Jesse Vargas Beats Sadam Ali

By Robert Ecksel on March 7, 2016
Jesse Vargas Beats Sadam Ali
“It’s going to come down to who wants it the most. We’ve got to make it a dogfight now.”

“I tore him apart piece by piece. I was patient. I looked for openings and when I had the openings I fired the shots…”

Saturday night at the at the DC Armory in Washington, DC, in a fight televised live on HBO Boxing After Dark, Jessie Vargas (26-1, 10 KOs), from Las Vegas by way of LA, KO’d Sadam Ali (22-1, 13 KOs), from Brooklyn, New York, to win the vacant WBO World welterweight title.

It was big loss for Ali. It will be a hard loss to forget.

Vargas brought his gifts and deficiencies to bear in the fight. Tough as nails, menacing, never say die, he’s been accused of being one-dimensional.

Unfortunately there’s no proof.

Ali is the undefeated kid from Brooklyn. He is fast. He is skilled. He fights smart. He has a good chin and stinging punches.

Ali isn’t his own worst enemy. That would be Jessie Vargas.

Ali opened round one looking sharp and firing punches. Landing combinations, hooks and uppercuts, he was as precise as a surgeon.

“Nice and relaxed,” his corner told him. “Believe. Keep your jab moving up and down. Keep circling.”

It was the perfect plan.

But Vargas had plans of his own. He landed his jab. He landed several hooks. Ali countered with a 1-2. It was a good fight. The round could have gone either way.

Ali’s cornerman said, “I want you to be a little more relaxed, nice and relaxed. Touch him with the jab.”

Vargas was just warming up. He was getting ready to take over the fight.

The third was too close to call.

Vargas’ corner told him between rounds, “I need you to be a little more tenacious. Do not let him style you with that rhythm.”

Vargas won rounds four and five.

“It’s going to come down to who wants it the most,” his cornerman said. “We’ve got to make it a dogfight now.”

Ali is a fine fighter. So is Jessie Vargas. Lacking Ali’s pure skills, his dazzling athleticism, Vargas is hungrier. He is meaner. He hits harder.

Vargas is a better fighter.

A hard dropped Ali onto his back in round eight. His right eye, which was swelling for two rounds, no longer saw punches coming.

Ali’s corner asked him between rounds, “Can you continue? Can you continue? Be smart, Sadam. Slow him down. Tie him up.”

Ali’s right eye closed more in the ninth. His legs were unsteady.

Vargas was unstoppable.

“I take nothing away from Vargas,” Ali said. “He caught me with a good shot. When I got up my right ankle was messed up. No excuses. He landed some good shots, some shots I didn’t see. I was a little off. No excuses. He looked good. I have to go back to the drawing board and make sure to correct the mistakes that I made in the ring tonight.”

Ali can d o whatever he wants as far as Vargas is concerned.

“I tore him apart piece by piece,” said the new champ. “I was patient. I looked for openings and when I had the openings I fired the shots. This is what I have been working for all my life since I was 8 years old. Now I’m a two-time world champion. Jessie Vargas is here to stay, I guarantee that.

“I want Bradley, win or lose (in his fight with Pacquiao). We have some unfinished business.”

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