This high noon, great former world champion Francisco Vargas linked via Zoom with athletes from Special Olympics.
Rafael Palma, served as moderator of the talk, and all participants were extremely excited to be able to talk with the former champion, who throughout his career has shown that courage comes not only from the fists but also from his heart.
Francisco, better known as the “Bandit” was questioned about how he started in the world of gloves and even if his parents agreed that he should dedicate himself to this sport. Francisco said that boxing helped to form his character, to be more disciplined, to set his goals more clearly and even to eat better.
On the night of his coronation, Francisco recalls he wasn’t favorite, since the then Japanese champion Takashi Miura had defeated all the Mexican boxers, who dared to go after his belt. However, he knew the power of his fists but above all his impetus to honor the name of Mexico. That night in the ninth round he became the new World Champion.
“The fight was as I dreamed of a battle between a samurai and an Aztec warrior. A unique moment that I will carry forever in my heart. Without doubt The greatest moment of glory and Fight of the Year.”
Francisco shared not only his experiences in the ring but also tips and reflections that have led him to discover his strengths and abilities.
He urged all young people to pursue their dreams, to work hard and with great discipline, but above all to learn that we can always rise from a fall. The crucially important factor is to always believe in yourself.