Vargas, Mayorga in showdown

Vargas, Mayorga in showdown

JOHANNESBURG – Former world champions Ricardo Mayorga and Fernando Vargas will fight for a less glamorous title when they meet in Los Angeles tonight.

The vacant WBC Continental Americas super middleweight title is at stake and the action at the Staples Centre will be televised live on SuperSport 5 and SS 8, starting at 04h00 on Saturday, SA time. Even though the fight is billed for a super middleweight title the camps have agreed on a limit of 75,28 kg.This will be the first time that both fighters have fought above the middleweight limit.The 33-year-old Mayorga has a record of 28-6-1, with 23 stoppages.The man from Managua in Nicaragua is a former WBC and WBA welterweight champion and WBC light middleweight champion.In his last fight, in May 2006, Mayorga lost the WBC light middleweight belt when he was beaten in six rounds by Oscar De la Hoya.Mayorga won the vacant WBC belt in August 2005 when he scored a one-sided 12-round points decision over Italian Michele Piccirillo.The best performance of Mayorga’s career was in January 2003 when he stopped the highly rated Vernon Forrest in three rounds.Vargas, 29, from Oxnard in California, is a former IBF and WBA junior middleweight champion.He is a boxer/puncher who likes to dig into the body and has excellent balance, unlike the often wildly swinging but big-punching Mayorga.Vargas (26-4; 22) lost to Shane Mosley twice last year.Mosley stopped him in ten rounds in February and in the sixth round in July.Vargas won the IBF light middleweight belt in December 1998 when he stopped veteran Luis Ramon Campas.He added the WBA belt to his collection when he stopped Jose Alfredo Flores in seven for the vacant title.In possibly his worst performance, in September 2002, he was outclassed and battered to defeat in eleven rounds by De La Hoya.Vargas, who has been troubled in recent years by ailments and injuries, will have to stick and move and keep out of range of Mayorga to win this one.In the co-feature, Kermit Cintron (28-1; 26) is scheduled to defend his IBF welterweight belt for the second time when he faces Jesse Feliciano (15-5; 9).Junior middleweights Roman Karmazin and Luca Messi will also be in action.SuperboxingEven though the fight is billed for a super middleweight title the camps have agreed on a limit of 75,28 kg.This will be the first time that both fighters have fought above the middleweight limit.The 33-year-old Mayorga has a record of 28-6-1, with 23 stoppages.The man from Managua in Nicaragua is a former WBC and WBA welterweight champion and WBC light middleweight champion.In his last fight, in May 2006, Mayorga lost the WBC light middleweight belt when he was beaten in six rounds by Oscar De la Hoya.Mayorga won the vacant WBC belt in August 2005 when he scored a one-sided 12-round points decision over Italian Michele Piccirillo.The best performance of Mayorga’s career was in January 2003 when he stopped the highly rated Vernon Forrest in three rounds.Vargas, 29, from Oxnard in California, is a former IBF and WBA junior middleweight champion.He is a boxer/puncher who likes to dig into the body and has excellent balance, unlike the often wildly swinging but big-punching Mayorga.Vargas (26-4; 22) lost to Shane Mosley twice last year.Mosley stopped him in ten rounds in February and in the sixth round in July.Vargas won the IBF light middleweight belt in December 1998 when he stopped veteran Luis Ramon Campas.He added the WBA belt to his collection when he stopped Jose Alfredo Flores in seven for the vacant title.In possibly his worst performance, in September 2002, he was outclassed and battered to defeat in eleven rounds by De La Hoya.Vargas, who has been troubled in recent years by ailments and injuries, will have to stick and move and keep out of range of Mayorga to win this one.In the co-feature, Kermit Cintron (28-1; 26) is scheduled to defend his IBF welterweight belt for the second time when he faces Jesse Feliciano (15-5; 9).Junior middleweights Roman Karmazin and Luca Messi will also be in action.Superboxing

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