Ring Kings: Jessie Vargas pitches a shut-out against Steve Forbes

6 May

Denzil Stone – Atlantic City

Undefeated 22-year-old Jessie Vargas, of Las Vegas, extended his unbeaten streak to 19 fights as he outpointed experienced American Steve Forbes in a fight that did more for Vargas’ boxing education and progression than it did for increasing his fanbase. At the MGM Grand Garden Arena in his hometown on Saturday, May 5, Vargas fought a cautious fight, remained out of range and boxed off his jab.

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Stone’s scorecard

Round 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Vargas
10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10

Forbes
9 9 9
9 9 9 9 9 9 9

Official verdict: Vargas via UD (100-90, 98-92, 97-93).

Having slaughtered Vivian Harris and Walter Estrada in 2011, Vargas fell from grace when he almost came unstuck against Josesito Lopez in his final fight of the year, however, he bounced back with a dominant points victory over Lanardo Tyler three months ago and, against high-profile opponent Steve Forbes, Vargas demonstrated some of the skills that have attracted the accolades he has.

An accurate jabber, Vargas was reliant on the lead orthodox punch and, because he threw it so well and landed it so cleanly, it was a shot that saw him build-up a handsome lead against his 35-year-old opponent. While Vargas’ jab was so exquisite, there was not much of note coming back from Forbes aside from inaccurate combinations. The flurries worked well for him in the opening stanza but as the rounds progressed they became less and less effective.

Forbes’ defence consisted of a solid guard that provided a cushion against the incoming jabs and double-jabs. When attacking, Forbes may have been upping the pressure on his younger challenger but nothing significant landed as Vargas stayed out of reach.

While Vargas boxed well throughout the course of the ten rounder, the nature of the one-sided victory was not what Las Vegas is renowned for – enthralling heavy-hitting contests – and so the Garden Arena crowd vacated their seats in their masses and, instead, engaged in conversation outside.

In victory, Vargas preserved his unblemished record and moved to 19-0-0, 9ko.

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