Originally written on The Queensbury Rules  |  Last updated 10/20/14
LAS VEGAS—Though he owns a contested decision over Josesito Lopez, Jessie Vargas was the one fighting on a smaller ESPN2 show Thursday night at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino while Lopez gets ready to fight box-office star Saul Alvarez at the MGM Grand in a major card on Showtime this coming Saturday. Though his payday is a fraction of what Lopez will make, the Las Vegas product Vargas (20-0, 9 KOs) took care of business in his Top Rank debut as he outhustled an up to the task Aron Martinez (18-2-1, 4 KOs) of East Los Angeles en route to a unanimous decision. There were lulls in action, but as well there was some terrific infighting throughout. The bout also featured more than its fair share of fouls and referee Jay Nady didn't do his best job in keeping things in control, warning both fighters a number of times without ever taking a point. When the action picked up, the crowd got into the fight, spurning on Vargas to throw a high volume in close. Martinez did his part...
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