Josue Vargas takes on Willie Shaw on the Navarrete vs Diaz Undercard LIVE on ESPN+ | FightBook MMA

KISSIMMEE, Fla. — Josue “The Prodigy” Vargas was born in Isabel, Puerto Rico, and idolized the nice Felix “Tito” Trinidad. For the primary time in his skilled profession, he’ll have a constructing stuffed with Puerto Rican followers cheering him on. Vargas will battle Willie Shaw in a 10-round junior welterweight bout Saturday, April 24 at a sold-out Silver Spurs Area within the Puerto Rican enclave of Kissimmee, Florida.

Promoted by Prime Rank, in affiliation with All Star Boxing, Vargas-Shaw will spotlight a loaded undercard showcasing Puerto Rico’s prime younger expertise streaming reside and solely on ESPN+ at 6 p.m. ET/3 p.m. PT. Following the undercard, Mexico’s Emanuel Navarrete defends his WBO featherweight world title towards Puerto Rican contender Christopher Diaz, and tremendous middleweight Edgar Berlanga (16-0, 16 KOs) seeks to attain his seventeenth consecutive first-round knockout towards Demond Nicholson (ESPN, ESPN Deportes & ESPN+, 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT).

It’s time to present the world who ‘The Prodigy’ is,” Vargas mentioned. “Combating in Kissimmee is like preventing in Puerto Rico. After this battle, the Puerto Rican followers will discuss me. I’m going to placed on a present. I’ve seen some movies of Shaw on YouTube. I’m not going to take something away from him, however he doesn’t have abilities like I do. I’ve extra expertise than him. It’s time for me to interrupt him down and present the world I’m a contender.”

Vargas (18-1, 9 KOs) had a breakthrough efficiency final October on the Vasiliy Lomachenko-Teofimo Lopez undercard, dominating contender Kendo Castaneda through unanimous resolution. He made headlines final June when he performed his post-fight interview on ESPN after Salvador Briceno knocked out a pair of his higher entrance enamel. Regardless of the dental mishap, Vargas practically shut out Briceno. Vargas has received 12 consecutive fights since a controversial disqualification loss.

“I’ve proven my intelligence within the ring. I barely received touched towards Castaneda,” Vargas mentioned. “I threw greater than 800 punches in 10 rounds. It confirmed me that I belonged with higher-level fighters. I used to be letting him survive. That was me being good. This time, I’ll apply extra stress and get the stoppage.”

Shaw (13-2, 9 KOs), from Oakland, California, enters the lion’s den as an skilled street warrior, having fought six occasions in Mexico since turning professional in 2017. Final August, Shaw pushed prime prospect Omar Juarez earlier than dropping a six-round resolution. He rebounded in January with a second-round stoppage in Tijuana.

In different undercard motion:

Joseph Adorno (14-0-1, 12 KOs) vs. Jamaine Ortiz (14-0, 8 KOs)
8 Rounds, Light-weight

Adorno returns from an almost 16-month layoff hoping to return to the win column following his January 2020 draw towards Hector Garcia. He has an opportunity to advance from prospect to contender towards the unbeaten Ortiz, who’s coming off final November’s seventh-round knockout over Ugandan veteran Sulaiman Segawa on the Mike Tyson-Roy Jones Jr. undercard.

Orlando Gonzalez (16-0, 10 KOs) vs. Juan Antonio Lopez (15-8, 6 KOs)
8 Rounds, Featherweight

Puerto Rican southpaw stylist Gonzalez makes his 2021 debut towards Lopez, a Texas resident who has upset a couple of undefeated prospects throughout his practically nine-year professional profession. Gonzalez went 162-16 as an novice and inked a promotional cope with Prime Rank in 2019.

Xander Zayas (7-0, 5 KOs) vs Demarcus Layton (8-1-1, 5 KOs)
6 Rounds, Welterweight

Puerto Rican prodigy Zayas, an 18-year-old who signed with Prime Rank at 16, makes his third professional look in Kissimmee. He final fought Feb. 20 in Las Vegas and was pushed the six-round distance by James Martin. Zayas, who received 11 nationwide titles as an novice, not too long ago frolicked in his Florida coaching camp sparring Gervonta Davis and former world champions Adrien Broner and Robert Easter Jr. Layton is unbeaten in three bouts since a 2019 TKO loss.

Jeremy Adorno (4-0, 1 KO) vs. Ramiro Martinez (2-0-2, 1 KO)
4 Rounds, Junior Featherweight

Adorno, a 2017 U.S. Youth Nationwide Championship gold medalist, turned professional below the Prime Rank banner in March 2019. The youthful brother of Joseph Adorno, he’ll battle for the primary time since a January 2020 resolution win on the Joe Smith Jr.-Jesse Hart undercard in Atlantic Metropolis. Martinez, who fights out of Hurst, Texas, fought final November and received a one-sided resolution over the 1-0 Tevin Moore.

Jaycob Gómez (1-0, 1 KO) vs. Mobley Villegas (3-1, 2 KOs)
4 Rounds, Junior Light-weight

Gómez is a 19-year-old upstart from Caguas, Puerto Rico, the identical metropolis that produced Miguel Cotto. He turned professional final October and scored a sensational first-round knockout. Villegas has by no means stopped as knowledgeable.


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