Franciso Vargas overcomes knockdown, rallies to TKO Takashi Miura in nine rounds

Francisco Vargas pounded out a thrilling TKO victory on Saturday night over Takashi Miura (Photo: Tom Hogan – HoganPhotos)


By Chris Robinson

In what turned out to be the Fight-of-the-Night and possibly the Fight-of-the-Year, Mexico City’s Francisco Vargas overcame a nasty cut and a bad knockdown before turning the tide and rallying to knockout former champion Takashi Miura in nine thrilling rounds inside of the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas on the Miguel Cotto vs. Canelo Alvarez undercard.

It was an absolute barnburner, as Vargas (23-0-1, 17 KO’s) started fast, rocking Miura (29-3-2, 22 KO’s) hard in the first round while trying to follow up and score a knockdown. Vargas kept the pressure in rounds two and three, but suffered  a bad cut under his right eye along the way, but tasted the canvas himself in the fourth, courtesy of a crisp left from Miura.

Vargas fought his way through middle frames in an exhilarating war, before a huge combination dropped Miura in the ninth. Vargas pounced on Miura afterwards, as referee Tony Weeks waived the match off.

And just as Canelo landed Golden Boy Promotions with a huge victory last night by defeating Miguel Cotto, so too did Vargas deliver.


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