- Name: Eben “El Rayo” Vargas, Jr.
- Weight: 147
- Height: 6′
- Age: 20
- Home: Phoenix, AZ.
- Professional Record: 8-0 (4 KOs)
- Amateur Record: 46-7 (1st round 2016 Olympic Boxing Trials)
- Stance: Orthodox & Southpaw
- Style: Like a young Thomas Hearns: fast left hand and hook, power right hand.
- Personal: I own 14 dogs most are French Mastiffs and a few Pocket Pits. I’m into classic cars and like 1964 model Cadillacs, Lincoln Continentals, Mustangs, & ’69 & ’71 Camaros. I like country music and listen to Brad Paisley, Blake Shelton, and the Zac Brown Band. If I have time I might play video games…Madden or Black Ops.
His temper is quick. His scowl is permanent. Frustration torments and triggers Eben El Rayo Vargas, Jr. who waits to unleash anger on opponents in the boxing ring.
Vargas, 8-0, (4 KOs), is a 6-foot, 20-year-old super welterweight with speed and power reminiscent of a young Thomas Hearns.
The snap? Yes. The sting? Yes and that strong right hand? Vargas is a natural southpaw who’s ambidextrous and can switch left on command.
Yes, he’s got the punishing straight left hand and powerful left hook. And Vargas has a ring prowess that belies his years. His ability to control the canvas as the aggressor in every fight is hypnotizing. His movements are smooth and you wonder where this natural found his quick footwork and ability to move past the punches of opponents at such a young age.
Vargas had to leave home in Phoenix, to find sparring partners elsewhere at the Wild Card Gym in Hollywood, California. No one in Arizona would even consider stepping inside the ropes with Vargas. Sparring partners in Arizona are fight ready and keep their distance.
Vargas may not have the amateur experience of Hearns – 155-8, 11 KOs—but Vargas was a 46-7 amateur who started boxing at age 14 at 5 foot 2, 119 pounds.
Ten inches, 28 pounds and seven years ago Vargas began boxing at the Gene Lewis Gym in Mesa, Arizona, where his father, Eben Vargas, Sr., first took him. His uncle Tony Vargas began coaching him.
Vargas had school bullies to handle and there was no learning curve or time to prepare. Vargas would handle his business his way.
Once in the gym, Vargas enjoyed the discipline, the time commitment, the heavy bags, speed bags, roadwork…all of it, and found an outlet for his anger management issues. He had no hassles after learning his hands could stop confrontations.
Vargas is impatient. He wants to fight now. Today. Vargas was in the amateurs when at age 15 and 119 pounds after a split decision he “was mad but I just stuck with it. I wanted to be better.”
Vargas improved and by spring 2016, Vargas was at the U.S. Olympic Trials in Tennessee as a 140-pounder. He won his first round, lost the second and his only thought after that bout was, “This is what I want to do for the rest of my life. Become a world champion, that’s my goal.”
Vargas turned professional in July 2016 and has had an impressive start with his eyes set firmly on any future opponent in his path. Keep up with Eben “El Rayo” Vargas, Jr. you won’t want to miss a fight.