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BW: At what age and why did Fernando Vargas began his boxing career? Vargas: I started at age ten, I was always getting into trouble for fighting and getting suspended, so one day when I was suspended I was watching T.V and I saw amateur boxing on a local channel, I found out that there was a boxing gym here in Oxnard, I went there and fell in love. Here would not get into trouble for fighting! I thought that was great! BW: You had a great amateur carreer, but you failed to catch the Olympic Gold Medal. What did it mean to you? Vargas: Well I was really hurt, I mean I thought that there wasn't going to be any trouble with the scoring, but that wasnt the case! I lost to a score of 7 to 8 and NBC did an analisis of the fight and had me scoring 10 to 15 punches without the judges given me a point! And let's say the score was 7 to 7 they would have gone to the undercards, and in the undercards I was the winner on all cards. So I don't understand how I lost! BW: You have a record with no losses and the knockout ratio is 100%. Do you think that this could put some pressure on you in always trying for the knockout solution? Vargas: I don't ever look for the knock out, but they have all come, I get ready for a 12 round fight everytime I train for a fight. So when the time comes and I have to go 12 rounds I'll be ready! BW: The other world jr. middleweight champions are David Reid (WBA) and Javier Castillejo (WBC): are you willing to unify the jr. middleweight world titles against this guys? Vargas: I am! But these guys are not willing to do so! We're trying to make it right now. But they don't want none! I hope these guy's don't stay like this for long! BW: You are a young champion, you're just 20: do you think you are going to move to bigger weight division to gain some more world titles? Vargas: 21! I feel strong at this weight, my goal is to unify and then move up! I don't think I'll be bigger than middleweight. BW: Would you be available to move down in weight to face Oscar De La Hoya? Vargas: No way! I can't move down! If he ever wants to fight (which I doubt) I'll be waiting for him right here at junior middle! BW: Which boxing style would you adopt to beat him? Oscar showed that his chin is not made of steele: would you go for an early knockout against him? Vargas: No, I would love to give him a "ferocious" beating! A K.O would be too painless, it's personal to me! BW: In your opinion, who are the best boxers of this moment, yourself not included? Vargas: Roy Jones, I think he is the best pound for pound no question. BW: In your corner, besides some other valid people, you have a very experienced man in Lou Duva: how important, even for talent loaded fighters like you, to have this kind of person in your corner? Vargas: Lou is more a motivator than a trainer, he gets me up for fights. BW: When you enter the ring you look like you are very cool and self confident: is this a thing to impress your opponent or can you really control the fear and tension before a fight? Vargas: I have no fear! When I step into the ring and you see me that way, that's me! I'm very confident when I step in the ring because I know I come 110% ready phisically, mentally, and spiritually! BW: Do your friends, your family, your girlfriend (if you have one) follow you at ringside for your fights? Vargas: My family and close friends all always there to cheer for me! I love that! BW: Which topics would you use to convince the family of a young wannabe fighter to allow him to attend a boxing gym? Vargas: Well, I wouldn't. I don't think it's up to the parents, I mean I never asked my parents to go. I just went! BW: Many champion of the present and of the past had a very difficult childhood: personally, do you think this represent a necessary element to give a fighter the right amount of rage? Vargas: For me I think the fact that I loved to fight was a plus, I had no fear as a kid to fight and i guess I still bring that into the ring now! BW: What does Fernando Vargas do when not training for a fight? How do you spend your days? Vargas: With my family and friends, mainly with my baby boy Fernando jr. a.k.a. "papas"! That's the love of my life! BW: What does Fernando Vargas believe in? Vargas: Very much in God and La Virgen de Guadalupe! They have done a lot of great things for Fernando Vargas. I'm very grateful for what I got, I know people of my age only dream of how I'm living so I thank Him and Her for everything. BW: What does Fernando Vargas fear? Vargas: I don't have any fear for me! Or of anything happening to me, I just don't want anything happening to my family. BW: Do you know any Italian fighter's of the present or of the past? Vargas: Rocky Marciano. BW: What is your opinion of the Italian fighters you have seen fight? Vargas: All I know is that he was very tough! And I loved the fact that when he "retired" he "retired". BW: Who is, in your opinion, the best boxer of all time? Vargas: I would have to say two, Ali and Chavez (in his prime). BW: What is in your immediate future? Vargas: Looking to fight in Jne or July so stay tuned because the "ferocious one" is not done bringing you great fights!