PHOENIX — Novice boxer Emiliano Vargas has high hopes for his career in the lightweight division.
The 19-year-old competes for the sixth time in his pro career Saturday when he fights Jorge Alvarado in a four-rounder.
And though Vargas is yet to experience the fifth round of a pro bout, he’s already envisioning a marquee showdown against the thunderous puncher Gervonta Davis or the fast fists of Ryan Garcia.
“I’m envisioning packed out arenas and fights with Gervonta Davis and Ryan Garcia — the top names.
“I want to fight them,” he told us.
“I think that’s the pinnacle of the sport when you’re able to pack out stadiums and captivate the imagination of fans regarding who’s going to win, who’s going to do this. They’re having conversations at the bar, at the barber shop.
“That’s what I want to be a part of — the boxing conversation throughout the world.”
Vargas is the son of iconic boxer Fernando Vargas, who lit up the fight game in the late 90s and early 2000s with fights against Winky Wright, Ike Quartey, Felix Trinidad, Oscar de la Hoya, and Shane Mosley.
Emiliano Vargas’ bout is on the undercard of the world junior lightweight title clash between Emanuel Navarrette and Oscar Valdez, which takes place at the Desert Diamond Arena in Glendale.
The event will be broadcast on ESPN+.