Jessie Vargas will have his first title defense against Anton Novikov
Jul 12 2014 12:08 PM
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Jessie Vargas (24-0, 9KOs), of Las Vegas, Nevada, will be making his world champion debut a homecoming in August 2. He captured the WBA super lightweight title on April 19 in Las Vegas, winning a unanimous decision over undefeated defending champion Khabib Allakhverdiev.

It was a close and competitive fight that proved Vargas' grit as he bit down hard during the championship rounds to pull away with the victory and the world championship belt.

Vargas has proved himself a very popular ring performer in his hometown with nearly half of his fights taking place in Las Vegas. His impressive resume includes victories over former world champions Stevie Forbes and Vivian Harris and top contenders Josesito Lopez, Lucky Boy Omotoso, Ray Narh and Lanardo Tyner.

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