Former title holders Jessie Vargas and Humberto Soto will clash at a catchweight of 151 pounds at The Forum in Los Angeles on Friday April 26th, live on DAZN in the US and on Sky Sports in the UK. Soto (69-9-2, 37 KOs) spent the prime of his career at 130 and 135 pounds but breathed new life into his career with a great win over faded ex-WBA lightweight champ Brandon Rios in his hometown of Tijuana, Mexico in February. The 38 year-old is chasing the 70th pro win of his remarkable career, and could force his way into a clash with fellow countryman Jamie Munguia, the WBO 154-pound champion. Vargas (28-2-2, 10 KOs) is moving up from a welterweight showdown vs. Thomas Dulorme in October, a fight that ended in a draw.
“I’m excited for my return to the ring on April 26th,” said Vargas. “Humberto Soto is the opponent and I’m preparing accordingly with my coaches to give my fans an entertaining fight as always.
“Soto is an experienced, world-class fighter who challenged me immediately after his win over Brandon Rios. The challenge has been accepted and on April 26th, I plan to come out victorious.”
Knowing he is the underdog, Soto said, “The odds were against me in my last fight against Brandon Rios and I know that this fight will not be any different. This gives me extra motivation to prove everyone wrong again and to add a third loss to Vargas’ record. I am extremely happy for this new chapter in my career and I am not going to waste this great opportunity! Like I said before, this is a do or die fight!”
Promoter Eddie Hearn added, “Vargas vs. Soto completes a huge card in LA on April 26th. Soto was outstanding in defeating Brandon Rios a few weeks back in Mexico and goes into this fight full of confidence attempting to upset the odds again. Jessie will take this fight at 151lbs as he makes the transition to 154 pounds and can’t afford an upset as he targets Jamie Munguia later this year. With Rungvisai vs Estrada, Roman vs. Doheny and now Vargas vs. Soto, this is a show fight fans do no not want to miss.”
Vargas’ clash with Soto is part of a huge night of action in Los Angeles that is topped by Srisaket Sor Rungvisai (47-4-1 41KOs) and Juan Francisco Estrada (38-3 26KOs) in a rematch for Rungvisai’s WBC 115-pound title and WBA bantamweight champion Daniel Roman vs. IBF king TJ Doheny in a unification battle.