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Vargas: 'Belt is not going anywhere'

Updated: April 13, 2000, 6:54 PM ET
Associated Press

LOS ANGELES -- Fernando Vargas hinted Tuesday he will knock out Ike Quartey in their IBF junior middleweight fight Saturday in Las Vegas.

"I guarantee you the belt is not going anywhere," Vargas said. "It's coming back here. I don't think it will go to a decision."

Vargas, 22, will be making the fourth defense of the title he won Dec. 12, 1998, when he stopped Yory Boy Campas in the eighth round.

Quartey (34-1-1 with 29 knockouts) will be fighting for the first time ...

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