The WBA world bantamweight title remained in the hands of Jamie McDonnell tonight who’s stamina, superior skills, size and relentlessness proved to be the difference.
Doncaster’s first ever world champion improved his record to 28-2-1 (13KO) with a 9th round TKO victory over Fernando Vargas.
McDonnell opened up the fight behind a solid jab, utilizing his superior reach advantage over 27 year old Mexican Fernando Vargas.
Despite the reach and height disadvantages, late replacement Vargas gave a decent account of himself in the opening rounds.
McDonnell’s engine started to go through the gears as the fight progressed however, a man renowned for his work ethic and stamina.
The 5th round saw some heavy right hands and body shots landed for the champion, who began to blast through the man from Tijuana it seemed.
Despite this good work from McDonnell, his Mexican counterpart showed his toughness as he continued to press forward against the champion.
The mid rounds were more of the same from McDonnell, as he consistently chipped away on Vargas at a measured pace, with some solid body punches landed in parts.
Vargas looked like he was fighting in survival mode as the mid to championship rounds developed, not really wanting to win and was moving around the ring in patches.
McDonnell began to force Vargas onto the back round for much of round 8.
The Yorkshire man’s right hand really began to find a home in round 9, while switching to the body nicely in between his head shots.
McDonnell began to bully Vargas as the round went on, grinding away on the Mexican which eventually forced him to one knee – prompting his corner to step in and stop the fight at the exact same time as the referee was waving it off.
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