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Garcia vs Vargas undercard: Joseph Parker and Chocolatito return

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On Friday night in a battle of welterweight powerbrokers, Mikey Garcia faces Jessie Vargas.

Garcia vs Vargas, which will take place at Ford Center at The Star in Frisco,TX, will be broadcast by DAZN.

The main event intrigues and the undercard isn't exactly chopped liver either as former WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker and former top pound-for-pound champion Roman "Chocolatito" Gonzalez will also grace the ring.

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Friday, February 29
DAZN; 9PM ET
Frisco, TX
Garcia vs Vargas Undercard (Main)

Kal Yafai (C) vs. Roman "Chocolatito" Gonzalez, 12
WBA junior bantamweight title

Julio Cesar Martinez (C)vs. Jay Harris, 12
WBC flyweight title

Joseph Parker vs. Shawndell Winters
heavyweights

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Garcia vs Vargas Undercard: Yafati vs Chocolatito
Chocolatito won his first 46 fights and was considered by some as the world's top boxer boxer pound-for-pound heading into his March 2017 bout with hard-hitting Thai southpaw challenger Wisaksil Wangek (then 42-4-1). But, in a shocking upset, the latter would floor Gonzalez in the opening stanza and eventually win an exciting, hard-fought majority decision, cementing the biggest upset won by any fighter in Thailand professional boxing history to date.

Fact: González was reportedly undefeated as an amateur, amassing an 88-0 record in official amateur bouts. The highlight of his amateur career was winning the light flyweight gold medal at the 2004 Central American Championships.

In an effort to reclaim his World Boxing Council World Super Flyweight Title, Chocolatito would rematch Wangek six months later. And this time, Wisaksil Wangek would shockingly stop Chocolatito in four rounds.

Fact: Chocolatito is the first boxer from Nicaragua to win world titles in four weight classes, having surpassed his mentor, idol, and former three-weight world champion, the late Alexis Argüello.

Since then, Roman has fought only twice; once in 2019 and once last year. And Chocolatito won both bouts via stoppage.

Fact: González is also the first boxer in history to win world titles in all four of the lowest weight classes: minimumweight, light flyweight, flyweight, and super flyweight.

In Khalid Yafai (26-0, 15 KO), Roman will have his first stern test since his 2017 rematch with Wangek. Yafai captured the WBA version of the Super Flyweight Title in December 2016 and hasn't looked back.

Can the 32 year old Chocolatito, an exciting pressure fighter, get his grove back and once again become the dominant champion we're accustomed to seeing?

Garcia vs Vargas Undercard: Parker vs Winters
Also on the card, former WBO king Joseph Parker (26-2, 20 KO), who defeated now former unified heavyweight champion Andy Ruiz in 2017, continues on his path towards another title shot.

Parker has been a forgotten man of sorts in the hot heavyweight division since losing back-to-back decision contests to Anthony Joshua and Dillian Whyte. However, should the WBO strip Joshua for facing his IBF mandatory next instead of their's, Oleksandr Usyk, Parker or Dereck Chisora will likely face Usyk for the vacant WBO belt.

So, who is Shawndell Winters (13-2, 12 KO)? For starters, the 39 year old fighter from Illinois has 12 KOs in 13 wins and TKO'd fast-rising Oleksandr Teslenko (then 16-0, 12 KO) last September.

Rankings: New Zealand's Parker is ranked No 15 in the division by BoxRec; Winters is No. 47 by the same site.

A small, fast heavyweight, Winters was undoubtedly selected by Team Parker as preparatory opponent for Oleksandr Usyk should Joseph face the Ukrainian next. But rest-assured, the little-known Winters will be ready to fight as an upset win over Parker would set up much higher earning opportunities in the future.

 

 
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