Vargas was a fantastic boxer, but he was a little raw when he faced Tito. In rounds 2-9, you witnessed what could have been. He stood directly in the pocket and completely outboxed one of the game's top infighters. In fact, after those 9 rounds, many people had already signed on board for Martinez as they watched him get pummeled by this young upstart.
But then, in round 10, something changed. An old fighter who knew more than anyone about fighting in the ring with someone who has never fought before is called into action. He came out firing shots of his own and started to wear down Vargas with hooks and uppercuts until he finally took him out at 2:58 of round 10 with a huge left hook to the jaw that put an end to the fight and became known as the blow that saved Martinez's career.
Vargas fell to 28-4-1 (21 KOs) while Martinez rose to the top of the pile at age 36. They both agreed to meet again in a 12-round bout for the WBC super featherweight title. This time around, Martinez used his experience to his advantage by working behind a jab and scoring with accurate rights. He won by unanimous decision.
Put an end to Fernando Vargas' battle. The return of former two-time junior middleweight champion Fernando Vargas has been postponed due to sickness. Vargas has lost his last three fights, including two knockouts by Shane Mosley. Vargas retired after losing to Mayorga.
Fernando Vargas made his professional boxing debut on January 19, 1995, at the Ramada Inn in Hialeah, Florida, where he defeated Carlos Hernandez via technical knockout in the second round. He went on to record six wins and one loss (1 KO) as a junior middleweight.
After winning his first seven fights as a light heavyweight, Vargas dropped down to middleweight for his next fight on November 4, 2000. He lost that fight via unanimous decision against future champion David Telesco. After this fight, Vargas decided to retire from boxing due to physical problems. He returned to the ring in 2004 for one final fight but was defeated by Jorge Paez.
Vargas ended his career with a record of 26 wins, one loss and one draw. He won the WBC Latino title during his time as a light heavyweight but never defended it. As a middleweight, he only had one successful title defense against future champion David Telesco.
Vargas announced his retirement following this fight.
Silva overcame Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. in a stunningly brilliant boxing performance on Saturday night at Jalisco Stadium in Guadalajara, Mexico, through split decision (75-77, 77-75, 77-75). Silva, a huge underdog, had not boxed since 2005 and had only two pro boxing contests prior to the battle. But he showed great heart, skill and courage to defeat an undefeated champion who was considered by many as the best boxer in the world.
The fight was close throughout, with both boxers showing tremendous heart in multiple rounds. In the end, it was Silva's skill and experience that won him the fight, as he used his jab and slipped punches to land effective blows that forced Chavez to cover up and counterattack late in the bout. After the fight, Chavez's team claimed that their fighter was injured during the bout but still managed to walk back to his corner after every round. This claim was later refuted by doctors who examined Chavez after the fight and found no signs of injury.
Chavez (44-3-1), the son of the legendary Julio César Chávez, was expected to defend his WBC middleweight title against Silva (31-4), but now it's unclear who will get this opportunity. Both fighters are ranked number one by the WBC, so a match-up is possible if they can't come to an agreement. If this happens, then the winner would be named the new champion.
Fernando Javier Vargas (born December 7, 1977) is a former professional boxer from the United States who competed from 1997 to 2007. Vargas became the youngest boxer in history to win a light middleweight world title when he won the IBF belt at the age of 21. He also held the WBC super welterweight title between 2004 and 2005.
After losing his titles to Michael Jennings, Vargas retired from boxing in 2008 and now works as a boxing commentator for ESPN.
He has been nominated for an Oscar twice in the Best Supporting Actor category: for his role as Felix Trinidad in The Contender (2003) and for his role as Hector Salgado in 32 Dates (2002).
Vargas is also known for his involvement in the 2001 scandal where it was revealed that he had tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs after defeating James Toney for the WBC heavyweight championship. As a result, he was stripped of his title and lost his undefeated record.
After one year away from the ring, Vargas returned with a victory over Roy Jones Jr. to reclaim his title. However, he lost the belt back to Jennings after only 12 rounds. After this fight, he announced his retirement from boxing.
In 2003, Vargas appeared in The Contender alongside Sylvester Stallone and Wesley Snipes.
He retired in 2007 with a 26-5 record (22 knockouts). Vargas, now 40, lives in Las Vegas with his wife and four children. He is still active in boxing, teaching two of his kids, both of whom are promising amateurs ("The legacy continues on," Vargas stated), as well as numerous professionals. His son Fernando Jr., 16, is already fighting elite competition in the United States.
In addition to his career as a boxer, Vargas was also a body builder. In 2001, he won the Mr. Nevada title.
Vargas started training for a role on The Sopranos when he came across an advertisement for a job as a stunt man. He sent in his resume and got hired on the spot. After appearing in three episodes as a stunt man, he was given a part as an actor. On set, he learned that many of the scenes were shot very fast so they needed more than one take. That's when Vargas decided to become a professional boxer so he could act in fewer shots.
After making his debut in 2003, Vargas went on to have a successful career, winning the WBA super lightweight championship in 2005 before losing it to Antonio DeMarco later that year. After leaving boxing, he started a business planning events and working with celebrities. Vargas has appeared in several movies including Black Sunday, Dream Team and The Mechanic. He also had a role in the 2013 film Jack & Diane.