Miura-Vargas, Velez-Rios official for Cotto-Canelo card
- Updated: October 21, 2015
The WBC super featherweight title bout between Takashi Miura and Francisco Vargas has officially been added to the Miguel Cotto vs Canelo Alvarez undercard.
Miura (29-2-2, 22 KO) is coming off an impressive knockout victor over Billy Dib while Vargas (22-0-1, 16 KO) has picked up three consecutive stoppage victories against solid opponents that include Will Tomlinson and Juan Manuel Lopez.
Making his United States debut, Miura will look to make a statement in front of the American audience.
“Francisco Vargas has proved himself to be a tough competitor,” Miura said. “But, I have repeatedly fought to keep my WBC title and on November 21, I will show American fans once again why I am a champion.”
Already holding the WBO and NABF titles, Vargas will be looking to add another belt to his collection.
“To add the WBC title to my NABF and WBO Intercontinental titles would be the ultimate victory and a great ending to 2015,” said Vargas. “I am training hard and ready to bring a fight to the ring at Mandalay Bay. Takashi Miura better be ready because I am coming for him on November 21.”
Also announced for the televised portion of the event is a 10-round featherweight bout between Miguel Cotto Promotions fighter Jayson Velez and Ronny Rios.
Velez (23-0, 16 KO) was involved in an entertaining fight with then-IBF featherweight champion Evgeny Gradovich last November. The fight ended in a draw, though most observers felt that Gradovich deserved the victory.
A win over Rios could get Velez another crack at a world title.
“I have been working to make a name for myself and show fans that I am a true undefeated champion,” Velez said. “This fight against Ronny Rios represents an important next step in my career and I am hungry for the win. To fight on the same card as Miguel Cotto and to represent Puerto Rico in Las Vegas in what is sure to be one of this year’s biggest nights in boxing is surreal.”
Rios (24-1, 10 KO) fought at Fantasy Springs Casino in March, when he earned a victory over Sergio Frias. Before that, Rios suffered the first loss of his career, getting knocked out by Robinson Castellanos last October.
“I was dealt the first loss of my career not long ago, but that has only made me more focused and driven,” Rios said. “I have already sought redemption and am now ready to continue on my path to a world title. Jayson Velez may prove to be a tough opponent, but I will be ready for him. Come November 21, Velez will know what a first career loss will feel like.”