Rey Vargas Considers Returning at Featherweight
WBC featherweight champion Rey Vargas’s (36-1, 22KO) plans on moving up in weight may change after failing to capture the vacant WBC junior lightweight title. He will more than likely return to his division, where some lucrative fights await
Vargas’s hopes of becoming a three-divisional champion went up in flames as O’Shaquie “Ice Water” Foster (20-2, 11KO) outboxed the Mexican champion in a major upset. The boxing community was stunned as Vargas came in as the heavy favorite, but Foster’s speed, defense, and footwork won him the vacant title.
VARGAS MAY GO BACK TO FEATHERWEIGHT
The boxing community believed that Vargas would vacate the WBC’s featherweight title, provided he snagged the vacant belt title at 130. This would have meant that former champions Brandon Figueroa and Mark Magsayo’s title eliminator would have been a title fight.
Well, during the post-fight interview, Vargas suggested a return to featherweight could be imminent.
“This is another step in my life. You know, we might just go back to 126.” (translated from spanish)
OPTIONS AT FEATHERWEIGHT
Vargas has several lucrative options at featherweight. He could look to unify with newly crowned IBF champion Luis Lopez, who took the title away from Josh Warrington in December 2022. He could also look to unify with the winners between the upcoming title fights of WBA champion Leigh Wood versus Mauricio Lara, and the WBO’s vacant title bout featuring Isaac Dogboe versus Robeisy Ramirez.
As previously mentioned, the winner of Figueroa – Magsayo will be on the table. Finally, Vargas could revisit a fight with four-divisional champion Leo Santa Cruz. That was a fight he wanted back when Santa Cruz was the WBA champion. That bout would still generate a lot of buzz with boxing fans.
Team Vargas has much to think about as to what is the best course of action in the upcoming weeks. 3kingsboxing.com will be on standby, ready to deliver any information once a decision is announced.