Mikey Garcia had a impolite awakening in his welterweight debut previous March, when Errol Spence Jr. shut him out in a lopsided unanimous final decision.
Now, the 4-division earth winner returns, nonetheless looking to get his footing at 147 lbs . when he faces Jessie Vargas at The Ford Heart at The Star in Frisco, Tex. on Saturday night time, reside on DAZN. For the 32-yr-aged Garcia (39-1, 30 KOs), the process at hand is obvious — flip the webpage on his very first professional decline and confirm that he’s a legitimate contender in what is actually regarded by many as the toughest division in boxing.
“When I bought in the ring with Errol, it just was not my night time,” Garcia told DAZN News previously in the month. “I felt slow. I felt sluggish. I felt weak. I felt worn out. Every little thing that could have went wrong, went wrong. …
“I know there is a ton far more that I can do. I hope that on the twenty ninth of February, I will respond to all of these thoughts,” he additional. “I will give all the enthusiasts a good efficiency that they can truly glance at me and be like, ‘This person is a legitimate contender at welterweight. He can truly combat at welterweight.'”
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Vargas (29-two-two, eleven KOs) aims to do everything in his energy Saturday night time to make sure that Garcia picked the wrong fighter to try to make a assertion out of.
“Keep in brain, there is no straightforward combat in this division,” Vargas stated, though talking with DAZN News in the course of a new cellphone job interview. “After this combat, (Garcia) could nonetheless go down to one hundred forty (lbs .) and try to have some success there, but I just see myself acquiring a great deal of rewards.
“He’s a very good fighter, do not get me wrong,” Vargas ongoing. “Still, I’m the purely natural welterweight, and I’m going to make sure that he feels my energy.”
Will Garcia dazzle and supply his very first victory at welterweight or will Vargas confirm to have way too a lot energy for the adorned boxer?
Sporting News is monitoring reside updates and round-by-round highlights from Saturday’s combat between Mikey Garcia and Jessie Vargas. Observe together down below for complete outcomes.
Mikey Garcia vs. Jessie Vargas reside updates, highlights
nine:30 p.m.: In the ninth round, as this combat stays in the phonebooth. Harris stays suitable in the champ’s face. Martinez is doling out far more punishment than he’s using, but Harris is earning his photographs rely way too. This is acquiring incredibly intriguing by the minute.
nine:24 p.m.: Martinez is the far more proficient boxer, but Harris has big-time coronary heart. He just took the seventh round, with a crisp three-punch mixture that break up the champ’s guard and drove his head back. Fantastic round for Harris, who retains locating a way.
nine:fifteen p.m.: A bulk of the fifth round was fought in the phonebooth, with Martinez acquiring the far better of the exchanges by rocking Harris’ overall body and tagging him upstairs as very well. These overall body photographs are going to take a toll on the challenger. They have bought to.
nine:10 p.m.: Martinez buries a remaining to Harris’ overall body and then goes upstairs with a suitable right here in the fourth round now. That sequence briefly quells the firefight we’ve noticed in many moments early into this bout. Entertaining to say the least. Martinez is a hugely-proficient fighter to say the least, but Harris is tricky and is specially carrying out a very good career landing really hard photographs in the course of the waning seconds of rounds.
nine:05 p.m.: Harris had a very good 2nd round, but nonetheless bought rocked with a scintillating suitable hand — the most effective punch of the frame.
nine:00 p.m.: Martinez is as very good as it receives with both equally hands. Every little thing is lightning-speedy and accurate. The defending WBC flyweight champ presently has his challenger on detect of his ambidextrous talent and energy, specially when it arrived to his remaining, sweeping uppercut. Dazzling stuff that very first round.
8:forty seven p.m.: Freshly-crowned WBC flyweight winner Julio Cesar Martinez up upcoming, defending his title versus Jay Harris. Martinez was totally sensational in December, when he defeated Cristofer Rosales to acquire the title. The 25-yr-aged Martinez’ change-hitting style is something to see.
8:forty one p.m.: Parker tells DAZN’s Chris Mannix that he would like a combat with Dereck Chisora and a rematch with Dillian Whyte this yr. Parker missing to Whyte by means of unanimous final decision back in July 2018.
Joseph Parker crushes Shawndell Winters with fifth-round TKO
8:36 p.m.: Just … like … that! Parker buckled Winters’ knees with a really hard suitable hand across the jaw and then arrived back with a flush right-remaining-suitable combo to fall Winters just about by way of the ring ropes in the fifth round.
Winters made it up to his ft, but was in no issue to carry on.
8:33 p.m.: Winters did quite very well for himself that fourth round, even clipping Parker with a test remaining hook that opened up a lower over the previous earth champ’s suitable eye.
8:30 p.m.: A big, chopping suitable hand drops Winters with a thud late in the third round. Let’s see if Parker could close factors out right here in the fourth.
8:20 p.m.: Parker asserted a really hard jab that very first round. Let’s see how he provides to it now.
8:10 p.m.: Previous earth heavyweight winner Joseph Parker kicks off this primary card against Shawndell Winters. Parker will be hoping to thrust himself back to the forefront of a purple-sizzling heavyweight division.
8:00 p.m.: Doubling down at welterweight just after his division debut finished in his very first pro loss is a daring transfer for Mikey Garcia. We’re going to see how he fares tonight. This primary card is now reside. Rock with Sporting News right here for all the reside updates and highlights.
7:50 p.m.: The primary card is 10 minutes away from launching. It must be an excellent night time of boxing all all around.
7:forty two p.m.: Make that 5 wins — all by knockout — to start his professional vocation for Israil Madrimov. He dropped Navarro with a crunching overall body shot, just before dropping him once again for a sixth-round TKO.
7:30 p.m.: Israil Madrimov vs. Charlie Navarro in junior middleweight action right here. They are in the third round of a 10-round combat. Remain locked in with Sporting News for all the reside updates and round-by-round highlights tonight.
What time does the Garcia vs. Vargas combat start?
- Prelims: 6 p.m. ET | 3 p.m. PT
- Principal card: 8 p.m. ET | 5 p.m. PT
- Principal event: eleven p.m. ET | 8 p.m. PT (approx.)
Coverage of the Mikey Garcia vs. Jessie Vargas fight will start off with the undercard at 6 p.m. with the primary card slated for an 8 p.m. start. Vargas and Garcia are envisioned to make their ring walks for the primary event at about eleven p.m., even though that time depends on the duration of previously fights.
Garcia vs. Vargas combat card
- Mikey Garcia vs. Jessie Vargas Welterweight
- Kal Yafai vs. Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez for Yafai’s WBA junior bantamweight title
- Julio Cesar Martinez vs. Jay Harris for Martinez’s WBC flyweight title
- Joseph Parker vs. Shawndell Winters Heavyweight
- Diego Pacheco vs. Oscar Riojas Tremendous middleweight
- Israil Madrimov vs. Charlie Navarro Jr. middleweight
- Alexis Espino vs. Delvecchio Savage Tremendous middleweight
- Leo Ruiz Acevedo vs. Dennis Knifechief Jr. middleweight
- Jesse Rodriguez vs. Marco Sustaita Flyweight