Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

Rey Vargas-Gavin McDonnell Title Fight Eyed For February in UK

By Jake Donovan

As boxing hipsters continue to reflect fondly upon the career of Hozumi Hasegawa, a void left behind by the former three-division champion will soon be filled.

Unbeaten super bantamweight contender Rey Vargas received an early Christmas when he was informed by the World Boxing Council (WBC) that he is first in line to contend for the title vacated by Hasegawa upon his retirement this past fall. Vargas was the mandatory challenger to the title, and will now face the next highest-rated contender, England’s Gavin McDonnell in a matchup of unbeaten title hopefuls.

The bout is due to take place either February 18 or 25, likely in the United Kingdom.

rey-vargas

“This is an opportunity I’ve dreamed of for as long as I even thought about boxing, and now it’s going to happen,” Vargas (28-0, 22KOs) told BoxingScene.com when learning of the news. “I’ve already begun preparation to conquer my dream.”

Vargas moved into the top spot following a 5th round knockout of former 115 lb. titlist Alexander Munoz this past September in Zaragoza, Mexico. The 26-year old from Mexico City was in an interesting position given that both he and then-champion Hugo Ruiz both fight under the Promociones del Pueblo banner.

It likely wouldn’t have prevented such a bout from happening, as no opponent is off limits for the unbeaten knockout artist. However, any lingering conflict was removed when Hasegawa turned back the clock and stopped Ruiz in nine rounds in mid-September. As Vargas was prepared to gain vengeance for boxing-rich Mexico, any plans for such a matchup dissolved upon the sudden and shocking retirement announcement from Hasegawa.

He will now set his sights on McDonnell (16-0-2, 4KOs), a 30-year old from Doncaster, England who makes a big leap in class for this his first world title fight. Should he manage the feat, he will join on the championship stage his twin brother Jamie, who presently reigns as a bantamweight titlist.

McDonnell positioned himself for a future title shot with a 12-round win over previously unbeaten Jorge Sanchez in their title eliminator this past February. He has since added a stay-busy eight-round win over Robin Zamora this past September

The bout will mark the first trip outside of The Americas for Vargas, who is trained by Hall of Fame cornerman Ignacio ‘Nacho’ Beristain. His lone two career bouts outside of Mexico have both taken place in Southern California.
        
Twitter: @JakeNDaBox_v2

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by nycsmooth on 12-23-2016

Ray flies under the radar and not many US fans know of him or have even seen him.. I have ...very good punching power some mistakes but an excellent corner and it works w/him...

Comment by PanchoCordova on 12-22-2016

This is going to be a very brutal beating. Vargas by stoppage.

Comment by Money Uno on 12-22-2016

WAR VARGAS!:boxing:

Comment by Mexican_Puppet on 12-22-2016

Easy, easy work for the king Vargas. McDonald's only can get the win by robbery

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (4)
Top Headlines DeGale: Badou Jack is Not in My Class at All - I Want Rematch! De La Hoya: If Lemieux Wins - Canelo Fight Possible if No Golovkin Erickson Lubin's Future is Up To Him Murata: N'dam First, Ultimately Shooting for GGG-Canelo Winner 'PBC on FOX' Tripleheader Averaged 1.48 Million Viewers Saturday Pulev: It Was Tough Decision To Withdraw From Joshua Fight Bermane Stiverne Signs Contract For Deontay Wilder Rematch Anthony Joshua Admits He's in "No Rush" To Fight in United States Showtime Viewership Went Down During Lara-Gausha Main Event Luis Nery Sets Return, Faces Arthur Villanueva on November 4 Rey Vargas To Defend WBC Belt in HBO Co-Feature To Cotto vs. Ali News: Hall of Fame Update, Steve Forbes Sets Card, More Damien Vazquez, Blair Cobbs, Tye Brooks Win in Mexico HBO Sports Head: I Commend Cotto For Facing a Young, Hungry Ali Saunders vs. Lemieux Deal Reached For December 16, HBO Photos: Miguel Cotto, Sadam Ali - Go Face To Face in New York Canelo-Golovkin: Golden Boy’s Prez: Open to Rematch in March Joshua: Takam is Tough, Late Switch Has Not Affected Camp Malignaggi: I'm The Biggest Fight, Biggest Money For McGregor! Photos: Joe Joyce, Ian Lewison Grinding Hard at Workouts Hearn Feels Takam Will Be More Durable Than Pulev in Joshua Bout Ricky Hatton Confident That Zhakiyanov Will Shock Burnett Team Sauerland, SPORT1 Agree on Three Year TV Deal World Boxing Super Series Cruiserweight Final in Saudi Arabia Ray Beltran Manager is Fired Up - Tears Apart Terry Flanagan David Benavidez: Golovkin Not Slowing Down, A lot of Years Left Spence: Lamont Peterson Was the Welterweight Willing to Step Up! Frank Warren on Amir Khan: Perfect Return Bout is Bradley Skeete! Hearn: Bellew The Favorite in Rematch, Haye is Over if He Loses Shane McGuigan Has No Regrets Over Split With Frampton, Haye Lauren Confident That She Will Get Revenge on Cecilia Braekhus Conrad Cummings Inks With MTK Global Groves: If I Box Like I Did With Cox - Then Eubank Has No Chance! Beterbiev: I Was Ready For Andre Ward - I'm Ready For Anyone News: Nurse vs. Catterall, Mohamed Soltby, Andrew Moloney Botha: Joseph Parker is Like Muhammad Ali - He Can Unify Belts Suddenly, Promoting The 154-Pounders is a Growth Industry Wilder: Anthony Joshua Don't Sound Confident About Us Fighting! Derry Mathews Staying Away, Not Planning To Make Return NSAC Head: Adalaide Byrd Not Suspended, Expect Her Back Soon
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement