Photos: Jessie Vargas Stops Humberto Soto in Slugfest

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It was a thrilling night of action at The Forum in Inglewood, California, and around the world on DAZN. Pound-for-pound star Srisaket Sor Rungvisai and Juan Francisco Estrada met at the site of their first fight, which was a leading contender for “Fight of the Year” in 2018, and continued their tremendous ring rivalry with an action-filled fight. Estrada (39-3, 26KOs) exacted revenge in the rematch and claimed the WBC and Ring Magazine Super Flyweight World titles from Rungvisai (47-5-1, 41KOs) via unanimous decision in the main event of the evening. (photos by Ed Mulholland).

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In the co-main event of the evening, Daniel Roman (27-2-1, 10KOs) and TJ Doheny (21-1, 15KOs) put on a show with a thrilling back-and-forth bout at 122 pounds. Roman bested Doheny en route to a close majority decision to unify the WBA and IBF Super Bantamweight World titles, scoring two knockdowns, one in the second round and another in the seventh round.

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Opening the main card of DAZN’s stacked fight night, former two-division World Champion Jessie Vargas (29-2-2, 10KOs) made an impressive debut in the super welterweight division with an impressive sixth round TKO victory against veteran Humberto Soto (69-10-2, 37KOs).

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JESSIE VARGAS – On his performance: “Honestly, I was looking for the big shots, looking for body shots. But he is a crafty veteran and he proved that tonight. I just tried to dictate the pace but he was fighting in spurts and he would put together combos.”

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On the accidental head butt and ensuing cut in the first round:“It was really frustrating. It’s the first round, it’s very frustrating. I get headbutt and get a cut. So then I am thinking constantly about his head movement and where he is at because I didn’t want another cut. And listen, I’m not saying it’s his fault or anything like that. I am scarred for life again but it’s because of this beautiful sport.”

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On what is next for him: “I am ready for whatever is next. I am ready for anyone. I want a world championship. I will let Eddie find the right opponent. But man, I haven’t had a KO in almost three years and I got it. It feels great and it is a credit to Freddie Roach and the great three month camp we had out here in Los Angeles.”

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