Lightweight Prospect Emiliano Vargas Carries the Family Banner with Pride
You often see the offspring of world champion fighters decide to take up the sport. The mission is
to create their path while carrying the family legacy. Lightweight prospect Emiliano Vargas (2-0, 2 KOs) is the latest to embark on this journey.
FOR THE PEOPLE IN THE BACK
The youngest son of one-time junior middleweight champion “Ferocious” Fernando Vargas, Emiliano is a rising lightweight. His dad is also his trainer. During his fighting days, “Ferocious” was bold in and out of the ring. It appears the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree when it comes to his son. During an interview with Las Vegas Journal-Review, the 18-year-old lightweight broke down what he thinks his future will be.
“I want to be known as a badass . . . I just want to be the best; have as many belts as I can. Win as many belts in each division as I can, and just make the fans happy.”
After a 21-fight amateur career, he made his pro debut in May 2022 with a first-round knockout
over Mark Salgado at the Forum in Inglewood, California. In October 2022, the teenager signed a promotional deal with Top Rank.
BEST OF THE CLAN
His most recent outing was on November 12. Fighting on the undercard of Janibek Alimkhanuly – Denzel
Bentley, Vargas KO’d Julio Martinez in the second round. It was an impressive performance. After taking some time to survey his prey, the young man went to work. Early in the second, a beautiful counter left hook to the body followed by a left hook to the chin put Martinez down and out.
Vargas’s two older brothers also fight. But it seems pretty clear that the youngest sibling is the
most talented of the bunch. The precocious teen oozes natural talent. He’s very relaxed for a young fighter, displaying excellent fundamentals. His defense is sound, and the combinations flow with ease.
ON THE FAST TRACK
Some in his camp believe he will quickly shoot up the ranks and compete for a world title in under
twenty fights. During the post-fight interview following his over Martinez, young Vargas left this message for the boxing world, especially for those currently in the lightweight and junior welterweight divisions:
“The legacy continues. I wanna stay busy. I wanna stay in the ring. I’m only 18 years old; I wanna
grow. 135, 140, I’m coming. I’ll see you in a couple of years.”
Ultimately it becomes a question of if he can live up to the hype, and achieve the same feats as his
famous father. If attitude and talent count for anything, he could be well on his way.
By: Michael Wilson Jr.