Jessie Vargas to move up to jr middleweight

By David Finger

In an unexpected development at the WBO’s 32nd annual convention, Joshua Roy of Matchroom Boxing requested to see #2 ranked welterweight Jessie Vargas (29-2-2, 11 KOs) removed from the WBO welterweight rankings as the former champion intends to fight in the junior middleweight division.

Roy asked that the WBO consider a similar rank at 154 for Vargas, however with Argentina’s Brian Carlos Castaño having been named mandatory challenger he may find himself unable to land a title fight until the later part of next year. Nonetheless Vargas would be seen as a solid and dangerous opponent for either the Brazilian champion or the former WBA champ from Argentina.

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  • Surprised Vargas hasn’t been in more high profile matchups. He’s a solid fighter. Sounds like he’s being set up for a Munguia title unification here.

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