Vargas KO’s Tomlinson
Photo Credit: Bradley Tollefson - Hoganphotos/Golden Boy Promotions
Francisco “El Bandido” Vargas (22-0-1, 16 KOs) and “Wild” Will Tomlinson (23-2-1, 13 KOs) faced off in a bloody match as both fighters suffered lacerations to the face and took hard punches to the body. The fight continued on with excitement in every round, each fighter refusing to give up to the other. In an eighth round technical knockout Vargas retained the NABF and WBO International Junior Lightweight Champion.
“I feel very happy, it was a great result,” said Francisco Vargas. “I am ready to take the next step and fight in a world title match. I think this performance proves that I am a great fighter and that I am ready. Will Tomlinson is a tough, fast fighter. He threw some hard punches and took a lot. He is a warrior.”
“I feel disappointed; I didn’t get my timing or rhythm right,” said Will Tomlinson. “I had a great training camp I was trying to establish my jab and come up from behind, but it didn’t come together. Vargas is a good, hungry fighter and did everything right tonight.”
Vargas vs. Tomlinson was a 10-round NABF and WBO International Junior Lightweight bout is promoted by Golden Boy Promotions and Lejia*Battah Promotions. The HBO Latino Boxing two-fight telecast was sponsored by Corona Extra, Mexico – Live It To Believe It!