Irony can be painful.
36-year-old Rod Salka took a beatdown vs. Mexican boxer Francisco Vargas after suiting up with a pair of ugly-looking border wall shorts — apparently mocking his opponent at an ESPN event in Indio, California.
At first, Salka looked confident in his red, white and blue brick-patterned shorts, but the fight quickly turned against him and Vargas unleashed several punishing blows.
Francisco Vargas knocked Salka out in the sixth round, making a powerful statement against anti-immigration rhetoric.
Dude wears “America 1st” shorts with a border wall design against Mexican opponent.
-Dude gets KTFO’d.
— Imraan Siddiqi (@imraansiddiqi) April 14, 2018
Life can be weirdly poetic at times, and seeing this xenophobe wall-builder get rocked by a Mexican boxer is beyond satisfying.
Vargas said the following to ESPN Deportes after knocking his opponent out:
“Once we were already in the ring, the wall was an extra ingredient (for my motivation to win), so when I had him head on, I gave it everything. Whatever it is I represent Mexico, and I feel that everything about that wall is against all my countrymen.”
People on social media reacted to the “#MAGA BEATDOWN.”
never like boxing until the guy w the border wall shorts got his ass beat
— nelleke (@theNelleke) April 14, 2018
TrumpTurd boxer wore Border Wall shorts into ring to taunt Mexican opponent. I guessed it worked. Wiped out by 6th round.
Hope he still has teeth to chew on his MAGA hat.
Love it! https://t.co/aIyw26Sxwp
— xoxo 🗯😉 (@Prison4Trump) April 14, 2018
Glad that was the turnout…surely he was motivated to beat the breaks off dude 🤣🤣🤣
— J. 'Hopp'er🏁🏁🏁 (@DatDude_Hopp) April 13, 2018
Salka got roasted for his tacky and insulting shorts.
Rod Salka’s Wikipedia page has been appropriately updated. pic.twitter.com/oi0fvlolWH
— Ben Jacobs (@Ben2012_London) April 13, 2018
This dude really thought he was gonna get away with this? My paisanos don’t play pic.twitter.com/65hFk0ZWUI
— Xandre Augs (@xandreaugs) April 13, 2018
Rod Salka might have the worst legacy in boxing.
— LukieBoxing (@LukieBoxing) April 13, 2018
Many in the boxing community clowned on Salka’s shorts.
Why the fuck would Rod Salka wear those trunks unless he wanted to own himself? I get believing in yourself as a fighter but surely at some point you realize you're Rod Salka and there's a good chance Francisco Vargas is going to beat the shit out of you
— Jon Jones To GRACHAN (@meyer1244) April 13, 2018
But some peers distanced themselves from the controversial boxer after his stunt.
— Ryan Songalia (@ryansongalia) April 14, 2018
Others took the moment as a perfect metaphor for Trump’s presidency.
Boxer Rod Salka wore trunks with a wall pattern and the inscription "America First." He got pummeled by Mexican fighter Francisco Vargas. PERFECT metaphor for Trump's failed wall negotiations with Congress and Mexico. So much winning! pic.twitter.com/tOKNfaZ4UZ
— Adam Best (@adamcbest) April 13, 2018
People can’t stop talking about the epic beatdown.
It was one year ago that Francisco Vargas toppled Rod Salka and his "build the wall" trunks. On May 11th, Vargas heads to the front lines of the wall debate when he faces Miguel Berchelt at the Tucson Arena. #boxing #BercheltVargas2 pic.twitter.com/4Su3gv5OVV
— Raging Babe (@RagingBabe) April 14, 2019
So happy Fransisco Vargas knocked out this bum Rod Salka. Racist redneck got what he deserved. pic.twitter.com/IkSLLru50G
— Billy The Kid (@BillyDib) April 14, 2018
In one of the most racist symbols in boxing. American Rod Salka was wearing trunks with Donald Trump Wall pattern saying America first. As He got Knocked Out in 6 Rounds By Mexican Francisco Vargas 🤦♂️#NoroomforHate #TheWallmustfall #jcalderonboxingtalk pic.twitter.com/FRal3YOJCo
— JCalderonBoxingTalk (@Jcalderonboxing) April 13, 2018
We’d like to thank Francisco Vargas for proving that poetic justice exists. 🇲🇽
And honestly, if you are looking to dress for your next boxing match, plenty of better options exist. You can even sport Apollo Creed’s patriotic shorts from his epic battle against Rocky Balboa without taking it to an offensive level.