By Miguel Rivera
Deportivo Zaragoza in Zaragoza, Mexico - Super bantamweight Rey Vargas (28-0, 22 KOs) picked up a fifth round stoppage win over former world champion Alexander “Explosivo” Munoz (38-7, 30 KOs).
Vargas used his power to drop Munoz twice in the second, once more in the fourth and then again in the fifth for the vuctory.
Vargas - who is trained by the legendary Ignacio 'Nacho' Beristain - remains the mandatory challenger for the super bantamweight title held by countryman and Promociones del Pueblo stablemate Hugo Ruiz, who has a dangerous date ahead himself with his first title defense coming versus former two-division titlist Hozumi Hasegawa later this month in Japan.
"King has excellent conditions. He is a young man of great stature for his division, and he knows how to take advantage of these conditions in the ring, going undefeated. He is one of a kind and has everything to become world champion," said Don Nacho.
Nacho is also aware that there are always things to correct and with a world title fight looming he is confident that that his student will make the most of his youth and talent.
"In each preparation we work differently depending on the opponent you are going to face. It will be a tough fight, but King has the conditions to be the winner. We have worked very well and we will show that on the night of the fight. He is ready to go for the world title," established Beristain, who has worked with more than 20 Mexican world champions.
Ruiz won the title with a 1st round knockout of Julio Ceja in their rematch this past February in Anaheim, California. Vargas appeared on the undercard, scoring an 8th round stoppage of Christian Esquivel. He has since added a points win over Alexis Bouriema Kabore this past June in his birthtown of Mexico City.