By Gabriel F. Cordero
“Rey Vargas is a young fighter who has everything to be a world champion,” says Hall of Fame trainer Nacho Beristain. “Skills, physical condition, youth, amateur international experience, height, punch, speed and above all desire to be world champion. One of my hopes is for him to become a world champion and that’s why he’s here to make his U.S. debut to become known and gradually make himself into a strong candidate to fight for a world title.”
Vargas, an unbeaten 22-year-old super bantamweight with a record of 15-0 with 14 KOs, will see action this Saturday on the big Mares-Gonzalez and Terrazas-Santa Cruz world title twinbill at the StubHub Center in Carson, California.
Vargas was born on November 25, 1990 in Mexico City, but his parents went to live in Otumba, State of Mexico, where he resides. His father Carlos Vargas was a former professional fighter who groomed Rey in boxing from the tender age of ten. It’s said that Rey had his first amateur fight in his living room. In Vargas’ youth he divided his time between boxing, school and work. He was a member of the Mexico Amateur National team where he trained for years in the CDOM (Mexican Olympic Sports Center).
In 2007 he participated in internal qualifiers to find a place on the team competing in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, but knew he couldn’t compete because he hadn’t reached the required minimum age. He later collected several National and Pan American championships before debuting as a pro on April 10 and has been decimating all opponents since.