a Mexican boxer--he is a Mexican Olympic Boxer, having represented his country in the 2008 Olympics.
On Saturday, he hopes to regain the WBC Super Featherweight Championship belt that he lost in his first meeting with Berchelt (55-1, 31 KOs), also at Fantasy Springs. Saturday’s fight is in Tucson, in the heart of the immigration debate.
In the co-feature, Emanuel Navarrete (26-1, 22 KOs) will defend his WBO junior featherweight world title against Isaac Dogboe (20-1, 14 KOs), the man he defeated by unanimous decision to win the title back on Dec. 8.
Other bouts on the card include:
- Fazliddin Gaibnazarov vs. Mykal Fox, 10 rounds, super lightweight
- Carlos Castro vs. Mario Diaz, 10 rounds, Castro’s WBC Continental Americas super bantamweight belt
- Manny Guajardo vs. Jonathan Espino, 4 rounds, middleweight
- Carlos Velasquez vs. Demetrius Mora, 4 rounds, lightweight
- Miguel Parra vs. David Morales, 6 rounds, super lightweight
- Miguel Marriaga vs. TBA, 8/6 rounds, featherweight
- Christopher Gonzalez vs. TBA , 4 rounds, welterweight