Rey Vargas gained a world title in a second weight division tonight, beating Mark Magsayo by break up resolution in San Antonio to take the WBC featherweight belt.
Official scores have been 115-112 twice for Vargas, and a card of 114-113 for Magsayo. Each of Dangerous Left Hook’s unofficial playing cards have been 115-112 in favor of Vargas.
Vargas (36-0, 22 KO) undoubtedly did not have the comparatively straightforward struggle we have seen him have in previous 122 lb title defenses, with Magsayo (24-1, 16 KO) making him work lots to earn the choice.
However Magsayo additionally did have a troublesome time with Vargas’ size and motion, even when Vargas was sitting down on punches and interesting greater than we have additionally typically seen previously. On paper, this might have given Magsayo a greater likelihood, and it could have been the largest factor retaining him alive by the tip of the struggle.
Magsayo scored a knockdown in spherical 9, a clear proper hand shot that Vargas walked onto throwing a punch of his personal, which he’d achieved just a few instances. However Magsayo, who often jabs effectively, did not or could not use that punch practically as a lot as he usually prefers, and there have been rounds the place Vargas simply clearly had his approach, and constructed up some good momentum within the third by eighth rounds particularly.
Magsayo did appear to have a good shot late, too, however could have dropped the eleventh and twelfth rounds to seal the win for Vargas.
“That is my second world title, this one’s going again to Mexico,” Vargas stated after the struggle. He admitted Magsayo “bought him” with the knockdown, however stated, “I used to be in management the entire struggle (aside from that), he bought me there and I misplaced somewhat management.”
Requested about what he’ll do subsequent, Vargas replied, “Both a unification or Leo Santa Cruz.” Santa Cruz would be a unification, as Santa Cruz nonetheless laughably holds the WBA featherweight title. He may have a WBC order to struggle Brandon Figueroa in some unspecified time in the future, too.
“It was his day, he was the person of at this time. I will come again stronger. I am a bit disillusioned, however I did my finest,” Magsayo stated. “He did his job within the ring, operating, in order that’s OK. He was taller and he is the person at this time.”
Vargas came to visit to congratulate Magsayo and coach Freddie Roach, and Magsayo stated he’ll watch the struggle again and get again within the gymnasium to come back again.
Brandon Figueroa TKO-6 Carlos Castro
Some dialogue in regards to the stoppage right here, partially as a result of it was straightforward to see Castro having gained 4 of the primary 5 rounds, though he had been down within the third, and partially as a result of it appeared like referee Mark Nelson jumped in as quickly as he bought the prospect when Figueroa (23-1-1, 18 KO) turned Castro (27-2, 12 KO) towards the ropes and began throwing pictures.
However replays confirmed Castro undoubtedly taking just a few actual clear ones, and Nelson stated he noticed Castro’s eyes go unfocused. Referees are proper there, I am not and neither is anybody else. And greater than that, even, Castro didn’t complain in regards to the stoppage. In the event you go together with nothing else, go together with that, is my common recommendation.
Figueroa, 25, wins a WBC eliminator at featherweight right here, so he is in line for a shot on the title now, and it might be matchup, higher than many world title fights even when Figueroa-Castro by no means ought to have been an eliminator at 126 given each have been coming off losses at 122.
It was an entertaining struggle, too. Figueroa all the time is enjoyable to observe, very flawed but in addition actually robust, does not discourage simply in any respect, and picks his spots when to placed on huge strain. That is what bought him by right here, as a result of I do not suppose it is unfair in any respect to say that the 28-year-old Castro was clearly the higher pure boxer, and having plenty of success. I had him up 48-46 after 5 rounds, Wil had the identical, Showtime’s Steve Farhood had the identical.
So sure, Figueroa will all the time be weak to getting out-boxed, however the opponent has to have the ability to climate his storms, too, as a result of he’ll carry them.
“Carlos Castro’s an incredible fighter,” Figueroa stated. “I do know he is a artful fighter, I needed to be affected person. I needed to put the strain on him. I bought somewhat drained (after the third), however I knew he was harm (within the sixth) and I had him, so I needed to placed on the strain.”
Frank Martin TKO-10 Jackson Marinez
This was a short-notice struggle, as Marinez got here in on simply over every week’s discover to switch Ricardo Nunez, and Martin allowed for a 138 lb catchweight to make the struggle occur. Boxing followers bought a win with this, as a result of Marinez (19-3, 7 KO) gave Martin (16-0, 12 KO) a a lot better struggle than I believe anybody anticipated Nunez would have.
We stated it a bunch in the course of the struggle, but when Marinez had gotten this with correct discover, it might need been even higher. However we bought what we bought, and we noticed Marinez once more give a very good effort however lose once more. It is the third struggle in a row he is misplaced, and the second in a row that wasn’t him being completely jobbed on the playing cards, and but I come out of this nonetheless pondering Marinez is an effective, difficult opponent for lots of men at 135.
Martin, although, did the job. He did have some irritating rounds within the center with Marinez, however as soon as he bought his proper hook going late, he had a wrap on issues.
Martin is 27 so he is actually not “prospect age” and he is by no means been tremendous hyped as some blue chipper, however the expertise he has are the kind that if he actually maximizes them, yeah, he is a really harmful fighter. I might consider him maybe as one thing like an undrafted free agent who seems actually can play within the NBA, like a Fred VanVleet or, I do not know, decide your favourite instance. VanVleet springs to thoughts. And nevertheless you get to the highest, it is nearly getting there. Each high NBA participant wasn’t a high draft decide, each high boxer wasn’t a brilliant hyped beginner from age 13 on or no matter.
Backside line, Martin can struggle, and he says he “needs all of them” and is in search of an enormous struggle subsequent at 135. Hopefully he will get one other good step up. This was a stable take a look at and he handed it.
Prelims highlights and outcomes
- Ramon Cardenas UD-10 Michell Banquez (96-94, 97-93, 97-93)
- Rashidi Ellis TKO-1 Jose Marrufo