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Jessie Vargas set for first title defense

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Unbeaten world champion Jessie Vargas of Las Vegas will defend his WBA jr welterweight title against undefeated Anton Novikov of Russia at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas on Saturday, August 2. For Vargas (24-0, 9 KOs), it will be his first title defense since dethroning previously unbeaten world titleholder Khabib Allakhverdiev for the belt in April. Novikov enters with a record of 29-0 with 10 KOs.

All-action former world champions Brandon Rios and Diego Chaves will collide in the main event. HBO will televise.

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