Fernando Vargas to get star

LAS VEGAS -- In a town central to boxing lore, Fernando Vargas is expected to become the first fighter with a star on the Las Vegas Walk of Stars.

Las Vegas Walk of Stars spokesman Pablo Castro Zavala says the 32-year-old retired fighter will receive a star on the walk Dec. 9. Zavala says a ceremony is planned at the Encore Las Vegas hotel-casino. The star will be placed that day somewhere on the Las Vegas Strip alongside the likes of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Emilio and Gloria Estefan.

Vargas is retired, with a 26-5 record and 22 knockouts. His last professional fight was in 2007, when he lost to Ricardo Mayorga in a majority decision.

Zavala says stars have also been approved for Oscar De La Hoya and Manny Pacquiao, but ceremonies have not been set.