Well, that was awesome.
After an absolute stinker from Guillermo Rigondeaux, the burden fell to Francisco Vargas and Takashi Miurato to spark momentum heading into the HBO Boxing pay-per-view (PPV) main event last night (Sat., Nov. 21, 2015) inside Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.
And damned if they didn't do so.
The two super talented Super Featherweight stars went to war, trading knockdowns and hundreds of power punches before Vargas' power brought things to an end in the ninth round.
Vargas (23-0-1, 17 KO) came damn close to ending things in the first two minutes, nearly flattening Miura with a right hook and battering him with punches for the entirety of the first round. To his credit, Miura (29-3-2, 22 KO) stood up to the punishment, eventually returning the favor with a hard knockdown at the end of the third round.
The two waged war for the next five rounds. At the end of the eighth, Miura seemed on the verge of a stoppage after rattling Vargas with another brutal left, but Vargas roared back at the start of the ninth with a brutal combination. Miura went down hard and his efforts to stand up quickly may have doomed him. Vargas never gave him a chance to recover, ultimately stopping him on his feet when Tony Weeks had seen enough.
Technique is always appreciated, but there's nothing like a good old-fashioned slugfest to get you pumped up.
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