Boxer wears ‘America 1st’ wall shorts against Mexican fighter, gets soundly beaten

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A Thursday night bout between American boxer Rod Salka and Mexican boxer Francisco Vargas caught the boxing world’s attention when Salka entered the ring wearing “America 1st” shorts with a wall pattern.

The clear anti-immigration and border-wall references backfired in a major way for Salka, as Vargas proceeded to dominate the fight in a sixth-round referee technical decision.

After the fight, Vargas said he was surprised by Salka’s shorts and the pro-Trump political statement. Vargas said he took the shorts as extra motivation, via azcentral:

“I was surprised when (Salka) was coming to the ring. I saw him dressed with a wall on his clothes, or representing the wall, but I kept calm. I was focused on making my fight and on my plan,” Vargas said in Spanish to ESPN Deportes.

“Once we were already in the ring, the wall was an extra ingredient (for my motivation to win), so when I had him head on, I gave it everything. Whatever it is I represent Mexico, and I feel that everything about that wall is against all my countrymen.”

And, of course, Salka was subjected to relentless Twitter roasting after his loss.

Vargas improved his professional record to 25-1-2 with the win.





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