- Francisco “El Bandido” Vargas took down “Lightning” Rod Salka on Thursday night in six rounds.
- The fight was notable for the shorts Salka wore that had a clear pro-Trump, anti-immigration message while facing a Mexican boxer.
- Boxing fans across Twitter were quick to pile on Salka after his loss.
Francisco “El Bandido” Vargas took down “Lightning” Rod Salka on Thursday night in six rounds after Salka’s corner threw in the towel.
While Vargas’ combinations of body blows were highlight-worthy alone, the fight gained a lot of extra attention on social media when viewers noticed that Salka had taken to the ring in trunks that had “America 1st” written across the top and with a design depicting a wall.
The pro-Trump trunks were blatant, and noteworthy given that Salka’s opponent Vargas was Mexican. Salka was defeated handily by Vargas, including a huge knockdown in the fifth round that left Salka dazed in the corner before getting up to beat the referee’s count.
You can watch some highlights from the fight below.
Notably, Rod Salka attempted to enter the realm of politics in 2016, running as the Republican candidate for District 38 of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives before losing handily to Democratic incumbent William Kortz II.
Salka’s political run went about as poorly as his fight with Vargas, as boxing fans across Twitter were quick to remind him.
Salka ran as a Trumpkin Republican to join the embarassing Pennsylvania legislature last year. He lost. Bigly.
— linusesq (@linusesq) April 13, 2018
Rod Salka is literally wearing shorts with a brick wall design that have America 1st written across the waistband and he’s getting beat up by a Mexican
— Rian Scalia (@rian5ca) April 13, 2018
Rod Salka just quit in the corner. Steve Bannon and the rest of the alt-right must be disappointed #boxing
— Ryan Songalia (@ryansongalia) April 13, 2018
With the win, Vargas moves to 25-1-2 in his career with 18 KOs, and hopes to be working toward another title shot.