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Vargas ready for Nietes

Photo: Zanfer Boxing
Photo: Zanfer Boxing

WBO interim strawweight champion Manuel “Chango” Vargas (26-3-1, 11 KOs) is in the final stages of his preparation to confront WBO champion Donnie Nietes (24-1-3, 14 KOs) for the full WBO title on the big September 12 Latin Fury card at the Palenque de la Feria de Tepic, Nayarit, Mexico. On the same night Julio César Chávez Jr. faces Jason LeHoullier and Fernando “Cochulito” Montiel goes against lefty Alex Valdez. Vargas, 28, has been training in his hometown of Lagos de Moreno, Jalisco, with his father Manuel Vargas. “The preparation has been intense,” said Vargas. “We know the danger of Nietes, but with a good physical condition we’ll be able to successfully face him. We are now very near the weight of the straw division.”

Vargas hinted that he’s thinking up to the flyweight division. “We’ve been talking to my team and seeing what are the options to climb to flyweight. I will speak after the fight with my agent Alejandro Brito and ZANFER before fighting Nietes and make the plan,” explained idol of Lagos de Moreno.

His manager Wilibardo Arroyo said that this Friday Vargas will spar 12 rounds with his sparring partners Enrique Bernache and Sergio Becerra.

“Chango” Vargas defended his belt in February 2009 in Hermosillo, Sonora winning by unanimous decision over Panamanian Walter Taylor, who proved to be a very competitive challenger.

“It was a tough fight, Taylor endured a lot of punishment and was always attacking, so I had to master him,” said Vargas who debuted in professional boxing on April 25th 2003 with a defeat to Abel Ochoa.

About Nietes from the Philippines, Vargas descibed him as “a consistently fast and dangerous opponent,” but he promised “the belt stays in Mexico absolutely.”

Vargas will arrive in Tepic next Tuesday.

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