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|2003 Santo Domingo||Heavyweight|
Vargas had a stellar amateur career prior to turning professional. Vargas was also a National Golden Gloves Heavyweight Champion in 2000 and 2001. In 2003 he stopped Mike Marrone but was stopped inside the distance by eventual winner Charles Ellis. He became US champion in 2003. In international fights he lost twice to Kertson Manswell in 2003 but beat him in 2004 to qualify for the Olympics.
Vargas qualified for the Olympic Games by ending up in first place at the 1st AIBA American 2004 Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Tijuana, Mexico. He competed at the 2004 Olympics in Athens as a heavyweight representing the United States. His results were:
- 1st round - Defeated Rachid El Haddak (Morocco) RSC-3 (1:20)
- 2nd round - Lost to Viktar Zuyev (Belarus) 27-36
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Vargas turned professional in 2004. He sustained his first defeat by a ranked opponent, Kevin Johnson (boxer), in a May 15, 2009 bout. It became clear early in the fight that Vargas was in over his head, being dropped in the 3rd—giving Johnson a massive lead—and again in the 5th round. Bloody and bruised during the latter, Vargas looked like a beaten man, and it was evident that the end was near. The end came with a flurry of combinations unleashed by Johnson early in the 6th round, thus scoring Johnson a TKO; had the fight beem left to continue, it would have resulted in knock out. Mercy came when Vargas's corner saw the writing on the wall and, with a toss of a white towel, ended this mismatch, sparing Vargas further injury.
|United States Amateur Heavyweight Champion