2005-05-28 Rafael Marquez w pts 12 Ricardo Vargas, Staples Centre, Los Angeles, California, USA - IBF
2005-05-28 Rafael Marquez w pts 12 Ricardo Vargas, Staples Centre, Los Angeles, California, USA - IBF. Referee: Pat Russell. Scorecards: 118-109, 116-111, 116-111. Looking to win quickly, Marquez (116½) was ultimately given a bit of a test against a challenger who was not prepared to give ground and was happy to dart in behind the southpaw lead and fire off right-lefts to head and body whenever he saw the opportunity. Although he was taking a fair few punches, Vargas (118) was always coming back with his own brand before taking a breather in the ninth after being cut over the right eye. With Marquez upping the pace in the tenth and 11th rounds Vargas was forced to back off to some degree and when he was eventually put down in the final session after running into a fusillade of blows most fans thought that was it. But back he came, trading with Marquez right through to the bell to earn the appreciation of the crowd.