Francisco ‘El Bandido’ Vargas Visits Crossroads Boxing Gym!!!

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Interview and Photos by Raymundo Dioses

On June 9, 2016, just five days after his thrilling WBC lightweight title defense against Orlando Salido, Mexico City, Mexico’s Francisco Vargas visited the Crossroads Boxing Gym in Ontario, California to sign autographs and take pictures with future contenders and champions.

Coming off his second consecutive Fight of the Year, Vargas, (23-0-2, 17KO) looked healthy and trim, a stark contrast to how both Vargas and his opponent, Orlando Salido looked following their war last Saturday that saw the proud Mexican fighters throw more than 2,000 punches combined over 12 exciting rounds.

Vargas, who retained his title with a majority draw against Salido, fielded questions from this writer as young fighters asked for boxing gloves to be signed and to take pictures with him and his green WBC title.

Hola Bandido, how are you feeling physically after such a grueling fight?

“I feel good, very good.  I feel back to normal.  My eyes are a little swollen, but that’s okay.  They are better, and I am better.  Time heals all wounds.”

Have you had the chance to watch the fight?

(With a huge smile) “Oh yes, it was a great fight.  There were a lot of exchanges.  It was an emotional fight.”

What was your favorite moment of the fight?

“Well every round was good.  The sixth or seventh round was the best, when I was able to wobble Salido and send him to the ropes.”

What are your thoughts on media/fans calling the match 2016’s Fight of The Year?

“It feels great.  It motivates me to work even harder.”

How does it feel being in back-to-back Fights of The Year?

“It feels really good.  It shows that my hard work is being realized.”

Do you have a message to your fans?

“To my fans, thank you for your support!”


Crossroads Boxing Gym grateful for Vargas visit

Gym owner Bernie Valenzuela was ecstatic to be able to present Vargas to his fighters and sees the fist-thrower as a good example of where they can be if they work hard at the sweet science.

“Allowing the youth to see a champion, and to gaze at the green belt, I believe it strikes a light, a beam of hope!  The thought that it can be done, an idea that it can also be them one day!  It gives the youth a dream and a goal to fight for.”

Crossroads Boxing Gym is located at 1335 E 4th St, Ontario, CA 91764.

A member of the 2008 Mexican Olympic team, Vargas visited the Crossroads Boxing Gym the same day Mexico beat Jamaica in the Copa America 2-0.

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Vargas with 6-1 lightweight contender John Delperdang 

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Vargas with former Heavyweight champion Mike Weaver and Bernie Valenzuela

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