Rey Vargas

Rey Vargas

RECORD

36 - 1 - 1

KOs

22

Weight 126 lbs (57.27 kg)

Age 33

Home Otumba, México, MEX 

Complete Stats

A seven-time amateur National Champion in Mexico, Rey Vargas captured a world title at 122-pounds and now looks to do the same at 126 pounds. Read Bio

Last Fight

Draw vs Nick Ball

Mar 08, 2024 / Kingdom Arena, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Rey Vargas DRAWS with Nick Ball by SD in Round 12 of 12

Latest News

Rey Vargas News
O'Shaquie FosterPBC Boxing Video
Feb 12, 2023 / Vargas vs Foster, Rey Vargas, O'Shaquie Foster, Mario Barrios, Lenier Pero, Viktor Faust, Jovanie Santiago

O'Shaquie Foster Becomes New WBC Champ in Decisive Fashion

Foster hands two-division world champ Rey Vargas his first loss in a dominant performance to capture the vacant WBC 130-pound World Title Saturday night on SHOWTIME.

Vargas-FosterPBC Boxing Video
Feb 11, 2023 / Vargas vs Foster, O'Shaquie Foster, Rey Vargas

Rey Vargas vs. O'Shaquie Foster: Too Close to Call

Two hungry tacticians will square off when unbeaten two-division Champion Rey Vargas faces top contender O'Shaquie Foster for the vacant WBC World Super Featherweight title Saturday night on SHOWTIME.

PBC PodcastPBC Boxing Video
Feb 1, 2023 / Rey Vargas, Subriel Matias, The PBC Podcast

The PBC Podcast: Rey Vargas, Subriel Matias

Two guests, two upcoming world title bouts and a whole lot more in this week's episode!

Fights

Rey Vargas Fights

Draw vs Nick Ball 19-0-0

Mar 08, 2024 Kingdom Arena, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Rey Vargas DRAWS with Nick Ball by SD in Round 12 of 12

Loss vs O'Shaquie Foster 22-3-0

Feb 11, 2023 Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas

Rey Vargas LOSES to O'Shaquie Foster by UD in Round 12 of 12

WIN vs Mark Magsayo 26-2-0

Jul 09, 2022 San Antonio, Texas

Mark Magsayo LOSES to Rey Vargas by SD in Round 12 of 12

Win vs Leonardo Baez 21-5-0

Nov 06, 2021 MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada

Rey Vargas WINS against Leonardo Baez by UD in Round 10 of 10

Win vs Franklin Manzanilla 18-4-0

Feb 09, 2019 Fantasy Springs Casino, Indio, California, USA

Rey Vargas WINS against Franklin Manzanilla by UD in Round 12 of 12

Win vs Azat Hovhannisyan 14-2-0

May 12, 2018 Turning Stone Resort & Casino, Verona, New York, USA

Rey Vargas WINS against Azat Hovhannisyan by UD in Round 12 of 12

Win vs Oscar Negrete 17-0-0

Dec 02, 2017 Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USA

Rey Vargas WINS against Oscar Negrete by UD in Round 12 of 12

Win vs Ronny Rios 28-1-0

Aug 26, 2017 StubHub Center, Carson, California, USA

Rey Vargas WINS against Ronny Rios by UD in Round 12 of 12

WIN vs Gavin McDonnell 16-0-2

Feb 25, 2017 Ice Arena, Hull, Yorkshire, United Kingdom

Gavin McDonnell LOSES to Rey Vargas by MD in Round 12 of 12

Win vs Alexander Munoz 38-6-0

Sep 03, 2016 Deportivo Zaragoza, Atizapan de Zaragoza, México, Mexico

Rey Vargas WINS against Alexander Munoz by TKO in Round 5 of 12

Win vs Alexis Boureima Kabore 25-1-0

Jun 11, 2016 Arena Coliseo, Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico

Rey Vargas WINS against Alexis Boureima Kabore by UD in Round 12 of 12

Win vs Christian Esquivel 28-8-0

Feb 27, 2016 Honda Center, Anaheim, California, USA

Rey Vargas WINS against Christian Esquivel by TKO in Round 3 of 8

Win vs Manuel Gonzalez Garcia 21-8-2

Sep 05, 2015 Centro de Espectáculos del Recinto Ferial, Metepec, México, Mexico

Rey Vargas WINS against Manuel Gonzalez Garcia by UD in Round 8 of 8

Win vs Eduardo Mancito 13-1-2

May 23, 2015 Centro de Espectáculos del Recinto Ferial, Metepec, México, Mexico

Rey Vargas WINS against Eduardo Mancito by UD in Round 10 of 10

Win vs Nestor Hugo Paniagua 25-7-2

Jan 24, 2015 Centro de Convenciones Azul, Ixtapa Zihuatanejo, Guerrero, Mexico

Rey Vargas WINS against Nestor Hugo Paniagua by TKO in Round 2 of 12

Win vs Silvester Lopez 22-8-2

Nov 01, 2014 Arena Coliseo, Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico

Rey Vargas WINS against Silvester Lopez by TKO in Round 8 of 10

Win vs Daniel Ferreras 13-8-2

Aug 23, 2014 Convention Center Surman Villa de las Flores, Coacalco, México, Mexico

Rey Vargas WINS against Daniel Ferreras by TKO in Round 2 of 10

Win vs Vergel Nebran 12-7-1

Jun 14, 2014 Explanada Municipal, Tlalnepantla, México, Mexico

Rey Vargas WINS against Vergel Nebran by TKO in Round 6 of 10

Win vs Silvester Lopez 21-6-2

Mar 15, 2014 Estadio de Beisbol, Los Cabos, Baja California Sur, Mexico

Rey Vargas WINS against Silvester Lopez by RTD in Round 7 of 10

Win vs Ernie Sanchez 14-4-0

Dec 21, 2013 Gimnasio Rodrigo M. Quevedo, Chihuahua, Chihuahua, Mexico

Rey Vargas WINS against Ernie Sanchez by UD in Round 10 of 10

Win vs Yuki Murai 21-17-5

Oct 26, 2013 Deportivo Agustín Ramos Millan, Toluca, México, Mexico

Rey Vargas WINS against Yuki Murai by UD in Round 10 of 10

Win vs Juanito Rubillar 50-22-7

Aug 24, 2013 StubHub Center, Carson, California, USA

Rey Vargas WINS against Juanito Rubillar by KO in Round 4 of 8

Win vs Cecilio Santos 27-23-6

Jun 08, 2013 Monumental Villa Charra Carlos Bowser Gonzalez, Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico

Rey Vargas WINS against Cecilio Santos by KO in Round 2 of 10

Win vs Seizo Kono 13-4-1

Apr 27, 2013 Arena Mexico, Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico

Rey Vargas WINS against Seizo Kono by TKO in Round 3 of 12

Win vs Marcos Cardenas 13-1-1

Dec 22, 2012 Auditorio del Bicentenario, Morelia, Michoacán de Ocampo, Mexico

Rey Vargas WINS against Marcos Cardenas by TKO in Round 5 of 8

Win vs Luis Carlos Lugo 13-1-2

Jun 02, 2012 Coliseo Olimpico de la UG, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico

Rey Vargas WINS against Luis Carlos Lugo by KO in Round 5 of 10

Win vs Gabriel Aguillon 7-3-0

Feb 25, 2012 Coliseo Olimpico de la UG, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico

Rey Vargas WINS against Gabriel Aguillon by KO in Round 1 of 10

Win vs Rene Vazquez 0-7-0

Jul 23, 2011 Coliseo Olimpico de la UG, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico

Rey Vargas WINS against Rene Vazquez by TKO in Round 2 of 6

Win vs Jorge Morales 0-1-0

Mar 25, 2011 Arena Jalisco, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico

Rey Vargas WINS against Jorge Morales by TKO in Round 2 of 6

Win vs Mario Garcia 0-3-0

Feb 26, 2011 Polyforum Zam Ná, Merida, Yucatán, Mexico

Rey Vargas WINS against Mario Garcia by TKO in Round 3 of 8

Win vs Jesus Santillan 3-7-0

Jan 22, 2011 Arena Neza, Ciudad Nezahualcoyotl, México, Mexico

Rey Vargas WINS against Jesus Santillan by TKO in Round 7 of 8

Win vs Jorge Otocani 3-5-0

Nov 06, 2010 Polyforum Zam Ná, Merida, Yucatán, Mexico

Rey Vargas WINS against Jorge Otocani by TKO in Round 1 of 6

Win vs Fabian Ruiz 0-0-0

Oct 02, 2010 Coliseo Olimpico de la UG, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico

Rey Vargas WINS against Fabian Ruiz by KO in Round 1 of 6

Win vs Jose Luis Medellin 2-0-0

Sep 04, 2010 Arena Solidaridad, Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico

Rey Vargas WINS against Jose Luis Medellin by TKO in Round 2 of 4

Win vs Juan Antonio Duque 0-1-0

Aug 21, 2010 Arena Jalisco, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico

Rey Vargas WINS against Juan Antonio Duque by TKO in Round 2 of 4

Win vs Hector Esnar Bobadilla 1-1-0

May 29, 2010 Arena Tecate , Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico

Rey Vargas WINS against Hector Esnar Bobadilla by UD in Round 4 of 4

Win vs Claudio Palacios 0-0-0

Apr 10, 2010 Palenque de la Feria, Victoria de Durango, Durango, Mexico

Rey Vargas WINS against Claudio Palacios by KO in Round 1 of 4

Stats

Rey Vargas

  • WINS 36
  • LOSSES 1
  • DRAWS 1
  • KOs 22

Weight 126 lbs (57.27 kg)

Height 5'" (1.72 m)

Reach 70½" (179 cm)

  • Born

    November 25, 1990
  • Age

    33
  • Country

    Mexico
  • Born in

    Mexico City, Distrito Federal
  • Trains in

    Otumba, México
  • Stance

  • Rounds Boxed

    246
  • KO Percentage

    61.11%
  • Boxing Hero

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Bio

Rey Vargas Bio

A seven-time amateur National Champion in Mexico, undefeated Rey Vargas captured the WBC super bantamweight title and now is on a mission to become a two-division world champion as he campaigns at super featherweight.

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FATHER KNOWS BEST

Rey Vargas experienced humble beginnings growing up in Mexico City but was coaxed into boxing by his first coach and father, Carlos, who instilled a solid fundamental foundation. 

“[It] was very difficult for me – no money, but my dad managed to take me to school,” said Vargas to RingTV.com. “I will always thank him. I always loved sports, but boxing is great.”

Vargas went 128-6 as an amateur, capturing seven national championships in Mexico as well as a gold medal in the 2009 Pan-American Championships. 

“My dad was a boxer, so I decided to continue,” said Vargas. “I was a national champion seven times and won the Pan-American gold medal.”

Vargas debuted as a pro in April 2010 with a first-round knockout of Claudio Palacios. He would go on to earn stoppages in 15 of his initial 16 victories. 

Vargas’ size and skills presented problems his opponents simply couldn’t handle. 

Listed at nearly 5-foot-11 and significantly tall for a 122-pounder, Vargas often controls distance and smothers foes as they get close. His versatility is comprised of ranginess, speed, and a penchant for fighting on either the inside or outside. 

Vargas sustains pace and rhythm, his piston jabs setting up an economy of combinations that incorporate hooks, overhand rights, crosses and uppercuts.

Vargas stepped up the opposition in 2016, beginning with a February third-round TKO of former title challenger Christian Esquivel. In June he shut out Alexis Bouremia Kabore over 12 and then returned in September to drop former champion Alexander Munoz four times on his way to a fifth-round TKO win.  

“I’m in love with my career,” said Vargas. “Now I can pay back my dad and my mom with the money I make. It’s very satisfying.”

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Reaching The Pinnacle

Vargas had legendary trainer, Ignacio Beristain, join his father in the corner in advance of his initial world title fight. Beristain has coached Oscar De La Hoya, Juan Manuel Marquez, Ricardo Lopez and Daniel Zaragoza, among other Mexican greats. 

“My father got me into the sport. He was a former boxer and he trained me in camp, but I've had a friendship with 'Don' Nacho for a long time,” said Vargas. “My father guided me throughout my entire amateur career, and I wanted 'Don' Nacho to train me as a professional. Now I have both of them.”

Their first bout together occurred on February 25, 2017, versus Gavin McDonnell in McDonnell’s native UK. On the line was the vacant WBC World Super Bantamweight title. 

If Vargas had any trepidations about fighting on enemy ground, it didn’t show. He simply had too much movement for the nearly 5-foot-10 McDonnell of England, who entered at 16-0-2 (4 KOs) but succumbed to a majority decision (117-111, 116-112, 114-114) .

Vargas followed up with a wide unanimous decision over Ronny Rios in his first title defense that August. Then in December, he won a near-shutout unanimous decision over then-undefeated brawler Oscar Negrete. 

Vargas fought just won in 2018, a 12-round unanimous decision over Azat Hovhannisyan in May. In February 2019, he took on hammer-fisted Franklin Manzanilla, who dropped Vargas in the second round with a head-swiveling left hook. But Vargas showed his warrior heart, climbing off the canvas to hurt Manzanilla several times and win another wide decision. 

In July 2019, Vargas repeated his amateur victory over Kameda (117-110 three times), dropping the Japanese fighter to 36-3 (20 KOs) and ending his five-bout winning streak. Vargas played matador to the bullish, 5-foot-7 ½ “El Mexicanito,” using his jab to steer his opponent into his own arsenal of weapons.

Rey Vargas

A NEW BEGINNING

Following his victory over Kameda, Vargas was sidelined by injuries. On November 6, 2021, he returned to the ring, making his featherweight debut against Leonardo Baez on the Canelo Alvarez-Caleb Plant SHOWTIME pay-per-view from T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. 

Vargas showed no signs of ring rust in his first fight in over two years, cruising to a unanimous decision over Báez (21-5, 12 KOs) in a Mexico vs. Mexico matchup in the second fight of the telecast. Two judges scored the fight a shutout, 100-90, while the third judge scored it 99-91.
 
Vargas used his significant height and reach advantage to dictate the pace of the entire matchup. Vargas’ vicious body attack – he landed 71 body shots in the ten-round fight – broke down the much smaller and overmatched Báez, whose awkward style led to several accidental head clashes throughout the bout.

“I was surprised he went the entire distance," said Vargas. "He’s a good fighter and I don’t take anything away from him. I’m looking forward to my next fight being for a world title.”

Winning And Losing A World Title

On July 10, 2022, Vargas became a two-division world champion as he rose from a knockdown and boxed and banged his way to the WBC Featherweight World Championship against Mark Magsayo by split-decision in a dramatic showdown at the Alamodome in San Antonio.

“I’m at a loss of words,” said an emotional Vargas post-fight. “I worked hard for this. I want to thank God, my family, my trainer Nacho Beristain. The first title I won, I enjoyed it greatly, but this one is special. This win is for me.”

The battle of unbeatens was a fast-paced affair throughout, with both men holding momentum at different moments but never giving in to their determined opponent. Despite his height and reach advantage, Vargas (36-0, 22 KOs) was prepared to go toe-to-toe with the hard-charging Magsayo (24-1, 16 KOs) and was able to use his superior activity to edge the decision on the judges’ cards with two scores of 115-112 against a 114-113 score for Magsayo.

However, Vargas' reign was short-lived. On February 11, 2023, he suffered a 12-round unanimous decision defeat to O'Shaquie Foster, losing his WBC 126-pound title in the same venue where he had won it. Scores read 116-112, 117-111 and 119-109.

“I respect the judges,” Vargas said in the ring. “I think this decision was not fair. I don’t agree with it, but I have to respect it. I thought it was much closer than they saw. The weight difference may have affected me tonight. In boxing, you can use your legs to be technical or use them to run. Foster used them to run. He ran all night."