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2/16/06 11:14 AM
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Vargas slims down for Mosley, who sees fat payday in Vegas fight

By RYAN NAKASHIMA
ASSOCIATED PRESS

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Fernando Vargas is on such a strict diet, he has to interrupt interviews to eat his energy bar.

"As a matter of fact, I have to have my snack right now," the Oxnard, Calif., boxer told reporters Wednesday as he discussed his Feb. 25 junior middleweight bout with "Sugar" Shane Mosley.

"This is a 230-calorie snack you know," said Vargas (27-2, 23 KOs), lifting his shirt to show off six-pack abs. "See? I've worked hard."

The hefty 28-year-old had to drop 39 pounds to reach the 154-pound limit, and he's still 3 pounds over.

The two-time world champion said he's been training in Ojai, Calif., and focusing on the fight with Mosley at the Mandalay Bay hotel-casino that could be a step toward another title match for the winner.

"I have one person on my mind and that's Shane Mosley," he said.

Mosley (41-4, 35 KOs), a three-time world champion and a natural welterweight these days, is trying to find success at 154 pounds. It's his first junior middleweight fight since losing twice to Winky Wright in 2004.

Mosley, 34, from Pomona, Calif., began his professional career at 135 pounds in 1994.

"I'm going to be where I'm going to be at," Mosley said.

Mosley who won twice at 148 pounds last year, said he weighed 150 during training in Big Bear, Calif. "I think my hitting power is stronger when I'm lighter and faster."

The two fighters have been fantasy-billed for years by fans.

Both have fought former champ Oscar De La Hoya (37-4) - Mosley won twice and Vargas lost decisively - but the pair have never fought each other.

They are part of an odd circle of top fighters, promoters said. Mosley beat De La Hoya in 2003 and 2000, De La Hoya beat Vargas in 2002, Vargas beat Wright in 1999 and Wright beat Mosley twice in 2004.

"They all fought each other except for Vargas and Mosley," said Golden Boy Promotions publicist Debbie Caplan-Paz, who represents Mosley.

Mosley is the slight 3-2 favorite by Las Vegas bookmakers.

Promoters are banking on the Vargas draw in the Hispanic community to sell some of the 10,000 seats at Mandalay Bay, and hope more than 300,000 people will pay $45 to tune in from home.

Vargas is due to pocket $4.7 million plus a share of the HBO Pay-Per-View proceeds.

Mosley is guaranteed a $3 million purse plus a healthy chunk of the TV gate. Both fighters have been big-name draws on lucrative pay-per-view matches.

Mosley said he's proved his ability to win titles and suggested the payoff prompted him to accept the fight over other opponents.

"If they give me the option for a fight for $5 (million) or $6 million that people want to see, versus a title ... maybe early in my career I'd say let's go get the title and then go get the guy," he said. "Now I'm going to take the fight and the title will come second."

 

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Vargas: I am not looking past Shane!

February 16, 2006

By Victor Perea
Photos: Rick Guzman

 

Fernando Vargas made it very clear that he is ready for his February 25th bout versus "Sugar" Shane Mosley and only that bout. Vargas was visibly upset when he entered what was supposed to be a media workout, but due to scheduling conflicts with his training, the workout part was dropped.

Vargas looked in tremendously good physical condition compared to what he looked like just over a month ago at a press conference for the fight.

Upon arrival "Feroz" took to the ring like a stage and gave those present from the media what felt like a well deserved lecture; "I am NOT thinking about ANYBODY but Mosley...I am not looking past Shane," said Vargas. You guys (media) ask me if I want a rematch with Oscar, of course I do, I want redemption, but that does not mean I'm looking past Shane...not for one second."

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Mosley looked as relaxed as anybody getting ready for a fight could look when he arrived. Mosley looked and felt ready to fight with over a week-and-a-half to go before the fight, "I'm ready. I'm showing up," said Mosley. "bla bla bla We could fight tomorrow and I'm ready."

"I know there's a lot of Vargas fans out there, and there's a lot of my fans out there...I know I they're gonna come because they want to see what will happen."

Tickets for Showdown: Vargas vs Mosley are priced at $800, $600, $400, $200 and $100 And they are available at the Mandalay Bay Theatre box office and at all Las Vegas Ticketmaster locations as well as on the web at www.mandalaybay.com or www.ticketmaster.com. The Vargas vs. Mosley pay-per-view telecast begins at 9 p.m. EST/6 p.m. PST on February 25, has a suggested retail price of $44.95, will be distributed by HBO Pay-Per-View The telecast will be available in HD-TV for those viewers who can receive HD.

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Shane Mosley vs Fernando Vargas: WBA Light Middleweight Title Eliminator

Sat 2/25 Shane Mosley vs Fernando Vargas
08:00 PM 301 Shane Mosley -176
  302 Fernando Vargas +166
Sat 2/25 Total Rounds (Mosley vs Vargas)
08:00 PM 303 Over 11.5 rounds -175
  304 Under 11.5 rounds +165
2/16/06 1:48 PM
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They both look in great condition.

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