Unbeaten World Boxing Council super bantamweight champion, Rey Vargas, says he's honored to be part of the card on December 2 at Madison Square Garden in New York, where he will defend his belt against unbeaten Oscar “Jaguar" Negrete.
The card is headlined by WBO junior middleweight champion Miguel Cotto of Puerto Rico.
Vargas is a 26-year-old champion who brings a considerable height and reach advantage in every fight, which he has used to nullify all of his previous opposition.
In February 2017, Vargas traveled to the United Kingdom to defeat Gavin McDonnell for the vacant WBC Super Bantamweight Title. For this fight, Vargas enlisted the help of Hall of Fame trainer Ignacio "Nacho" Beristain, who has been training him ever since. In August, Vargas defended his title for the first time against longtime super bantamweight contender Ronny Rios via a decisive unanimous decision.
"I am training hard for my next fight in New York, at Madison Square Garden, a stage where many icons have appeared. It's a pleasure and an honor to be there, sharing the card with the great Miguel Cotto.
"It's going to be an excellent card, I have to fight against an undefeated rival again, a great match. It's going to be a very good fight. I'm defending my world title, do not miss it, December 2 on Mexico´s Channel 5.
"It's also going to be a bittersweet historic moment , because it will be the first time that we are going to be in the Garden but it will be during Cotto's farewell…it is hard to say goodbye to such legend."
Negrete, a 30-year-old native of Tierraalta, Colombia, has been a staple of Golden Boy events on the west coast after making his United States debut in June 2014. Since then, he has appeared over ten times in the California, steadily defeating tough opponents in both the bantamweight and super bantamweight divisions. In his last outing, Negrete moved down to 118 pounds to defeat Sergio Frias for the NABF Bantamweight Title in the main event of the June 30 edition of Golden Boy Boxing on ESPN.