Vargas talks fight with Soto, calls out Munguia

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Jessie Vargas returns with a move to 154 pounds this Friday on DAZN.

Former two-division titleholder Jessie Vargas is moving up in weight again for his fight on Friday, as he faces Humberto Soto on the Rungivsai-Estrada 2 card which will stream live on DAZN.

Vargas (28-2-2, 10 KO) went 0-0-2 in his final two fights at welterweight, drawing against both Adrien Broner and Thomas Dulorme. Now working with trainer Freddie Roach, he says he feels stronger going up to junior middleweight, and he’s looking for another world title fight sooner than later.

Jessie Vargas helps promote the show

“It’s a big show, it’s a big event. We have multiple fights that the fans are really going to enjoy. I’m happy to be a part of it. You have me fighting Humberto Soto and we’re here to give you action-packed fights, give you entertainment. We have Danny Roman fighting in a unification fight — I believe Roman is the WBA world champion and his opponent (TJ Doheny) is the IBF world champion. That’s gonna be a terrific showdown. And then the main event, we have a rematch between (Juan Francisco) Estrada and (Srisaket) Sor Rungvisai, which we all know the first match was a war, the second one I anticipate the exact same thing. I’m not sure on the outcome. I do know that the fans will get a great, great fight out of it, and a great show.”

On his fight with Humberto Soto

“I promise you, I have prepared properly to give you entertainment. My new trainer Freddie Roach has elevated my game, by far. I’m very happy to be in this position. I had training camp for three months in Hollywood. It was very beneficial for me to get out of Las Vegas and to focus 100 percent, 110 percent on training camp. There was no distraction whatsoever, nothing but eat, sleep, and box, that’s it.”

On working with Freddie Roach

“He puts pressure on his fighters to use proper leg movement and how to waste just the perfect amount of energy that will help you or benefit you in the fight. I don’t want to give away too much, but he has done a terrific job in training camp. I’m very happy to be guided by Freddie Roach.”

On looking for the KO against Soto

“I feel extremely strong, stronger than ever in my career. For that reason, I can see me winning by knockout. That’s the plan. As soon as there’s an opening, I plan to take him down with a big shot. As soon as he lets his guard down — I just gotta set it up. Like Freddie says, ‘We have to set punches up.’ Not go out there and throw punches just to throw, just to engage. We have the power, that’s for sure, but we need to create the openings. Once we create them, take those big shots and give it to him right in the chin. It’s about precision. That’s what I’ve learned with Freddie, as well, learning to connect the punch right on the chin. Not just throwing punches just to throw combinations, but to be effective with every blow.”

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On the weight for the fight

“This fight will take place at 151 pounds. My next fight will be 154. I’m not looking past Soto, but that’s the plan. … Honestly, 147 pounds was very difficult for me to make. I’m 5’11” — getting close to 5’11”. So 147 pounds was tough. It was a critical decision for me and I’m glad I made it. Now I’ve noticed how much of a difference I’m performing it. I’m performing with much more energy. I’m much more energetic, more powerful, more explosive. It explains how my body was deteriorating and weakening at the end of training camp. Right now, I’ve never finished training camp as strong as I am now. I’m not sucked in, and that’s very important. I’m not the type of fighter to gain a lot of weight, I like to stay focused and dedicated. I think it’s very important for a professional athlete to be very disciplined. That’s the way that I am. I have to keep around my fight weight. That’s how Floyd (Mayweather) did it. Some bodies are just different. Others blow up 20, 25 pounds, 30 pounds. I can only move up maybe eight pounds the day after. That’s just the way that I am.”

On wanting to face Jaime Munguia

“He’s a good champion. He’s a good, young champion that’s hungry. He’s very popular in Mexico — very, very popular in Mexico. This fight will be televised throughout Latin America, it will be on Azteca. The audience that we’re going to gain in this fight is going to be tremendous. I’ve always wanted to generate more popularity in Mexico and Latin America, because I’m Mexican-American. It’s what I am. I’m proud of my heritage. I was born in the United States, which I’m proud of, and I’m thankful for the opportunities that the U.S. gives us. I want to carry on both fan bases to show them that I’m the type of fighter that gives them the best that I can, the best of my ability for them to be entertained. I don’t want my people just in the U.S. to be entertained, I want to entertain my people in Mexico, too, and Latin America. I’m an entertainer, that’s why I go in there and I make sure that none of my fights are boring. I give my fights entertainment. Each one of my fights — some people may criticize them and a lot of people enjoy them, but at the end of the day, they’re entertaining. That’s what I have always wanted to do and give my fans.”

“Jaime Munguia is the WBO world champion, I want to become a three-division world champion. That’s the reason why I decided to challenge him, and it’s still possible to make that fight happen later this year. You still have Jarrett Hurd, another world champion in the division who I’m very interested in fighting, and I thinkk a mix between him and I can make for a great fight. (Jermell) Charlo no longer has the WBC belt, but he has a rematch, and I wish him well. I hope he comes out with the victory against Tony Harrison. If he does, we’re in the same weight division and we’ll see what we can do together.”

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