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Coach Joe Vargas introducing former IBF World Champion Javier “La Cobra” Mendoza as he prepares for his upcoming fight. Cobra came to The Arena to spar and was so impressed with the talent of the boxers and Coach Joe that he decided to join the team. He has a game opponent coming up as he starts his journey back to being a World Champion!


Coach Joe Vargas:
Hey, I’m Joe Vargas from the Arena here, Head Coach, and I’m along with Javier Mendoza, AKA Cobra. He is a former IBF World Champion. At 108, he’s moving up in weight to fight at 115 and reestablish his career. And he chose to come here to train with us.


He said that he came a while ago to spar here and he realized there was a lot of talent, lot of good teammates that he could work with and a good coach, and he decided to over because of the leadership that the team had as a unit.


He said under the tutelage that we’ve been doing for the game plan for this fight, he feels very confident, very comfortable. He said, the guy he’s fighting from the South of Mexico, he doesn’t recall his name right now. It’s not that he’s not concerned, it’s just that we’re just so focused on this camp that whoever they put in front of him, he’s ready for it. And he’s excited.


He wants to reestablish getting the world title again. And we’ve been talking to a few people to help us out and work with us. And there’s some big names on the horizon for him. He just needs to fight again, get active again. And I think the sky’s the limit for this young man.

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