BY: Richard Quiñones (Journeymen Boxing) Francisco Vargas claimed the and NABF super featherweight title after dominating Will Tomlinson and earning an eight-round TKO win during their slated 10-round main event Thursday night at the Freeman Coliseum, San Antonio, Texas.
Vargas (22-1-0, 16ko’s) was relentless from the opening bell, mixing in some solid counter punches every time Tomlinson tried to exchange with him. In the second and third round, Vargas started to land some very sharp punches and in the process made Tomlinson think about trying to get inside and fight from the pocket.
The round was highlighted by a vicious right hand to start off the stanza, setting the tone for the rest of the round and by round four, Tomlinson (23-2-1, 13ko’s) was visibly stunned and hurt.
In round four, Vargas was in total control as he landed accurate sharp shots and only a bloody left eye seemed to slow him down a bit. However, the next several rounds, he was able to keep a steady pace up and continued to beat on Tomlinson, who looked dazed and confused in the ring.
He showed some heart but finally in the eighth round Vargas was able to get Tomlinson in trouble , sending him onto the canvas, before referee Laurence Cole waved off the bout and halted the action at 1:32 of the stanza. Cole waived his arms, showing no need for a 10-count, as Tomlinson lost for the second time in his last four contests.
Vargas, who was feeling feisty, even called out the winner of Orlando Salido vs. Roman Martinez bout (for Salido’s WBO junior lightweight title), which takes place April 11th in Puerto Rico.