Bio:Super Lightweight, Alex “El Toro” Vargas fights and trains out of Bellport, New York. Alex is promoted by NY and CT Hall of Fame promoter, Joe DeGuardia. Alex first laced his gloves up at the age of 6 and had his first amateur fight at the age of 9. Vargas was a standout athlete from an early age, nominated as captain of both his Bellport High School football and wrestling team and received MVP honors in both sports.
Alex began making a name for himself in the amateur boxing circuit, winning the Junior Olympics twice, NY Junior Metros two times, and the Florida State PAL championship. Alex would often be seen with his Star Boxing stablemate and WBO World Champion, Joe Smith Jr. Most impressively, in 2013, Vargas would win the coveted New York Golden Gloves at the Barclay’s Center in the 165 lb. division, receiving the Mark Breland Award for fighter of the tournament and the Joey Fariello scholarship.
After graduating from Bellport High School, Alex would put boxing aside for nearly four and a half years, to attend Suffolk County Community College, where he received his associates degree. Alex would then attend SUNY Cortland to earn his bachelor’s degree in teaching English as a second language. All the while, working at Apple Bee’s in Shirley whenever he would be home. From there, he would spend the next six months in Colombia, South America to earn a bilingual certificate in Spanish from the Institute of International Languages (Instituto Internaconal de Idiomas) and has plans to earn a master’s degree in an effort to continue his education.
Returning from Columbia, Alex jumped back into his true passion, boxing, making it to the finals of the 2018 NY Golden Gloves at the 152 lb. division. On September 21, 2018, Alex would make the jump to the pro-ranks, defeating Derron Lawson at Star Boxing’s “Rockin’ Fights” 32.
Park. Alex also trains and spars with some of the top boxers in the sport, including Richard Commey, Chris Colbert, Star Boxing stablemate Chris Algieri and Sergy Derevyachenko. Alex is a pure boxer, with the ability to stick and move on command. Superior footwork and hand speed is what stands out whenever “El Toro” gets to work. His rowdy Long Island fanbase comes out in droves to watch him fight, and make themselves known, as a sea of “El Toro” t-shirts pack the stands when Alex fights.
Career Highlights:Alex Vargas vs Benjamin Borteye | The Paramount | February 22, 2019 Vargas entered “Rockin’ Fights” 32 on a two-fight win streak and would not be denied win number 3 as his fight against Benjamin Borteye lasted two rounds before the Maryland resident’s corner threw in the towel.
Leading up to the technical knockout, the Long Islander used a barrage of punches to knock down the Ghana native twice in the first two rounds. “I’m excited I got the stoppage,” Vargas told Greater Patchogue following the fight. “I’ve been waiting for that since my first fight.” After the fight, the 23-year-old looked into the crowd where he saw a sea of red in the stands— an entire section of the audience sporting Alex “El Toro” Vargas t-shirts. “It is an amazing feeling to know that you have that support,” said Vargas. “It gives me that excitement to put on a show.”
Watch the Vargas-Borteye fight here: https://youtu.be/xsA8pSqw2NE
Alex Vargas vs Dashaun Johns | The Paramount | November 23, 2019 The two southpaws let their hands fly, staying in the pocket and fighting for control. After a tight first and second round, Vargas began sitting on his punches, establishing himself as the more aggressive fighter. With momentum on his side, and loud "El Toro" cheers, Vargas finished the fight strong, earning the unanimous decision victory in an entertaining fight. (60-55 (x2), 58-56). Vargas recapped his strong victory, "My plan was to work the jab, stay low and work the body to slow him down. I am training with the best, so I have to fight like I'm the best. It is amazing to be a kid, a prospect, who is 5-0, to have that many people come out and support me, I have to keep winning, and make them proud."
Amateur Career:● 2x Junior Olympic Champion
● 2x NY Junior Metro Champion
● 2013 NY Golden Gloves 162 lb. Champion
● 2013 NY Golden Gloves Mark Breland Fighter of the Tournament Recipient
● 2018 NY Golden Gloves 152lb. Finalist
Watch the Vargas-Johns fight here: https://youtu.be/QL1wYjsy6qw