Vargas to sit out first half of 2018
Mississauga’s Samuel Vargas has been one of the most active welterweight fighters in Canada over the last three years and now he’s ready to take a break.
After 11 fights in just three years, Vargas is expected to sit out the first half of 2018 before returning in the summer months for a big fight, likely at the Powerade Centre in Brampton.
According to promoter Lee Baxter of Lee Baxter promotions, the plan for Vargas is to “hang out” during the first half of 2018, saying that the 29-3-1 fighter of Columbian descent is “just a little burnt out.”
“He's going to take some time to just relax,” Baxter said, saying that he knew something was wrong with Vargas during his last bout, a split decision over Finland’s Jussi Koivula. “We've been best friends for seven years, I knew something was off. He wasn't really in it like he used to be. I was very happy for him to say that he needed some time away for a little bit. That doesn't mean retirement, he's going to be in the gym.”
After starting his career 20-1-1, Vargas was afforded the biggest opportunity of his career in April of 2015 against then rising star Errol Spence Jr., where Vargas went four rounds with Spence Jr. before being stopped.
He fought veteran welterweight and former world champion Danny Garcia in December of 2017, getting dropped in the first round before finally being finished in the seventh round.
Vargas has been active throughout 2014, winning four times. Three of those victories came at the Powerade Centre in Brampton, Baxter’s new home for big fighters.
“He’s been in camp for five years, his body is a little burnt out as an athlete and physically he’s not getting stronger,” Baxter said. “He just needs some time to be a 28-year-old father.”
Ranked 38 in the world via BoxRec (FightOn has him ranked #1 amongst Canadian welterweights), Vargas could look for a step up in 2018.
“From a personal opinion, I expect to see him back maybe in the summer,” Baxter said. “I think we've established enough in the country now that we can make some meaningful fights.”