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Mikey Garcia-Jessie Vargas official for February 29th in Frisco, TX

The fight will be Garcia’s DAZN debut

Mikey Garcia v Robert Easter Jr Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/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.

As expected, Mikey Garcia will return to the welterweight division for his February 29th DAZN debut, taking on Jessie Vargas in Frisco, Texas.

Garcia (39-1, 30 KO) has won titles at 126, 130, 135, and 140 pounds, claiming unified WBC/IBF status at lightweight with his decision over Robert Easter Jr. Rather than pursue further unification or a clash with Vasiliy Lomachenko, however, Garcia elected to jump up to 147 to take on Errol Spence Jr. This proved a mistake, as “The Truth” soundly outclassed Garcia en route to a shutout decision.

“I’m very happy to announce my next fight against Jessie on February 29 in Texas, live on DAZN,” said Garcia. “I believe our styles are going to make for a great battle and the fans are going to be in for a real treat. Tune in and don’t miss it”

He’ll take another stab at welterweight against Vargas (29-2-2, 11 KO), a former 140- and 147-pound champion who’d been eyeing a move to super welterweight after draws with Adrien Broner and Thomas Dulorme. After a catchweight knockout of Humberto Soto, Vargas pursued then-WBO champ Jaime Munguia, only for negotiations to fall apart and a subsequent proposed bout with Liam Smith to meet the same fate.

“It’s a big fight for fight fans, it’s one people have wanted for a long time now,” said Vargas. “We are giving them what they want to see, it’s going to be a great showdown.

“He’s a warrior and so am I, we both always go for the win and do anything possible to get it. I really believe in myself and my abilities, it’s one of the fights that will generate a lot of attention and it’s the perfect time to shine and show that I am here to stay – I need to show that I am going to be a World champion again and this is the perfect fight to show that.”

I would like to talk to the people who’ve wanted this “for a long time now.”

While I still strenuously disagree with Garcia gallivanting about at 147 when there are so many tantalizing matchups at 140, Vargas is definitely a more manageable opponent than Spence. The respective skill and size disparities should make for an entertaining, competitive fight, even if it doesn’t really serve to advance either man’s career.

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