Jessie Vargas is Ready for the Big StageWritten by Joseph Herron
The life of a prizefighter is one of discipline, determination, and great sacrifice.
The hurt business can be so brutal and so demanding, that fighters often lose sight of its original intent: sports entertainment.
Although prizefighting is indeed entertainment, any fighter or trainer will tell you that you can play football or basketball...but you can't play boxing. It's serious business.
As a result, fight fans, critics, pundits, journalists, promoters, and boxers alike are all guilty of placing too much emphasis on a single mediocre performance or a lone blemish on a fighter's resume.
This unmerited scrutiny often results in safety first stalemates and less than aesthetically pleasing performances on nationally televised fight cards.
Top Jr. Welterweight contender Jessie Vargas (16-0, 9 KOs) feels that the scrutinizing fight public will be pleased with what they see this Saturday, September 17th.
"This is by far the biggest fight of my career so far," claims the 22 year old puncher. "I am very excited and anxious to step in the ring and show the fight public what I have. I know the world will be watching. Having big names on the fight card like Floyd Mayeather Jr., Erik Morales, and Saul Alvarez means that it's going to be big."
To begin the televised portion of the "Star Power" pay per view presented by Golden Boy Promotions, Vargas will be taking on his toughest test to date, 27 year old Josesito Lopez (29-3, 17 KOs). The Las Vegas based fighter feels that a great eye opening performance will yield additional opportunities in the talent enriched and highly competitive 140 pound weight division.
"Expect a great fight," states Jessie Vargas. "You have two young fighters who are coming to win. Both Lopez and I realize that a victory on Saturday night will be presented with bigger and better opportunities in the packed Jr. Welterweight division."
Although the 140lbs division is indeed the most competitive in boxing, Jessie doesn't plan on becoming just another face in the Super Lightweight crowd.
"I plan on fighting at 140 lbs. for quite some time. Right now, I think this is the weight to compete at in boxing. It's packed with great fighters, and now it's time to get in the mix and take out some of those great fighters."
Even if Vargas has his sights set on bigger fights further down the road, the young pugilist realizes that he initially has to take care of serious business this Saturday night.
"I'm not trying to look past Josesito. He is a great fighter and he's going to come to fight, just like me. I am very positive, I know what I have, and I am looking forward to coming away with a win on September 17th. That's all that I'm thinking about...that's all that is in my head is coming out victorious against Josesito Lopez."
In preparing for this fight, Vargas is working with veteran trainer Robert Alcazar; the hungry 22 year old states that he will be mentally and physically ready for battle on September 17th.
"We have been training very well together and camp has been great. We are ready for this fight. Whatever Josesito wants to bring, we will be ready for it."
This Saturday night, contender Jessie Vargas begins a new and exciting chapter in his life; one that he hopes will include a much deserved celebration.
"On September 17th, I'm looking forward to coming away with the victory. I want to thank all of my fans for all of the support they've given me and I hope they enjoy a great fight this Saturday night!!"