Danny Garcia (32-0, 18 KOs) won’t have his WBC welterweight title on the line next month in his 10 round fight against #6 WBA Samuel Vargas (25-2-1, 13 KOs) on November 12 at the Liacoursas Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Garcia isn’t underestimating the 5’9” Vargas even though the fight is seen as a major mismatch and just a tune-up fight. Garcia is expecting Vargas to be a tough fight for him.
Premier Boxing Champions will be televising the fight on Spike. It’s unclear whether Showtime would have agreed to televise a mismatch like this as a main event on their network, but Spike is willing to put it on. This is Garcia’s last step before he faces WBA welterweight champion Keith “One Time” Thurman in early 2017.
There’s no word if the fight contract is already signed for the Thurman-Garcia fight or if it’s a verbal agreement. It would be a pity if Garcia turns around and goes in another direction next year rather than fighting Thurman. It would mean that the fight against Vargas would have been for nothing.
“People are acting like Keith Thurman has a cape like Superman and can fly. I want the other champions to think I’m vulnerable. Those are my easiest fights. I have to get past this fight to get to the next one,” said Garcia.
It’s not just the other champions that see Garcia as vulnerable. There are plenty of contenders who see Garcia as vulnerable as well. Whether Garcia is more vulnerable than WBO champion Jessie Vargas or not is unclear. Both fighters appear to be badly flawed. The reason why Danny Garcia is seen as a vulnerable fighter/champion is because of how he struggled against Robert Guerrero, Mauricio Herrera and Lamont Peterson. Those three fights were really hard for Garcia, and he did not look impressive. He could have lost two of those fights. The Peterson fight was a definite win for Garcia, but even in that fight, he likely would have lost if Peterson applied pressure.
“I know Vargas knows how to win. He’s won a lot in his career. I’m going to go out there and just fight. If it goes the distance, then it does. I can’t underestimate him. I’m going to put on a great show and dominate,” said Garcia.
Vargas, 27, has won a lot of fights, but unfortunately his wins have come against weak opposition. None of the fighters that Vargas has beaten during his six-year pro career are ranked fighters in the top 15. They’re all 2nd and 3rd tier fighters of lower level talent. Vargas took Errol Spence Jr. in 2015, but he was knocked out in 4 rounds. Vargas was little more than a speed bump for Spence in that fight. Spence worked Vargas’ body over with hard shots. In the 4th, Spence trapped Vargas against the ropes and unloaded on him with head and body shots until the referee was forced to step in and halt the fight.
In Vargas’ last 10 wins, he’s beaten these fighters: Juan Armando Garcia, Edgar Ortega, Robinson Assis, Ulises Jimenez, Cesar Chavez, Flavio Turelli, Bruce Runkle, Juan Jesus Rivera, Tebor Brosch and Lyes Chaibi. Those are all no name fighters. Besides losing to Spence, Vargas was beaten by Pablo Munguia in 2013.