Jessie Vargas is in good company.
Lucas Matthysse knocked out Vivian Harris in four rounds in February of last year. Victor Ortiz did the same in three in September. Vargas’ turn came on Friday night in Primm, Nev., where he stopped the former junior welterweight titleholder after the first round of a scheduled 10-round welterweight bout.
Harris (29-6-1, 19 knockouts) was supposed to be a test for the young prospect from Las Vegas but it didn’t work out that way. Vargas attacked from the opening bell, landing dozens of hard body shots and some telling blows to the head while Harris did very little.
Vargas (15-0, 8 KOs) landed a solid right at the bell to end the first and only round, which seemed to stun Harris.
The Brooklynite seemed to be OK as he walked to his corner and sat down on his stool, though. However, a few seconds into the break, he told referee Joe Cortez that he didn’t want to continue.
For Vargas, who is trained by Roger Mayweather, the victory is an important step in his promising career. He looked very strong against a big-name fighter, albeit one who offered little resistance.
For Harris, the setback probably is the end of the line. The native of Guyana has now been stopped in his last three fights. And he looked as if he has absolutely nothing left in this one.