Salka, 35, wore trunks emblazoned with the phrase “America First” on a pattern of bricks – an obvious reference to President Trump’s recent anti-immigrant rhetoric and his plan to build a wall across the the US’ border with Mexico.
If it was an attempt to distract 24-1 Vargas, it did not work.
Vargas hammered Salka from the first bell, producing a professional performance that culminated in a bruising knockdown in the fifth round.
Salka was hammered by Vargas before quitting on his stool after the 6th round
Having weathered Salka’s best shots without too much trouble, Vargas ramped up the pressure and began working the journeyman’s body before hammering an uppercut through his guard to send him to the canvas.
And it was more of the same in the sixth round before Salka was forced to quit on his stool shortly before the seventh.
His demise was welcomed by many boxing fans watching online, with one writing: “Rod Salka wore ‘America 1st’ and a wall pattern on his trunks against Mexican fighter Francisco Vargas.
Salka was flattened by an uppercut during a punishing fifth-round
“He ended up getting his ass kicked.”
Another added: “Enjoy getting plastered by a Mexican my guy.”
The card also saw Irish young gun Aaron McKenna defeat Keasen Freeman in the first round and Andrew Cancio hand Aidar Sharibayev his first loss in violent fashion.