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Francisco Vargas vs. Rod Salka set for April 12th on ESPN

Salka has not lost since falling to Danny Garcia in 2014

Francisco Vargas v Orlando Salido Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images
Patrick Stumberg is a freelance writer for SB Nation, first joining the network in 2011 before linking up with Bad Left Hook in 2015.

He’s back, ladies and gentlemen. That’s right, it’s Rodimus Prime, the Rod from God, the Salka Who Don’t Balk-a From No Man: the inimitable Rod Salka, who gets another shot at the big time next month when he takes on former super lightweight champ Francisco Vargas in Palm Springs.

Salka (24-4, 4 KO), half of one of the most hilariously grievous mismatches of all time against Danny Garcia, has won five straight since that defeat, upping his career knockout total by 33% in the process. He has approximately zero chance against Vargas (24-1-2, 17 KO), who rebounded from his brutal loss to Miguel Berchelt with a technical decision over Stephen Smith last December.

But hey, at least Salka’s only ranked 93rd by BoxRec this time. Part of that elite double-digit squad.

No word yet as to which-if-any fights will join this on the broadcast, but if it’s anything more interesting than this glorified snuff film, we’ll let you know.

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