Francisco "Bandido" Vargas stayed undefeated with an exciting and one-sided win over Australia's Will Tomlinson tonight in San Antonio, and light heavyweight prospect Vyacheslav Shabranskyy dominated to keep his perfect record intact in the co-feature.
Vargas (22-0-1, 16 KO) was faced with a very aggressive opponent, as Tomlinson (23-2-1, 13 KO) came out throwing power shots from the opening bell in round one, looking to overwhelm Vargas with activity. Vargas, though, was able to catch Tomlinson open for hard, clean shots frequently, and by the third round seemed to have his timing down.
By the sixth round, Tomlinson was clearly fading, his face showing the signs of the abuse that Vargas was heaping on him both on the inside, where Tomlinson wanted the fight early, and by picking him off at range on the way in. With both eyes swelling and a bad cut near his left eye, Tomlinson's body language began to rapidly change, and the zip on his punches was leaving, making it easier for Vargas to take a shot or two in order to land something significant.
With referee Laurence Cole taking a closer and closer look, and Tomlinson's corner in no hurry to stop an increasingly one-sided fight, Tomlinson came out for round eight in pretty bad shape. About 25 seconds into the round, he was dropped by a right hand from Vargas, and Cole pretty quickly stopped the fight, with Tomlinson showing no signs of wanting to get up. He was a beaten man, had given his best, and was ready to concede to Vargas if something major happened. Something major did.
It was a very strong performance for the 30-year-old Vargas, who looks ready to step into serious contention at 130 pounds. He is currently the No. 1 ranked contender for the WBO title, which is held by Orlando Salido.
Vyacheslav Shabranskyy improved to 13-0 (11 KO) with a dominant performance against overmatched but tough Fabiano Pena (11-1-1, 8 KO), stopping the Brazilian after five rounds of action. Pena did about as much as he could, but he was simply outclassed against Shabranskyy, a top prospect at 175 pounds.