Jessie Vargas talks champion status, wants swift return and big name opponents
Newly-crowned WBA and IBO light-welterweight champion Jessie Vargas is hoping to defend his titles in the summer after the unbeaten Californian realised his dream of claiming recognised titles against Khabib Allakhverdiev last month.
Vargas ended the Russian’s perfect record, whilst extending his own to 24-0, and believes everything fell into place at the right time and his decision to leave the welterweight division was fully justified.
“I think I performed well and most importantly I’m happy that the fans were pleased with my fight and my performance as that’s what matters to me,” Vargas told World Boxing News.
“I also feel there is things we have to work on to still become a better fighter. There is always room for improvement but overall I am happy with my performance. I have a great team that is taking me another level.
“That moment when I was declared the New WBA and IBO World Champion I was extremely happy and full of excitement. Words cannot describe how I felt. I dreamed of that moment since I was 8 years old.
“Day by day, month by month and every year I was waiting for the moment so I could be recognized as a world champion and that night a dream became a reality.”
The 25 year-old made the bold move to drop down in weight following a two-year spell at 147lbs and is now looking to take on the biggest names at 140, whilst keeping his options open at welterweight.
“I am anxious to be back in the ring and defend my titles,” said Vargas.
“I hope to be back in July in LA or Vegas as I would really like to stay busy. I feel that my career has just started.
“I am interested in fighting with the biggest names in my division, but it is my manager, Cameron Dunkin’s job to negotiate all my fights. One thing is for sure, There is a lot if talent in the light-welterweight division and some great fights to make.
“I’m the champion at 140 now, so I plan on defending my tittles here for now. I did fight at welterweight and was successful, so if a big opportunity opens up yes I will consider moving up.”
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