Steve Forbes came into his bout against Jessie Vargas on the undercard of the HBO pay-per-view for Floyd Mayweather vs. Miguel Cotto as a late replacement. Faded from his peak, when he was a title challenger level opponent, Forbes had a big uphill battle in front of him.
That battle was made clear late in the first round when Vargas turned up his aggression, while Forbes, the very heavy underdog, spent the flurries on the defensive. Vargas controlled the action with an accurate jab while continuing to avoid return shots from Forbes, either moving out of the way or picking off the punches with his gloves.
The pattern continued throughout the ten rounds of the bout. Forbes gave it a decent effort, especially given the circumstances surrounding his late replacement status for the fight. Vargas was just too effective with the jab and a level ahead of the aging, faded Forbes.
The outcome wasn't much in doubt by the time the official scores were read:
100-90, 97-93 and 98-92 were the scores as Jessie Vargas remained undefeated with a unanimous decision.