By Francisco Salazar
Unbeaten junior welterweight Jesse Vargas has faced and defeated prospects and former world title challengers throughout his young career. Now he hopes to be victorious over a former world title holder. Golden Boy Promotions vice president and chief matchmaker Eric Gomez told Fightnews.com that Vargas will take on hard-hitting Vivian Harris on April 8th at Buffalo Bill’s Star Arena in Primm, NV. The bout is scheduled for 10 rounds and it will be Vargas’ toughest opposition on paper. The Vargas-Harris bout will be televised on Telefutura’s “Solo Boxeo Tecate.”
“This is Jesse’s toughest fight because Vivian possesses the hardest punching power he has faced,” said Gomez late Wednesday morning.
Vargas is coming off a lackluster eight round unanimous decision over Cristian Favela last month at the Club Nokia at L.A. Live.
Last year, Vargas impressively stopped former world title challenger Arturo Morua inside six rounds in May. Less than two months later, Vargas, who turns 22 in May, knocked out former fringe contender Ernesto Zavala.
Although Harris is on the down side of his career, winning only once in his last five fights, he is still a dangerous puncher and has name recognition. He won a world title at 140 pounds in October 2002, stopping Diobelys Hurtado in the second round. He successfully defended the title three times before losing it to Carlos Maussa in June of 2005.
In his last bout in September, Harris was stopped in the third round by Victor Ortiz at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles. He fights under the Golden Boy Promotions banner.