Rey Vargas

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Rey Vargas
Statistics
Real name Rey Geovani Vargas Roldán
Weight(s) Super bantamweight
Height 5 ft 7.5 in (171 cm)
Reach 70 in (178 cm)
Nationality Mexican
Born (1990-11-25) November 25, 1990 (age 27)
Otumba, State of Mexico, Mexico
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 32
Wins 32
Wins by KO 22
Losses 0
Draws 0

Rey Geovani Vargas Roldán (born November 25, 1990) is a Mexican professional boxer. He is the current WBC super bantamweight champion. He is known for his large stature for the weight class and his ability to box sharply on the outside. Vargas is trained by, 2016 Manager of the Year, Oscar Ortiz[1] and coached by legendary Nacho Beristain.[2]

Amateur career[edit]

Vargas won 7 national championships in Mexico as an amateur, as well as a gold medal in the 2009 Panamerican Championships. He competed in the 2009 World Championships but was defeated by Luke Campbell in the first round.

Professional career[edit]

Vargas debuted as a professional in May 2010. He won the IBF Youth title in his 11th fight. Vargas won 15 of his first 16 fights by way of knockout. The first fighter to go the distance with him since his second fight was Yuki Murai. On March 2014, Vargas was knocked down for the first time against Sylvester Lopez. Vargas went down in round 2 but won the bout after Lopez suffered an injury and was unable to continue. The two rematched on November of that same year, Vargas won the second fight with a round 8 TKO.[3] Vargas went down once again in round 2 of an eight-round fight against Lucian González, after an overhand right. Vargas was able to survive and get the unanimous decision (78-73, 78-74, 77-75).[4]

On June 2016, Vargas won a shut-out unanimous decision (120-108, 120-108, 120-108) over Alexis Kabore. With the win, Vargas became the mandatory challenger to the WBC's super bantamweight titlist, Hugo Ruiz.[5] On September 2016, Vargas defeated former WBA super flyweight champion Alexander Muñoz with a 5th-round TKO. Muñoz went down four times until the referee finally stopped the contest.[6]

On 25 February 2017, he faced Gavin McDonnell for the vacant WBC super bantamweight title.[7] The title fight took place in Hull, England.[8] Vargas established control of the fight early on, using his length and head movement to keep the hometown fighter at bay, while landing short combinations. McDonnell attempted to rally back during the later rounds, but he was ultimately unable to turn the scorecards around. Vargas won a majority decision (117-111, 116-112, 114-114) to become a world champion.[9]

Vargas' first defense would come on the Cotto-Kamegai undercard at the StubHub Center, against Ronny Rios. Vargas was also able to out-box Rios, controlling the bout by fighting at range. Vargas won via unanimous decision (118-110, 118-110, 115-113).[10] Vargas made a second defense against Oscar Negrete in another Miguel Cotto undercard, in this case his farewell bout against Sadam Ali. The match was in December 2017 at Madison Square Garden, and was televised on HBO. Vargas was cut twice by headbutts but used his length effectively to cruise to a wide unanimous decision (119-109, 119-109, 120-108).[11]

Professional boxing record[edit]

Professional record summary
32 fights 32 wins 0 losses
By knockout 22 0
By decision 10 0
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
32 Win 32–0 Armenia Azat Hovhannisyan UD 12 12 May 2018 United States Turning Stone Resort Casino, Verona, New York, U.S Retained WBC super bantamweight title
31 Win 31–0 Colombia Oscar Negrete UD 12 2 Dec 2017 United States Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, U.S. Retained WBC super bantamweight title
30 Win 30–0 United States Ronny Rios UD 12 26 Aug 2017 United States StubHub Center, Carson, California, U.S. Retained WBC super bantamweight title
29 Win 29–0 United Kingdom Gavin McDonnell MD 12 25 Feb 2017 United Kingdom Ice Arena, Kingston upon Hull, UK Won vacant WBC super bantamweight title
28 Win 28–0 Venezuela Alexander Muñoz TKO 5 (12), 2:22 3 Sep 2016 Mexico Deportivo Zaragoza, Atizapán, Mexico Won vacant WBC International Silver super bantamweight title
27 Win 27–0 Burkina Faso Alexis Kabore UD 12 11 Jun 2016 Mexico Arena Coliseo, Mexico City, Mexico
26 Win 26–0 Mexico Christian Esquivel TKO 3 (8), 1:01 27 Feb 2016 United States Honda Center, Anaheim, California, U.S.
25 Win 25–0 Dominican Republic Lucian González UD 8 5 Sep 2015 Mexico Feria de San Isidro, Metepec, Mexico
24 Win 24–0 Philippines Eduardo Mancito UD 10 23 May 2015 Mexico Feria de San Isidro, Metepec, Mexico
23 Win 23–0 Argentina Néstor Panigua TKO 2 (12), 1:17 24 Jan 2015 Mexico Centro de Convenciones, Ixtapa, Mexico Won vacant WBC International Silver super bantamweight title
22 Win 22–0 Philippines Sylvester Lopez TKO 8 (12), 2:12 1 Nov 2014 Mexico Arena Coliseo, Mexico City, Mexico Retained WBC Youth Silver super bantamweight title
21 Win 21–0 Philippines Daniel Ferreras TKO 2 (10) 23 Aug 2014 Mexico Convention Center Surman Villa de las Flores, Coacalco, Mexico Retained WBC Youth Silver super bantamweight title
20 Win 20–0 Philippines Vergel Nebran TKO 6 (10), 2:34 14 Jun 2014 Mexico Explanada Municipal, Tlalnepantla, Mexico Retained WBC Youth Silver super bantamweight title
19 Win 19–0 Philippines Sylvester Lopez RTD 7 (10) 15 Mar 2014 Mexico Estadio de Beisbol, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
18 Win 18–0 Philippines Ernie Sánchez UD 10 21 Dec 2013 Mexico Gimnasio Rodrigo M. Quevedo, Chihuahua, Mexico Retained WBC Youth Silver super bantamweight title
17 Win 17–0 Japan Yuki Murai UD 10 26 Oct 2013 Mexico Deportivo Agustín Ramos Millán, Toluca, Mexico Won vacant WBC Youth Silver super bantamweight title
16 Win 16–0 Philippines Juanito Rubillar KO 4 (8), 2:58 24 Aug 2013 United States StubHub Center, Carson, California, U.S.
15 Win 15–0 Mexico Cecilio Santos KO 2 (10) 8 Jun 2013 Mexico Monumental Villa Charra, Tijuana, Mexico
14 Win 14–0 Japan Seizo Kono TKO 3 (10), 2:22 27 Apr 2013 Mexico Arena Mexico, Mexico City, Mexico Won vacant WBC Youth Intercontinental super bantamweight title
13 Win 13–0 Mexico Marcos Cárdenas TKO 5 (8), 1:41 22 Dec 2012 Mexico Auditorio Bicentenario, Morelia, Mexico
12 Win 12–0 Mexico Luis Lugo TKO 5 (10), 2:47 2 Jun 2012 Mexico Coliseo Olímpico de la UdeG, Guadalajara, Mexico
11 Win 11–0 Mexico Gabriel Aguillón TKO 1 (10), 1:17 25 Feb 2012 Mexico Coliseo Olímpico de la UdeG, Guadalajara, Mexico Won vacant IBF Youth super bantamweight title
10 Win 10–0 Mexico Rene Vázquez TKO 2 (6), 0:26 23 Jul 2011 Mexico Coliseo Olímpico de la UdeG, Guadalajara, Mexico
9 Win 9–0 Mexico Jorge Morales TKO 2 (6) 25 Mar 2011 Mexico Arena Jalisco, Guadalajara, Mexico
8 Win 8–0 Mexico Mario Alberto García TKO 3 (8), 2:22 26 Feb 2011 Mexico Poliforum Zamna, Mérida, Mexico
7 Win 7–0 Mexico Jesus Santillan TKO 7 (8) 22 Jan 2011 Mexico Arena Neza, Ciudad Nezahualcóyotl, Mexico
6 Win 6–0 Mexico Jorge Otocani Reynoso TKO 1 (6), 2:07 6 Nov 2010 Mexico Poliforum Zamna, Mérida, Mexico
5 Win 5–0 Mexico Fabian Ruiz KO 1 (6), 2:23 2 Oct 2010 Mexico Coliseo Olímpico de la UdeG, Guadalajara, Mexico
4 Win 4–0 Mexico Jose Luis Medellin TKO 2 (4) 4 Sep 2010 Mexico Arena Solidaridad, Monterrey, Mexico
3 Win 3–0 Mexico Juan Antonio Duque TKO 2 (4) 21 Aug 2010 Mexico Arena Jalisco, Guadalajara, Mexico
2 Win 2–0 Mexico Hector Esnar Bobadilla UD 4 29 May 2010 Mexico Arena Tecate, Guadalajara, Mexico
1 Win 1–0 Mexico Claudio Palacios KO 1 (4) 10 Apr 2010 Mexico Palenque de la Feria, Durango, Mexico

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Awards and achievements
Vacant
Title last held by
Hozumi Hasegawa
WBC super bantamweight champion
February 25, 2017 - present
Incumbent