Boxer Vargas to get star on Las Vegas sidewalk

Boxer Fernando Vargas arrives for the Latino Athlete of the Year Award ceremony in Los Angeles, Tuesday, July 14, 2009. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

October 22, 2010 6:39:18 PM PDT
In a town central to boxing lore, Fernando Vargas is expected to become the first fighter with a star on the Las Vegas Walk of Stars.

Las Vegas Walk of Stars spokesman Pablo Castro Zavala says the 32-year-old retired fighter will receive a star on the walk Dec. 9.

Zavala says a ceremony is planned at the Encore Las Vegas hotel-casino. The star will be placed that day somewhere on the Las Vegas Strip alongside the likes of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Emilio and Gloria Estefan.

Vargas is retired, with a 26-5 record and 22 knockouts. His last professional fight was in 2007, when he lost to Ricardo Mayorga in a majority decision.

Zavala says stars have also been approved for Oscar De La Hoya and Manny Pacquiao, but ceremonies have not been set.