Boxer Wearing ‘America 1st’ Border Wall Trunks Quits In Fight With Mexican Rival
Shoulda built that wall around his chin.
Rod Salka’s BoxRec page doesn’t make him look like a scrub. The Pennsylvania-born super featherweight boxer has a 26-5 record and carried a five-fight winning streak into his Thursday bout against Francisco Vargas.
But for the second time in his career, Salka has made headlines beyond the world of the boxing press, and it’s not for something good. (More on the other time later.)
On Thursday, Salka walked into the ring with Vargas wearing a pair of shorts that said “America 1st.” They were also emblazoned with a design to mimic the border wall President Trump wants to build between the U.S. and Mexico.
It was an obvious troll move. Vargas is from Mexico, and the fight was being held in California, where fights draw plenty of Mexican-American fans. Unfortunately for Salka, it didn’t work.
Vargas brutalized Salka, who landed plenty of punches but did little damage. In the fifth round, Vargas caught Salka with an uppercut that sent him to a knee.
— Ryan Songalia (@ryansongalia) April 13, 2018
Salka made it up before the ref got to 10 and finished out the round. In the sixth, Vargas went back to work. Salka stayed upright but he’d had enough. Between rounds, his corner called it quits, handing the fight to the 33-year-old Mexican.
Vargas’ win was greeted with glee on Twitter.
Rod Salka quits in the corner! Francisco Vargas has torn down the wall!!!!!
— Eating Alone at the Michael Jordan Restaurant (@BoxrecGrey) April 13, 2018
Lmao Rod Salka sorry ass really wore some American as shorts with a wall pattern . Fucking racist fuck .. and got his ass beat by Mexican Francisco Vargas last night 😂😂
— Anthony Jung 👑 (@Canelohhh) April 13, 2018
Rod Salka getting beat by a Mexican fighter Francisco Vargas is so satisfying LOL #MAGA
— Shelita Buffet🏳️🌈 (@MTCinCA) April 13, 2018
While this loss was humiliating for obvious reasons, it’s not the most painful KO that Salka has received. That came in his loss to Danny Garcia in 2014. Oh, by the way, Garcia is also a proud Latino.