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Who won Vargas vs Smith?
Francisco Vargas beat Stephen Smith by technical decision in their 9 round contest on Saturday 9th December 2017 at Mandalay Bay Hotel & Casino Events Center in Las Vegas.
The scorecards were announced as in favor of winner Francisco Vargas.
The fight was scheduled to take place over 12 rounds in the Super Featherweight division, which meant the weight limit was 130 pounds (9.3 stone or 59 KG).
Vargas vs Smith stats
Back in December 2017, Francisco Vargas stepped into the ring with a record of 23 wins, 1 loss and 2 draws.
Stephen Smith made his way to the ring with a record of 25 wins, 3 loses and 0 draws.
Francisco Vargas was the older man by 1 year, at 33 years old.
Vargas had a height advantage of 1 inch over Smith. That also extended to a 4-inch reach advantage.
Both Francisco Vargas & Stephen Smith fought out of an orthodox stance.
Vargas was arguably the less experienced fighter, having had 2 less fights, and made his debut in 2010, 1 year and 8 months later than Smith, whose first professional fight was in 2008. He had fought 5 more professional rounds, 169 to Smith's 164.
Francisco Vargas went into the fight ranked number 2 by the WBC at super featherweight.
Stephen Smith was ranked number 9 by the WBC in the 130lb division.
Vargas vs Smith form
Francisco Vargas had stopped 3 of his last 5 opponents.
In his last fight before this contest, he had lost to Miguel Berchelt on 28th January 2017 by technical knockout in the 11th round in their WBC World Super Featherweight championship fight at Fantasy Springs Casino, Indio, United States.
Previous to that, he had drawn with Orlando Salido on 4th June 2016 by majority draw in their 12 round contest in their WBC World Super Featherweight championship fight at StubHub Center, Carson.
Going into that contest, he had beat Takashi Miura on 21st November 2015 by technical knockout in the 9th round in their WBC World Super Featherweight championship fight at Mandalay Bay Hotel & Casino, Events Center, Las Vegas.
Before that, he had won against Will Tomlinson on 12th March 2015 by technical knockout in the 8th round at Freeman Coliseum, San Antonio.
He had beat Genaro Camargo on 13th December 2014 by knockout in the 8th round at Salón Las Palmas, Pesqueria, Mexico.
Smith had beaten 3 of his last 5 opponents, stopping 2 of them, going the distance once.
In his last fight leading up to this contest, he had lost to Jason Sosa on 12th November 2016 by unanimous decision in their WBA World Super Featherweight championship fight at Salle des Étoiles, Monte Carlo, Monaco.
Previous to that, he had defeated Daniel Eduardo Brizuela on 29th May 2016 by technical knockout in the 7th round at Goodison Park Stadium, Liverpool, United Kingdom.
Going into that contest, he had been beaten by Jose Pedraza on 16th April 2016 by unanimous decision in their IBF World Junior Lightweight championship fight at Foxwoods Resort, Mashantucket, United States.
Before that, he had won against Devis Boschiero on 19th September 2015 by technical knockout in the 6th round at Olympia, Liverpool, United Kingdom.
He had defeated Barrington Brown on 4th April 2015 by points in the 6th round at Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle.
In terms of activity leading into the fight, Stephen Smith had been fighting more than Francisco Vargas.
Going to this contest, Francisco Vargas had last fought 10 months and 11 days ago, while Stephen Smith's last outing had been 1 year and 27 days ago.
Vargas' last 5 fights had come over a period of 2 years, 11 months and 26 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 7 months and 6 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 48 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 9.6 rounds on average.
Smith's last 5 fights had come over a period of 2 years, 8 months and 5 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 6 months and 15 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 43 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 8.6 rounds on average.
What time did Vargas vs Smith start?
The fighters were expected to ringwalk at around 9:00 PM EST / 6:00 PM PST at Mandalay Bay Hotel & Casino Events Center, Las Vegas, United States, which was around 2:00 AM GMT in the UK.
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What were the odds on Vargas vs Smith?
Francisco Vargas was a 3/10 (-330) favourite going into the contest, while Stephen Smith made his way into the ring at 5/2 (+250) with oddsmakers.