Carlos Cuadras vs. Srisaket Sor Rungvisai & Jessie Vargas vs. Liam Smith on February 5 in Las Vegas on DAZN Boxing News 24

Through Matt Lieberman: Jessie Vargas vs. Liam Smith will fight in the main event, and former super flyweight champions Carlos Cuadras and Srisaket Sor Rungvisai will meet in the co-feature on February 5 on DAZN.

It’s one of the best cards on DAZN for a long, long time, and it should be interesting, especially the chief support fight between former 115-pound WBC champion Cuadras (39-4-1, 27 KOs) and former WBC super flyweight champion Rungvisai (50-5-1, 43 KOs) should be an entertaining fight.

Cuadras beat Rungvisai seven years ago by an eight-round technical decision in May 2014. It was a bout in which Cuadras suffered a bad cut following a heads-up clash with Rungvisai in the eighth round, which resulted in the card game.

The judges ended up giving the victory to the then 26-year-old Cuadras by the scores: 77-74, 78-73 and 77-75.

By the time the fight was stopped, Rungvisai seemed to be arriving and it looked like he could have ended the championship rounds strong if the match hadn’t been stopped suddenly.

It’s pretty clear that his Cuadras attacking style caused Rungvisai a lot of trouble in the first six rounds, as he wasn’t so adept at handling those explosive bursts of punches from the mighty Mexican fighter. But the seventh, Rungvisai seemed to understand Cuadras.

Over the past five years, Cuadras’ once promising career has mostly collapsed with his loss to these fighters:

  • Gonzalez Roman “Chocolatito”
  • McWilliams Arroyo
  • Juan Francisco Estrada x 2

Cuadras has not fought in the past 14 months since his 11th round knockout loss to Juan Estrada in October 2020 in Mexico City. Cuadras knocked down Estrada in the third and looked set to win by knockout earlier in the fight.

However, Estrada came back strong in the Championship rounds to topple Cuadras twice in the 11th round to secure the knockout.

Former WBC super flyweight champion Rungvisai has won his last three fights since losing his title to Juan Estrada by a 12-round unanimous decision in April 2019.

In their first fight in February 2018, Rungvisai defeated Estrada by a majority decision in 12 rounds.

Rungvisai twice beat Roman Gonzalez in 2017 in fights which showed he had his number. That said, Roman was arguably robbed in the first fight in which the judges didn’t give him credit for his solid finish in the second half of the contest.

While headlining between former WBO junior middleweight champion Liam Smith (30-3-1, 17 KOs) and former two-division world champion Jessie Vargas (29-3-2, 11 KOs) ) is a ho-hum affair between two washed-up fighters, at least the co-feature fight will be good.

Liam ‘Beefy’ Smith is coming off an eighth round knockout victory over Anthony Fowler last October. Prior to that, Smith was beaten by Magomed Kurbanov in a 12-round unanimous decision last May.

Smith has suffered additional losses to Jaime Munguia and Canelo Alvarez over the past five years. Liams’ victories have come against these fighters since 2016:

Mario Alberto Lozano
Sam eggington
Roberto Garcia
Liam Williams x 2
Marian Cazacu
Predrag Radosevic

Smith beats fringe level opposition, but he fails to get the job done when asked to fight the higher level guys.

Former two-division world champion Jessie Vargas hasn’t fought for almost two years since losing to Mikey Garcia by a 12-round unanimous decision in February 2020.

It is not known if Vargas has a real interest in his career at this point. Vargas, 32, tasted silver in his fights against Manny Pacquiao, Mikey, Adrien Broner, Humberto Soto and Tim Bradley.

Since Vargas’ fight with Pacquiao in 2016, he doesn’t seem to have the same drive to stay active as he did before, which would indicate he doesn’t hurt for the money like regular fighters.

“The fight will now land on January 29 or February 5. The co-feature is good: a rematch between Carlos Cuadras and Srisaket Sor Rungvisai,” said Mike Coppinger.

Jessie Vargas and Liam Smith have agreed to terms for a DAZN main event on January 22 or 29 in Las Vegas. Vargas drops to 154 pounds for the battle between the former champions.