Gary Russell Jr. & Rey Vargas Reach Agreement For WBC Title Fight

WBC Featherweight Champion Gary Russell Jr. and mandatory challenger Rey Vargas will indeed be throwing leather sometime in 2021.

Russell has been the WBC Featherweight Champion since 2015. He has had five successful title defenses. He’ll be putting the gold on the line for the sixth time against Vargas.

The WBC put out a statement confirming that Russell and Vargas have reached an agreement to make the title fight a reality.

“The featherweight champion of the World Boxing Council Gary Russell Jr. (31-1-0, 18 KO), will defend his crown against the mandatory challenger of the division, the Mexican Rey Vargas (34-0, 22 KO).
Gary comes from defeating Mongolia’s Tugstsogt Nyambayar in February last year, in a very good fight. For his part, Rey Vargas, former WBC super bantamweight champion, was named champion in recess due to a leg injury. Fully recovered, he was ratified as the mandatory challenger for the featherweight division.
Promoter Tom Brown, leader of TGB Promotions, will announce the date and place for this attractive bout shortly.”

Russell last fought back in February 2020. He emerged victorious against Tugstsogt Nyambayar via unanimous decision. As for Vargas, he’s missed action since July 2019. The last time he competed, he was the WBC Super-Bantamweight Champion. Vargas scored a unanimous decision win over Tomoki Kameda to retain the title but he relinquished the gold in favor of a move up to featherweight.

FIGHT SPORTS will keep you updated on the latest information regarding Gary Russell Jr. vs. Rey Vargas once more details emerge. That includes a date, venue, location, broadcast plans, undercard, and more.

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