Mark Magsayo Says He’s Confident, While Rey Vargas Believes He Is Secretly Worried

The unbeaten Mark Magsayo (24-0, 16 KOs) of Pasig, Philippines will defend his WBC featherweight title against the also unbeaten former super bantamweight champion Rey Vargas (35-0, 22 KOs) of Mexico City, Mexico. The event will take place at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas on Saturday, July 9. It will air live on Showtime in the United States and FITE in other countries.

Magsayo has stated he believes that Vargas will be in full retreat mode on Saturday.

“I hope Rey Vargas doesn’t run too much, so we can give a good fight to the people. I’m not worried about Vargas. I’ve already beat the best in the division, so my confidence is very high heading into this fight.”

Magsayo also feels that he is a different kind of fighter compared to the others Vargas has fought.

“I guarantee that this is going to be a big night for me. We’re ready to show who the best in the division is,” he said. “He’s never fought a guy like me. You’re going to see that on Saturday night.”

Meanwhile, Vargas has made it clear that Magsayo’s confidence has not affected him, stating that he felt “excited and happy” when he stared down Magsayo at Thursday’s press conference.

He has also stated that he is not worried about the inactivity in his career. He has only fought once in three years due to a number of issues, including suffering a broken leg while running.

“If you want to exchange blows, I’m more than happy to do that. I see it as a compliment that he’s added a lot of people to his team. He’s taking me seriously, but I think it’s an advantage for me, because I feel like he’s worried,” said Vargas.

“Magsayo says that I haven’t faced anyone like him before, but in reality, he has actually never faced anyone like me. Magsayo may want to exchange blows so badly because that may be the only thing he knows how to do. He doesn’t know how to fight otherwise. We will dominate him and take the belt.

“The higher the confidence is of my opponent, the harder the fall is.”

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