August 28, 2000
News Item: Fernando Vargas, shuts Ross Thompson’s mouth, then
spits in his
I knew there was trouble brewing when
Biting’ Mike Tyson, his hand on
Fernando Vargas’ shoulder, led WBC junior middleweight champ
Vargas into the ring, Saturday night at the Mandalay Bay Events
Center in Las Vegas. If Tyson’s your opponent’s confidant and
advisor before a fight, hide your children, hold your ears, cover
your face and get a gun. I guarantee you, it will not be a
Vargas’ opponent was an unknown named Ross
Thompson, who after he was stopped by Vargas in the fourth round,
will now forever be more of an unknown. Thompson, somehow ranked
number one by the (We Be Crooked) WBC, showed his best right hand
at the pre-fight weigh-in the day before, when he nailed Vargas
with a sneak punch right hand to Vargas’ lips. As his mouth
trickled blood, Vargas screamed like a maniac at Thompson and
vowed to “carry Thompson” and make him suffer.
At the pre-fight instructions in mid ring
before the fight, Vargas refused to touch gloves with Thompson,
until referee Joe Cortez told Vargas the fight would not start
until he performed such courtesy.
That was the last decent thing Vargas did to
Thompson all night.
After a fairly even first two round, with
the best shots landed by Vargas being rabbit punches to the back
of Thompson’s head, Vargas got down to business. Ref Cortez had
just taken a point away from Vargas for hitting Thompson behind
the head for about the sixth time, when Vargas unleashed a right
cross that nailed Thompson on the left temple. Thompson crumbled
to the canvas for the first time in his career. He got up at the
count of two.
Vargas bull-rushed Thompson against the
ropes near Thompson’s corner and fired a six-punch combination
that dropped Thompson just as the bell rang ending the round.
Thompson pulled himself to his feet, then staggered to his corner
and tried to sit down on the ring stool. But Cortez would not
allow this respite until he had finished counting the mandatory
eight count. Twice, Thompson almost sat on air, as in a scene
right out of the Three Stooges, his
corner kept putting and pulling the stool in and out of the ring.
Vargas rushed out of his corner in the
fourth round intent on ending things quick. Another ferocious
combination dropped Thompson against the ropes. Before the ref
could jump in and direct Vargas to a neutral corner, Vargas
hovered over Thompson, and adding insult to injury, he heaved a
lungee right into Thompson’s battered and confused face.
Thompson got up and yelled back at Vargas. He should’ve punched
As soon as Cortez finished his third
mandatory eight count of the night, Vargas pushed Thompson to the
ropes again and fired eight unanswered punches, most of which
which were caught on Thompson’s gloves, which were held
high protecting his spat-upon face. Thompson was not fighting
back, so Cortez jumped in and waved the fight over.
“I had him hurt, so it was a matter
of waiting for a good shot," Vargas said after the fight.
"I had to show him what type of fighter I was. He said I was
a chump. He was definitely trying to psyche himself up. Now we're
moving on to bigger and better things."
These bigger and better things are a junior
middleweight unification fight against WBA champ Felix Trinidad,
possibly in December. Whomever the referee is in that fight,
especially if Mike Tyson rears his ugly head again, the pre-fight
instructions must be, “Listen to my commands at all times. No
hitting and holding. No hitting on the break and no low blows. No
rabbit or kidney punches. No biting off ears. No eating people’s
children. And oh yes, please no spitting. Thatsa no nice.”
Calling boxing a cesspool is giving
cesspools the world over a bad name. Boxing never had aristocratic
blood to begin with. But in the year 2000, you’ll find a better
class of individual in a state, or federal prison.