Jessie Vargas defends belt for second time; pulls out tough UD over Antonio DeMarco

Jessie Vargas in the days prior to his showdown with Antonio DeMarco (Photo credit: Top Rank)

WBA World Super Lightweight Champion Jessie Vargas  with Roy Jones

By Chris Robinson

Moments ago, from the Cotai Arena inside of the Venetian Resort in Macau, China, WBA junior welterweight champion Jessie Vargas scored the second successful defense of his title with a unanimous decision victory over former lightweight titlist Antonio DeMarco.

Scores of 116-112 across the board were read in favor of Vargas, who has Roy Jones Jr. as his head trainer for this particular camp. Vargas improves to 26-0 with 9 knockouts while DeMarco falls to 31-4-1 with 23 stoppages.

Vargas had been mentioned as a possible opponent for Manny Pacquiao in recent times but it remains to be seen if his effort vs. DeMarco was big enough to get him closer to that shot.

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