Francisco Vargas Versus Rod Salka This Thursday April 12th
Apr 11 2018 3:20 AM

Francisco Vargas Versus Rod Salka This Thursday April 12th –  GOLDEN BOY PROMOTIONS PRESS RELEASE

Two-time Fight of the Year winner and former WBC Super Featherweight World Champion Francisco “El Bandido” Vargas (24-1-2, 17 KOs) will continue his effort to regain a world title as he faces “Lightning” Rod Salka (24-4, 4 KOs) in a 10-round super featherweight fight in the main event of the April 12 edition of Golden Boy Boxing at ESPN at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, Calif. ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes will air the fights beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET/7:00 p.m. PT, and stream live on ESPN3 starting at 8:30 p.m. ET/5:30 p.m. PT.

“I want to become world champion again,” said Francisco Vargas. “As always, I am working with discipline. I’ll deliver a great performance and Rod Salka will not stop me from doing that.”

“I’m excited to be at 130 pounds,” said Rod Salka. “Francisco Vargas stands in the way of me fighting [Miguel] Berchelt, so he has to be eliminated. I can’t wait for April 12.”

Known for his relentless attack in the ring, “El Bandido” has never shied away from stealing the show with his crowd-rallying style. The 33-year-old native of Mexico City has two Fight of the Year performances on his resume, earned in wars against former world champions Takashi Miura and Orlando “Siri” Salido. Vargas is eager to regain the title he lost in yet another war against Miguel “El Alacran” Berchelt, but only if victorious on April 12.

Salka will enter the ring with high hopes to leave a lasting impression in the 130-pound division, the weight class in which he belongs. Salka has had tough losses against much bigger opponents, though he has slowly moved down and has left his last five fights with his hand raised in victory. The 35-year-old native of Bunola, Pennsylvania is excited to fight in a new, more comfortable division and is hungry to prove that he can earn a world title there.


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Francisco Vargas Versus Rod Salka