Tape rankings @ Super Welterweight
Who won Vargas vs L.Smith?
Liam Smith beat Jessie Vargas by technical knockout in the 10th round on Saturday 30th April 2022 at Madison Square Garden in New York.
The fight was scheduled to take place over 12 rounds in the Super Welterweight division, which meant the weight limit was 154 pounds (11 stone or 69.8 KG).
This fight appeared on the undercard of Katie Taylor beating Amanda Serrano. Also, on the undercard Franchon Crews Dezurn defeated Elin Cederroos, Austin ‘Ammo’ Williams was victorious over Chordale Booker and Galal Yafai beat Miguel Cartagena.
Vargas vs L.Smith stats
Jessie Vargas stepped into the ring with a record of 29 wins, 3 loses and 2 draws, 11 of those wins coming by the way of knock out.
Liam Smith made his way to the ring with a record of 30 wins, 3 loses and 1 draw, with 17 of those wins by knock out.
The stats suggested Smith had advantage in power over Vargas, with a 57% knock out percentage over Vargas' 38%.
Jessie Vargas was the same age as Liam Smith, at 33 years old.
Vargas had a height advantage of 1 inch over Smith.
Both Jessie Vargas & Liam Smith fought out of an orthodox stance.
Vargas was arguably the more experienced fighter, having had the same amount of fights, and made his debut in 2008, 1 month earlier than Smith, whose first professional fight was in 2008. He had fought 39 more professional rounds, 263 to Smith's 224.
Liam Smith was ranked number 5 by the WBA, 4 by the WBC and 4 by the WBO in the 154lb division.
Vargas vs L.Smith form
Vargas had beaten 2 of his last 5 opponents, stopping 1 of them, going the distance once.
In his last fight before this contest, he had lost to Mikey Garcia on 29th February 2020 by unanimous decision in their 12 round contest at The Ford Center at The Star, Texas, United States.
Previous to that, he had defeated Humberto Soto on 26th April 2019 by knockout in the 6th round at Forum, Inglewood.
Going into that contest, he had drawn with Thomas Dulorme on 6th October 2018 by majority draw at Wintrust Arena, Illinois.
Before that, he had drawn with Adrien Broner on 21st April 2018 by majority draw at Barclays Center, New York.
He had beat Aaron Herrera on 15th December 2017 by unanimous decision in their 10 round contest at Pioneer Event Center, California, Afghanistan.
Smith had beaten 4 of his last 5 opponents, stopping 3 of them, going the distance once.
In his last fight leading up to this contest, he had won against Anthony Fowler on 9th October 2021 by technical knockout in the 8th round at Echo Arena, Merseyside, United Kingdom.
Previous to that, he had been beaten by Magomed Kurbanov on 7th May 2021 by unanimous decision in their 12 round contest at KRK “Uralets”, Ekaterinburg, Russia.
Going into that contest, he had won against Roberto Garcia on 20th December 2019 by unanimous decision in their 10 round contest at Talking Stick Resort Arena, Arizona, United States.
Before that, he had beat Mario Alberto Lozano on 24th August 2019 by technical knockout in the 7th round at Centro de Usos Multiples, Sonora, Mexico.
Hehad defeated Sam Eggington on 30th March 2019 by technical knockout in the 5th round at Echo Arena, Liverpool, United Kingdom.
In terms of activity leading into the fight, Liam Smith had been fighting more than Jessie Vargas.
Going to this contest, Jessie Vargas had last fought 2 years, 2 months and 23 days ago, while Liam Smith's last outing had been 7 months and 13 days ago.
Vargas' last 5 fights had come over a period of 4 years, 5 months and 7 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 10 months and 19 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 52 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 10.4 rounds on average.
Smith's last 5 fights had come over a period of 3 years, 1 month and 22 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 7 months and 17 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 42 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 8.4 rounds on average.
What time did Vargas vs L.Smith start?
The fighters were expected to ringwalk at around 9:00 PM EST / 6:00 PM PST at Madison Square Garden, New York, United States, which was around 2:00 AM BST in the UK.
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What were the odds on Vargas vs L.Smith?
Jessie Vargas was a 9/4 (+225) underdog going into the contest, while Liam Smith made his way into the ring at 33/100 (-303) with oddsmakers.