Errol Spence Jr. Prefers Fall Fight Against Jesse Vargas

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Welterweight world titleholder Errol Spence Jr. is eyeing a fall showdown with Jesse Vargas  (28-2-1, 10 KOs), preferring that fight over a fight with Yordenis Ugas.

With titleholder Keith Thurman (28-0, 22 KOs) currently on the shelf, due to injury, and not expected to be back until late August/early September, a preferred title unification bout is not an option at this time.

Other potential opponents such as Danny Garcia (34-1, 20 KOs) and Shawn Porter (28-2-1, 17 KOs) are already set to fight for a vacant title on August 25th with the winner likely available to fight Spence in early 2019.

Yordenis Ugas (22-3, 11 KOs), 31, is eyeing a bout against Spence, and called him out accordingly, but Spence isn’t interested in that fight. Instead, he would like to fight Vargas.

“Ugas is a good fighter,” Spence said during his post-fight news conference. “But like I said, I want big names. I mean, if I was looking at somebody, Jessie Vargas would be in front of Ugas. So like I said, I’m looking for big names. I’m looking for ex-world champions and guys that I can build my legacy on.

“No disrespect to Ugas. He’s a great fighter and he’s ranked in the IBF, so I’m gonna have to fight him (eventually). But, you know, I’m looking to build my legacy and me beating Ugas is not gonna get me anywhere.”

Vargas responded to Spence in a text message to ESPN by saying: “I’m willing to fight anyone. You know me.”

Vargas also said that because he is on vacation in Italy he didn’t watch Spence’s recent knockout victory.

“I didn’t watch it because I am in Italy, but I heard he earned a first-round KO,” Vargas said. “I think he’s a good fighter and now another force in the division. We are going to have some great fights these next few years. I understand why he wants to fight. He wants to be in the biggest fights of the year. It’s a fight we can make happen after I fight Broner.”