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Undefeated Bellport boxer plans to end year with one more win

‘El Toro’ upgrades to 8-0

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Alex Vargas, a 25-year-old boxer from Bellport, won his eighth bout this weekend, on Saturday, Oct. 17. He defeated Floridian Ayron Palmer by technical knockout in the third round.

“I’ll take it,” said Vargas, who is commonly referred to as “El Toro.” “I caught him with a body shot. Before the fight, my coach and father told me to start working at the body early.”

Vargas’s fighting style is dependent on his opponents, relying on his capability to adapt to his opponent’s playstyle.

Remaining undefeated, Vargas expects to button up the year with a ninth win on Nov. 21 in Florida versus Elliott Brown, from Pennsylvania. Brown sports a 2-17-0 record.

“I have been staying busy and doing things to keep myself active,” Vargas said, adding that he is confident in himself for the November bout. “I get more used to the pro game in every fight.”

Anticipating entering the new year with a 9-0-0 professional record, Vargas told The Advance he and his team plan to reach for bigger stages after the holidays.

“We are planning for a bigger 2021,” Vargas said, “and some TV time would be great, too.”

Vargas began his professional career in bouts against undefeated fighters, and won. Entering his eighth bout against Palmer, Vargas and his father, Michael, concurred that the next few fights would be lighter.

“I have had some tougher fights,” Vargas said before his fight against Palmer, continuing on to explain that his previous win, for example, was against the only undefeated boxer in Florida.

Beginning his career with strong local opponents, Vargas is now branching off to farther distances.

“New York is shut down when it comes down to that,” Vargas said, pointing out that states like Florida remain more lenient with high-risk contact sports. “We really have been traveling.”

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