Mexican boxer Francisco Vargas, known as Bandido (Outlaw) knocked down United States’ Rod Salka Thursday at a super-featherweight match in Fantasy Springs Casino, in Indio, California.
Salka came out to the ring wearing shorts that read “AMERICA 1ST” on top of a brick wall print in reference to the controversial border wall U.S. President Donald Trump has vowed to build at his country's border with Mexico.
Vargas, former featherweight champion of the World Boxing Council, claimed victory over Sakas during the sixth round after a technical knockout.
His victory over Salka gets him closer to reclaiming the title currently held by the Mexican Miguel “Alacran” (Scorpion) Berchelt.
Thursday's match was his first one of the year, and the second since losing the title and taking an 11-month break.
After the match, Vargas told reporters “I want a rematch with Berchelt. I gave him the opportunity and I hope he gives it to me.”