Takashi Miura defends his WBC Super Featherweight belt against Francisco Vargas on one of the pay-per-view bouts on this Saturday night's HBO broadcast.
Miura first captured the belt in April of 2013, and he has held the belt through four successful defenses, so it is unusual that he is a (+130) betting underdog to Vargas, who is paying at (-150).
Vargas is an undefeated (22-0-1) and he goes by the nickname “El Bandido”.
The story goes that the nickname was given to him by Freddie Roach, who used to bring Vargas in for sparring sessions at his Wildcard Gym.
Miura too comes from the land of The Rising Sun with a well-earned nickname of his own, and that is “The Mexican Killer”.
Miura took the WBC belt off of Mexico's Gamamiel Diaz, and he has made three additional title defenses against Mexican fighters, including an August of 2013 defense in Cancun, Mexico against Sergio Thompson.
Miura who is (29-2-2) comes battle tested by solid competition in Japan where he has faced tough fighters for years.
One of his losses came at the hands of WBA Super Featherweight titleholder Takashi Uchiyama.
Miura is not just coming to this match to debut in Las Vegas, he is coming to win and go back to Japan with his green and gold belt.
Vargas may be the favorite at the sport books, and he is undefeated at (22-0-1), but his resume is not as stout as Miura's and arguably Miura is the best fighter he has faced to date.
Vargas did defeat Puerto Rico's faded star Juanma Lopez in July of last year, but that version of Lopez does not stack up to the opposition Miura has had.
The bout is set for 12 rounds, and the sport books have set an over/under at 9 1/2, with the over paying (-170) and the under at (+130).
Miura has 22 stoppages in his 29 wins, and Vargas has 16 in his 22 wins, so both men are capable of a KO. Miura at the very least should have respect as a live underdog heading into fight day.
The Takashi Miura vs Fernando Vargas fight will be on the HBO pay-per-view featuring Miguel Cotto vs Saul Alvarez this Saturday, November 21st.