Prelim Fights were unspectacular as usual, except this line by James Brown (sitting in for Jim Lampley who is on Olympic snooze duty) . After the Boxing Banker Calvin Brock knocked Zuri Lawrence out in the sixth round Brown, explaining the punch count graphic up on the screen said, here's the punch count which really doesn't matter, "the only punch that matters is the left that put Lawrence to sleep". Great line made even better when they showed Lawrence regaining his senses on the canvas asking the doctor when the fight was starting. Classic.
To the main event:Round One
Mosley jabbing to keep Vargas at a distance. Vargas looks sluggish. Typical round one non-event, round to Mosley by number of punches landedRound Two
Mosley going to the body and getting a little more bold, when the crowd begins chanting Vargas; Vargas; Vargas, Mosley backs out. Mosley clearly is getting off quicker. Vargas left eye showing signs of swelling and Shane is going after that eye. Mosleys round
Between Rounds: Mosleys corner warns of Vargas walking him down.Round Three
Vargas nice straight left, countered by Mosley with a right hook to the body at the halfway point of the round. Fernando trying to press his weight advantage laying on Mosley to wear him down. Vargas registers his best round thus far but a flurry in the last 20 seconds of the round by Mosley wins him the round
Between Rounds: Vargas' corner implores him to walk down Mosley and cut off the ring. Great work by HBO showing both corners and the strategy being deployed.Round Four
Mosley landing at will early, but at this weight the punches aren't hurting Vargas. At 1 minute mark Vargas connects with a wicked left hook that stuns Mosley. Mosley has no counter and just circles away from the trouble. Vargas best round and it goes to him.
Between Rounds: Fernandos corner insist that he go to the straight right hand. Manny Steward explains this is the punch that did in Mosley against Vernon Forest.Round Five
Mosley back to the jab but seems to have forgotten to dot the eye (Vargas left eye) that is starting to become noticeable even at the wide angle aerial view. At the one minute mark Mosley connects with three straight shots on the swollen eye. Vargas beginning to wear down Mosley. Its Vargas roundRound Six
Mosley really getting muscled now and Vargas is executing his game plan to perfection. Like Leonard in the Hagler fight, Mosley is counting on quantity and sheer number of punches not power punches because those clearly do not hurt Vargas. I have Mosley winning the round.
Halfway through the fight I have it 4-2 Mosley, Harold Lederman of HBO has it 3-3. Larry Merchant scoffs at Ledermans scoring but Steward believes it should be 4-2 Vargas.Round Seven
Mosley really countering well and that seems to be his new strategy. Every power shot landed by Vargas is answered by a flourish by Mosley. This pattern is really becoming obvious now. Who gets more points, 1 or 2 power shots or 9 or 10 crisply landed punches. My count has crisp combos counting as much. Mosleys round. Steward and Merchant disagree vehemently during the round as to who is winning. Steward complaining that numbers don't matter but power shots do. I remind myself that Steward was Tommy Hearns trainer and that is how his fighters from the Kronk Gym always fought. Merchant is old school and realizes the wear down effect of several good combos.Round Eight
At 2:41 of the round Mosley lands a solid left hook that cuts the inside of Vargas mouth and the blood trickles out ever so slightly. Mosley really working on Vargas eye now. Mosley has dotted that eye at least 13 times so far in this round. The eye is hampering Vargas. He doesn't seem to be able to see Mosley's right hand coming time and again. Mosleys round
Between Rounds: Vargas corner warns Fernando of the possibility of a stoppage because of his swollen eye. Ref comes over to Vargas corner and warns Vargas corner about the eye, specifically stating that if it looks to him that Vargas cannot see the right of Mosley he will stop the fight. Brown and Steward for the first time mention the possibility of a stoppage because of the swollen eye.Round Nine
More punishment on Vargas right eye by Mosley and the ref is stepping in real close to see if Vargas can protect himself. Vargas gets in close to protect the eye and it works for one third of the round. Mosley steps out and connects three times to the body. Vargas drops his right hand to protect his body and Mosley connects squarely on the eye. Vargas refuses to change his strategy and its costing him dearly. At this point there is no urgency in Vargas corner and I can see Mosley closing the show and the fight is his.
Between Rounds: Harold Lederman has it 5-4 Mosley, I have it 6-3 MosleyRound Ten
Mosley looks fresh, Vargas reputation for being out of shape... Fight stopped by referee decision.
Mosley wins TKO at 1:22 of the tenth round.