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21 SEPTEMBER 2018

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Vargas Rallies To TKO Win Over Miura In Nine


By Marc Livitz: Las Vegas, NV - Francisco Vargas as well as Takashi Miura gained fan points in the evening’s co-main event. They traded knockdowns and earth shaking head as well as body shots in a WBC super featherweight championship contest. In the early moments of the ninth, Vargas prevailed by way of a stoppage. The bout had just about everything. Early on, the newly crowned super featherweight champion looked as if his nineteen fight win streak would easily go to twenty, then a few minutes later, it appeared to be in jeopardy. This was easily a fight of the year candidate.

 

Southpaw Miura (29-3-2, 22 KO’s) was looking to time the perfect shot from the opening bell. The Tokyo, Japan native wasn’t hoping to set up a meaningful shot with his jab. He was looking for the fences, but he took a flush, sweeping right to the face from his Mexico City opponent and looked to have touched one glove to the canvas. Referee Tony Weeks didn’t signal a knockdown, however. The unbeaten Vargas (23-0-1, 17 KO’s) popped him on the chin with a right uppercut to close the round. Francisco was having his way with Takashi throughout much of the second. He was catching him before and after close in encounters, although Miura seemed to have regained his composure as he threw upward and outward right back at him.

 

Takashi would get close in as he attempted to tag Vargas with his power shots. Francisco would punch away to keep him away, but he kept coming back. Miura landed hard punches to the body and head as he split his Mexican foe’s traditional guard. Francisco was now showing a cut under his right eye as the third closed. He didn’t seem to care as he continued to go at his man from Japan in the fourth. Miura tried to work the body and would step back just momentarily to load up his shots. With thirty seconds to go in the round, a superb one-two from Miura sent Vargas down and into a corner with a straight left to the face. Francisco beat the count as the bell sounded shortly thereafter. We had a fight on our hands for sure.

 

Takashi was beating Francisco to the punch in the fifth. Miura’s left hook was getting stronger. Vargas was going nowhere, however as he ripped shots to the body. A strong punch to the body from the fighter from Tokyo soon followed. The cut under Francisco’s eye getting worse and he came out firing in the sixth round. He quickly slowed down because Miura wasn’t buying it. They traded shots to the ribs and guts area. Through six, Takashi may have held a slight edge on the cards.

 

Vargas was still trying to keep Miura away as the seventh commenced. Takashi caught him with another left to the head just moments into the round. He as able to get Francisco to stand almost directly in front of him so he could worsen the condition of his right eye, which was now a bad sight to behold.

 

"El Bandito" Vargas used his jab in the eighth and looked to hit and move. His eye looked to be slowly closing. Miura was soon backing him up with hard lefts. Francisco felt the sting of another thudding left from Takashi and took a number of unanswered shots in the corner just seconds before the bell sounded. His eye was now affected by cuts both above as well as below it.

 

Round nine began and how the tides quickly turned for the man from Mexico City. A perfectly timed left uppercut set up a straight right that bucked Miura’s legs and sent him dazed and bewildered to the canvas. Takashi worked hard to find his equilibrium and beat the count. He was more than out on his feet but he kept fighting. Vargas was laying the wood to him but he remained vertical by tying and clinching.

 

The round was about to reach its midway point when referee Tony Weeks thought of the health and safety of Miura and stepped in to stop the bout. Francisco "El Bandito" Vargas is now the new WBC super featherweight champion.

 

 

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November 21, 2015




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