Team USA teen boxer Vargas debuts with win vs Brazil’s Neto

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His opponent was almost double his age and from the host country, but that wasn’t a problem for American flyweight boxer Antonio Vargas.

The 19-year-old Team USA fighter handled Brazil’s 34-year-old Juliao Neto 2-0 on points at the Riocentro on Saturday morning.

It was the first fight of the tournament for Vargas, who moves on to face Uzbekistan fighter Shakhobidin Zoirov in Monday’s Round of 16.