A 12-round co-main event between Jessie Vargas and Liam Smith will be shown live on DAZN under the main event of Katie Taylor vs Amanda Serrano which is expected to begin around 7:00 p.m EST
Jessie Vargas, 32, comes off of a 26-month layoff after losing to Mikey Garcia by unanimous decision in February 2020. He currently has a record of 29-3-2, 11 KOs. Liam Smith has been active in the ring more recently after being victorious with a TKO8 win against the tough Anthony Fowler in October 2021.
Jessie Vargas vs Liam Smith
In February, Vargas & Smith were scheduled to lock horns, but Jessie became ill with COVID-19, postponing the fight until now.
Smith, naturally the bigger guy going into the fight has been seemingly confident in the build-up to the fight stating in an interview with DAZN –
“Ultimately, I’m going to be too big and too strong for him. I’m a fully-fledged 154lber, I’ve been there my whole career and he’s gone from Light-Welter to Welter and now Super-Welter. If you can make 147lbs you are not a proper 154lber just yet and I think that’s going to play a part”Liam Smith – DAZN YouTube
Meanwhile, Vargas believes his pedigree, experience and Mexican style will prove too much for Smith, especially with Smith having previously lost a number of fights at the world level including a loss to Canelo Alvarez.
Vargas has come up short in his pro career to Manny Pacquaio, Mikey Garcia and Timothy Bradley.
This fight really could go either way, with both men seemingly having reached their prime and now on the descent, there have been mentions on both sides of whether the winner would retire if they are defeated in the fight while the winner could progress for a final shot at a world title