Earlier today Made Men Promotions announced that NABA Heavyweight Champion Jason Bergman, winner of the 2013 Kissing the Canvas Knockout of The Year, will defend his title on March 28 in Weirton, West Virginia. The fight will take place at the Serbian American Cultural Center.
Bergman will face one of the stiffest test of his career when he faces former Olympian Devin Vargas (18-2). Vargas represented the United States in the 2004 Olympics where he won a fight before losing his second fight. He had a very decorated amateur career winning the National Golden Gloves in 2000 and 2001. He became the US Champ in 2003. He also took first in the 1st AIBA American 2004 Olympic Qualifying Tournament.
The pro ranks haven't been as kind to Vargas and he has lost by knockout both times he stepped up. His first loss was to a then undefeated, and future world title challenger, Kevin Johnson and to the then undefeated, and also future world title challenger, Andrzej Wawrzyk.
The Wawrzyk fight was two years ago and the last time that Vargas stepped into the ring. The ring rust and shaky chin would indicate that Bergman (22-10-2 15 KO) should walk right through Vargas but you don't rack up the amateur accolades without having some skill and a slick boxer can give Bergman some issues.
No matter how you slice it the only two losses for Vargas were against good fighters and his back is against the wall if he wishes to continue his boxing career. Bergman will no doubt be the favorite and should be because of his big punching power.
The last time Bergman was seen in the ring he knocked out Rubin Williams in a round and the fight before that he was seen knocking out the undefeated John L. Smith in a round. Bergman would like to keep this fight to a single round and his power and the ring rust of Vargas may make that happen.
Tickets will be available on February 23.