Junior lightweight titilist Francisco Vargas is riding high after winning a world title in what was named ESPN's 2015 Fight of the Year just a couple of short months ago. Now his promotional company, Golden Boy, is looking towards what's next for him. In particular, Eric Gomez, the VP of Golden Boy, says he'd like to make a fight between Francisco Vargas (23-0-1, 17 KOs) and Yuriorkis Gamboa (25-1, 17 KOs) .
"We've mentioned it to 50 Cent [Gamboa promoter Curtis Jackson] and it's a fight we'd like to make," Gomez said.
Gamboa has recently been fighting at lightweight, most recently beating Hylon Williams Jr. last month, but insists he's still able to make 130lbs for the right fight. Given the styles of the two men, this fight could be action-packed.
However, If Vargas-Gamboa doesn't materialize, Golden Boy can always fall back on a sequel of the 2015 Fight of the Year, throwing Vargas and Takashi Miura back at one another. This rematch would be an easy no-brainer, given the back and forth action and drama provided in their first meeting. But my general sense is that they're looking at it sort of like the trilogy between Brandon Rios and Mike Alvarado, knowing that another installment will always be there to make, so there's not necessarily a rush to make that Vargas' next fight.
"It was a great fight and we'd also be interested in doing a rematch if HBO is interested," Gomez said. "Vargas can be ready to go as early as March. He wants big fights and he wants to be on HBO."
Gomez also mentioned that they'd be interested in a title unification fight with Roman "Rocky" Martinez as well. So there are plenty of good options on the table for Vargas right now, with none of them being particularly easy fights.
Who would you like to see Francisco Vargas take on next out of these three options?