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Will Tomlinson at crossroads with tonight’s Francisco Vargas clash

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Australian junior lightweight Will Tomlinson meets unbeaten Mexican Francisco Vargas in San Antonio, Texas, tonight, and victory could lead him to a world title shot later in the year.

“Without a doubt this is the most important fight of my career,” said Tomlinson, via a press release issued by his agent, Chris Carman. “Vargas is aggressive with a solid work rate and a good kit of punches.

“I feel he is very similar to me as a fighter, I’m just going to be that little bit better on the night – smarter, faster and harder.”

Tomlinson 23-1-1 (13 knockouts) lost his own unbeaten record to Jerry Belmontes in March of last year but bounced back with two solid victories, the last of which was an eighth-round stoppage of Miguel Zamudio.

He said, “I was happy with how I fought on the night. However, I am always a harsh critic of myself and think there is a lot of room for improvement, which is what I have been working on in the gym. The best is yet to come.

“Since moving to Los Angeles, I’ve been training with Nico Robledo. We are working on perfecting the basics: tight defense, head movement and using my jab and footwork. I have also been working with Gabe Rangle, my strength and conditioning coach, who is helping me develop speed, power and agility”

Vargas, 21-0-1 (15 KOs) is rated No. 7 by THE RING at 130 pounds.

The bout will headline a Golden Boy Promotions card and will be televised live on HBO Latino, beginning at 9:45 p.m. ET/ 6:45 p.m. PT.