Magsayo, Vargas make weight

Published July 9, 2022, 5:56 PM

by Carlo Anolin

Mark Magsayo and Rey Vargas are ready to rumble and dispute the World Boxing Council (WBC) featherweight title as the two boxers made their respective weights ahead of their bout on Saturday, July 9, at the Alamadome in San Antonio, Texas (Sunday in Manila).

WBC featherweight champion Mark Magsayo and top contender Rey Vargas of Mexico (SHOWTIME Boxing)

Both Magsayo, the reigning WBC champion, and Vargas made the cut and tipped the scales at 125.5 lbs.

Per BetMGM, the Filipino champion is listed as a +100 underdog while Vargas got -115 as a favorite.

After all, the two featherweight stars have made their respective names in the division by being undefeated.

Magsayo, the protege of eight-division world boxing champion and Filipino legend Manny Pacquiao, was the first to attain the top status by dethroning Gary Russell Jr. last January 2022 via majority decision.

Prior to that, the 27-year-old Tagbilaran, Bohol native boxer shocked the boxing world with his stunning 10th round knockout against Julio Ceja of Mexico last August 2021.

Magsayo, who remained unbeaten in 24 matches on top of 16 knockouts, earned the Premier Boxing Champion’s (PBC) Knockout of the Year award in the process which also paved the way to his superstardom and earning a title shot.

“It sounds pretty good to me that they are looking at me now. So I’m gonna do my best,” said Magsayo. “I need to win every fight. Because people are watching me, [watching] my back. I’m gonna do my best in every fight.”

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Vargas, 31, on the other hand, is also unscathed in 35 matches built on 22 KOs.

Before moving to the featherweight division, the Mexican star reigned supreme in the super bantamweight class and had five successful title defenses for his WBC belt since winning it against Gavin McDonnell last February 2017.

The Magsayo-Vargas bout serves as the main headliner for the tripleheader as Frank Martin (15-0, 11 KOs) and Jackson Martinez (19-2, 7 KOs) clash in a ten-round bout while Brandon Figueroa (22-1-1, 17 KOs) and Carlos Castro (27-1, 12 KOs) collide in a twelve-round co-main event match for the WBC featherweight title eliminator.

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