Just shy of his twenty-first birthday, Mayweather Promotions rising star, Jesse Vargas (9-0, 4 KO's) prepares to defend his undefeated record in a showdown with Arturo Morua (25-13-1, 14 KO's) in a non-televised undercard bout on the highly anticipated Mayweather vs. Mosley: Who R U Picking? mega-fight night on Saturday at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
With an impressive amateur career including an appearance in the 2007 National Golden Gloves Tournament and a spot on the 2008 Mexican Olympic Team, Vargas is a fighter to keep an eye on. Relatively new to the boxing scene, the junior welterweight is quickly making a name for himself as he stands undefeated with nine wins, four of which were by knockout.
Boxing since the age of eight, the 20-year-old is eager to once again shine in his hometown of Las Vegas. "It's such an honor to be on the same card as Floyd Mayweather who's support and advice has already helped me a lot," said Vargas.
"The opportunity to fight alongside so many talented fighters is a dream come true and once my fight is over I am going to sit down and watch the rest of them myself."
Vargas, who is trained by Roger Mayweather out of the Mayweather Boxing Gym, has been working as hard as his boss, six-time world champion Floyd "Money" Mayweather, to make sure he comes out victorious. Keeping a careful eye on the young fighter's development is Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe.
"Jesse is an exceptionally talented young fighter and has a very bright future in front of him," said Ellerbe. "We're happy to have him on the fight card. Mayweather Promotions continues to recruit and attract the best up and coming talent in the sport and I am sure that we will continue to see great fights from him too."
Vargas made his professional debut on September 5, 2008 with a 59 second knockout of Joel Gonzalez. Another eight wins under his belt and Jesse Vargas is well prepared for his chance to show the world yet again how great of a fighter he truly is.
Vargas will take on Morua prior to the HBO-Pay-Per-View live telecast in a unique boxing showcase aired live by several satellite and cable providers including DirecTV, Dish Network, inDemand and TVN.
The free undercard preview will also feature an exciting eight round showdown between Eloy Perez (16-0-2, 4 KO's) and Gilberto Leon (23-7-2, 7 KO's). The special one and a half-hour show will begin at 7:00 p.m. ET/4:00 p.m. PT.
The HBO-Pay-Per-View live telecast will begin at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT with the Mayweather vs Mosley main event and a number of undercard bouts that include Saul "Canelo" Alvarez (31-0-1, 23 KO's) vs. Juan Miguel Cotto (31-1-1, 23 KO's) in a 10-round welterweight bout, Daniel Ponce De Leon (38-2, 32 KO's) against Cornelius Lock (19-4-1, 13 KO's) in a 10-round featherweight contest and Hector Saldivia vs. Said Ouali (26-3, 18 KO's) in a 10-round welterweight fight.