Knocking walls down is a lot more fun than putting them up. If you doubt that statement, just ask David Hasselhoff or any German who was kicking about in Berlin in 1989…
If you don’t know The Hoff or any older German dudes, try super-featherweight Mexican boxer Francisco ‘El Bandido’ Vargas.
On the weekend, El Bandido faced American ‘Lightning’ Rod Salka inside the Fantasy Springs Casino, in Indio, California.
Salka decided to front up in a pair of risqué pro-Trump boxing shorts with a not-so-subtle message printed on them; they said ‘AMERICA 1ST’ in bold writing across the top with a brick wall pattern covering them, for good measure.
Indio has a very mixed demographic with a large Latino population so the 35-year-old Salka – who is originally from Pensylvania – didn’t get the reception he was, perhaps, hoping for.
And as if he wasn’t already motivated enough, the 33-year-old former Olympian and WBC super featherweight saw those shorts and saw red; in front of a crowd of 1,500, Vargas started the fight as he usually does; on the front foot throwing hard punches.
Salka’s had some success, countering the Mexican whenever he missed but Vargas was relentless and eventually put Salka on her arse with a solid combination in the 5th round.
Just watch the beating he puts on the hapless American; it even looks like he’s aiming for the part of the shorts that say ‘AMERICA 1ST’ (although, in reality, he’s just digging the body like the experienced campaigner he is).
You can hear one of the Latino commentators speaking (in Spanish) about the controversial choice of clothing:
“We are not going to get into these issues, but I think we are bringing a spirit typical of Latino people—this heart, this delivery….let’s leave it by saying it was a good choice to take on Salka.”
El Bandido dished out a flurry of punches (112 landed compared to Salka’s 75) for six hard rounds before the American’s corner eventually threw the towel in.
In one of the most racist symbols in boxing. American Rod Salka was wearing trunks with Donald Trump Wall pattern saying America first. As He got Knocked Out in 6 Rounds By Mexican Francisco Vargas 🤦♂️#NoroomforHate #TheWallmustfall #jcalderonboxingtalk pic.twitter.com/FRal3YOJCo
— JCalderonBoxingTalk (@Jcalderonboxing) April 13, 2018
Vargas boasts a professional record of 25-1-2 with 18 knockouts to his name. He was working with trainer Joel Díaz for the first time and was clearly fired up for this one.
Salka, on the other hand, was previously best known for facing light-welterweight world champion Danny García back in 2014.
In that fight, Salka (who has a record of 24-5 with 4 knockouts) was brutally knocked out inside of two rounds. Before that event, the match-up was heavily criticized by boxing observers as a mismatch, which proved to be the case.
Salka also attempted to enter politics in 2016, running as the Republican candidate for District 38 of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives but lost heavily to the Democratic incumbent, William Kortz.
He’s got a new thing to be most well known for now, though!
Vargas knocked that wall down like it was Berlin in 1989 and he had The Hoff cranking out a power ballad in his ear!
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— Ryan Songalia (@ryansongalia) April 13, 2018