Jessie Vargas and Deandre Latimore return to the ring on Showtime’s ShoBox series in a double header from the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada Friday night.
The 22-year-old native of Las Vegas, Vargas, is coming off a split decision win over Josesito Lopez on the undercard of promoter, Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s September 17th bout with Victor Ortiz. Vargas’ only other high-profile win came against faded former world titlist, Vivian Harris, in April of last year.
Tyner, 36, is 1-3-2 in his last six bouts and, in his last contest, dropped a relatively one-sided unanimous decision to Kevin Bizier for the NABA welterweight title in December. Tyner’s highest profile victory was a TKO 9 win over Antwone Smith in 2010 and his other bragging right is the fact that he has yet to be stopped despite having suffered defeat at the hands of fighters such as Saul Alvarez, Lamont Peterson, Mike Arnaoutis, and Wale Omotoso.
In the co-feature, 18th ranked junior middleweight, Deandre Latimore (22-3, 17 KOs) will return to the ring for the first time since April of last year against heavy-handed Milton Nuñez (23-3-1, 21 KOs) of Colombia.
Latimore’s marquee win is his 2008 TKO 7 victory over Sechew Powell, but the career of the 26-year-old has stalled in recent years with a split decision loss in 2009 to Cory Spinks for the vacant IBF junior middleweight title as well as a majority decision loss in a 2010 rematch with Sechew Powell.
Nuñez, 24, is regarded as a heavy puncher, but has lost every time he stepped up in class. Nuñez is 2-2 in his last four, suffering first round knockouts against both Gennady Golovkin and Hugo Kasperski in 2010 and 2011, respectively. He also suffered a first round TKO 1 loss to Nilson Tapia in 2008.