Former world champion Jessie Vargas enters the ring for Congress.

Vargas announced Monday that he had launched his campaign for the US Congress in the state of Nevada. He is running to represent District 4.

Vargas wrote in an Instagram post:

“I have an exciting announcement: I am running for the United States Congress! (Nevada District 4) Las Vegas has given me so much, and now I am dedicating my time to making it better and fighting to keep the American Dream alive!

The 32-year-old was previously world champion in two weight classes. He was the WBA and IBO welterweight title holder in 2014 and the WBO welterweight champion in 2016. He made his professional boxing debut in September 2008 with a first round knockout of unbeaten Joel Gonzalez. before the fight.

His last fight was in February 2020 when he lost to four division champion Mikey Garcia. Garcia won by unanimous decision.

Vargas joins a number of current and former boxers who have decided to run for government seats. Juan Manuel Márquez ran for a congressional seat in Mexico this year.

Manny Pacquiao, who beat Vargas in November 2016 for his WBO welterweight title, has been a senator from the Philippines since 2016. In September, Pacquiao accepted his party’s nomination to run for president in 2022. He retired boxing a few weeks later.

Jessie Vargas announced a candidacy for Congress on Monday. (Paul Best / Getty Images for Maddox Gallery)


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