Vargas vs. Kameda Set For Super Bantamweight Title
Super Bantamweight Champion Vargas v. Kameda set for July
In his quest to prove he is the top super bantamweight in the world, Rey Vargas will take on all challengers. The 28-year-old is set to defend his WBC belt against Tomoki Kameda. The fight, featured on DAZN, will take place on July 13 inside Dignity Health Sports Park in California.
Vargas (33-0) won the vacant WBC Super Bantamweight Title against Gavin McDonnell in 2017. He has defended the title four times. The last time he fought was in February, beating Franklin Manzanilla via unanimous decision. This will be his first time main eventing a bout.
“This is going to be a hard and complicated fight,” Vargas stated in a press release. “Kameda is a difficult opponent who has been a world champion. Above all, however, he has a thorn in his side that he’ll want to take out because I beat him in the amateurs several years ago. This is an interesting fight. He is a quick fighter and he’ll look to take advantage of that, but thanks to God and my corner we are already working to counteract the strategy of this Japanese fighter. God willing, we will walk away with our hand in victory.”
This bout is for Vargas to prove he is the true Super Bantamweight Champion. Kameda (36-2) won the interim belt back in November against Abigail Medina via unanimous decision. After losing two in a row to Jamie McDonnell for the WBA Bantamweight Title, Kameda won five in a row. A former WBO Bantamweight Champion, Kameda is looking to add more gold to his mantle.
“This is going to be a great battle,” Kameda stated. “I know Rey Vargas very well. We fought in the amateurs during my time in Mexico. I look forward to getting my revenge against him and becoming a two-division world champion. I know Vargas is a tall fighter with long arms, but the Mexican style that I possess will give him a lot of trouble and make for a great fight for the fans!”
The co-main event will feature Diego De La Hoya v. Ronny Rios for the vacant WBA Gold Super Bantamweight Title. De La Hoya (21-) is the cousin of Golden Boy’s Oscar De La Hoya. The current NABF and NABO Super Bantamweight Champion faces Ronny Rios (30-3), a former WBC Silver Featherweight Champion.
Other official bouts on the card include Joet Gonzalez v. Manuel Avila for the vacant WBO Global Featherweight Title and Alexis Rocha defending his WBC Continental Americas Welterweight Title against Berlin Abreu.