Jose Valenzuela vs. Francisco Vargas – Youth vs. Experience

Lightweights Jose Valenzuela and Francisco Vargas spoke to the media ahead of their fight for undercard Errol Spence Jr. vs. Yordenis Ugas.

Lightweights Jose Valenzuela and Francisco Vargas were some of the boxers on the undercard Errol Spence Jr. vs. Yordenis Ugas who addressed the media on March 30 ahead of the April 16 Showtime pay-per-view event.

Spence vs. Ugas takes place at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX for the IBF, WBA and WBC welterweight titles. It’s an important platform for all fighters on the map and offers attention to those trying to make their mark in boxing.

The undercard Spence vs Ugas boasts a strong lineup, but Valenzuela vs Vargas could be the most intriguing clash of the group.

Valenzuela (11-0, 7 KOs) is only 22 years old but he’s attracting a lot of attention. Valenzuela fights from Seattle, WA and is coached by Jose Benavidez Sr.

Valenzuela is hoping a strong performance against former WBC Super Featherweight Champion Vargas will help his name accelerate up the rankings.

“This win will show everyone that I’m here and can keep up with the top guys,” Valenzuela said during the media briefing. “Francisco Vargas is a strong former champion and I look forward to the challenge.”

Valenzuela is looking forward to the fight, but it’s also surreal to fight a boxer he grew up with.

Jose Valenzuela fights Francisco Vargas, who he looked up to as a youngster in Errol Spence’s undercard against Yordenis Ugas

“I just remember seeing him coming,” Valenzuela told FanSided. “My dad was a fan of his, so he did great. Great fights. Each time I could only remember big wars.”

Vargas (27-3-2, 19 KOs) is more successful than Valenzuela, but he’s also much older. The 37-year-old from Mexico City, Mexico, is 15 years older than Valenzuela.

Valenzuela dropped his last two fights. In his previous appearance in June 2021, he lost a unanimous decision to Isaac Cruz.

During the call, Valenzuela said Vargas is past his prime, but Vargas is keen to prove he still has some fighting to do.

“Obviously it motivates me when I hear Valenzuela saying that I’ve had my best time and I’m on my way out,” said Vargas. “But at the same time I know how I feel. I feel absolutely ready. I feel physically and mentally fit to face the challenge. I’ll prove that to you all on fight night.”

In such scenarios, the young prospect usually gains the upper hand over the old veteran. Vargas addressed his future if he loses to Valenzuela.

“I’m going to listen to my body,” Vargas said. “That’s the bottom line. When I feel that my body isn’t saying more, then it’s time to step aside. But right now I feel like my body is fine. i feel capable I feel ready and will be ready to go on April 16th.”

If Valenzuela wins impressively, its stock will go up. It could also spell the end of Vargas’ 12-year pro career. Jose Valenzuela vs. Francisco Vargas – Youth vs. Experience

John Verrall

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