WBC Featherweight World Champion Mark “Magnifico” Magsayo will tackle former world champion Rey Vargas in a battle of unbeatens that headlines motion reside on SHOWTIME Saturday, July 9 from the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas in an occasion introduced by Premier Boxing Champions.
The SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® telecast begins at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT and can characteristic hard-hitting former world champion Brandon “The Heartbreaker” Figueroa taking up Carlos Castro in a WBC Featherweight Title Eliminator within the co-main occasion, plus the Derrick James-trained, unbeaten light-weight contender Frank Martin battles Panama’s power-punching Ricardo Núñez within the 10-round telecast opener.
“Saturday, July 9 will likely be topped by a showdown between champions because the Philippines’ Mark Magsayo makes his first title protection towards the unbeaten Mexican, Rey Vargas, who will likely be seeking to grow to be a two-division champion at Alamodome on July 9 in San Antonio,” mentioned Tom Brown, President of TGB Promotions.
“This card can even see the return of one of many sport’s most enjoyable younger stars, as all-action Brandon Figueroa steps again into the ring seeking to make his mark within the featherweight division, starting with a world title eliminator towards the at all times robust Carlos Castro. Kicking off the motion would be the highly-skilled rising light-weight contender, Frank Martin, in a tricky take a look at towards the hard-hitting Ricardo Núñez.”
Further protection will embrace a pair of bouts streamed reside on the SHOWTIME SPORTS YouTube channel starting at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT. The motion will see unbeaten welterweight contender Rashidi Ellis going through Argentine Olympian Alberto Palmetta in a 10-round duel, plus San Antonio’s personal Ramon Cardenas battling Venezuela’s Michell Banquez in a 10-round bantamweight attraction.
Tickets for the reside occasion, which is promoted by TGB Promotions, are on sale now and can be found by Ticketmaster.com. The Martin vs. Núñez bout is promoted in affiliation with Man Down Promotions.
The Filipino sensation Magsayo (24-0, 16 KOs) fights out of Pasig Metropolis, Metro Manila by the use of Los Angeles, Calif., and have become the newest champion from the boxing-rich nation in January when he outpointed longtime champion Gary Russell Jr. to seize the 126-pound title on SHOWTIME.
The 26-year-old earned the chance by knocking out former champion Julio Ceja within the tenth spherical of a struggle he trailed on the scorecards in August 2021. Magsayo is skilled by Freddie Roach in Southern California and owns 12-round determination victories over Shoto Hayashi and Ramiro Robles, along with a sixth-round stoppage of former title challenger Chris Avalos.
“I’m very grateful to my workforce for giving me the chance to defend my title in San Antonio,” mentioned Magsayo. “I’m excited to be preventing in the identical venue the place my idol Manny Pacquiao fought Marco Antonio Barrera. That was the primary struggle I ever noticed and the explanation I began boxing. We’re getting ready for a powerful Mexican fighter in Rey Vargas. Everybody is aware of what the Philippines vs. Mexico boxing rivalry brings to the ring and I’m excited to show my abilities for the boxing followers in Texas and watching world wide.”
The previous WBC 122-pound world champion, Vargas (35-0, 22 KOs), returned from a layoff resulting from harm to attain a close to shutout determination victory over Leonardo Baez in his featherweight debut in November 2021 on the undercard of Canelo vs. Plant. The 31-year-old went on the street to the U.Okay. to seize his title in 2017, profitable a choice over beforehand unbeaten Gavin McDonnell.
A local of Mexico Metropolis, Vargas made 5 profitable defenses of his title, defeating prime contenders Oscar Negrete, Ronny Rios and Azat Hovhannisyan. His fifth profitable title protection got here through unanimous determination over former world champion Tomoki Kameda in July 2019.
“This struggle on July 9 will likely be an ideal battle towards the Filipino warrior Mark Magsayo,” mentioned Vargas, who trains underneath the tutelage of Corridor of Fame coach Ignacio “Nacho” Beristáin. “That is going to be thrilling fight from begin to end. We all know that he has nice energy, however we’ll be able to counter that, and anything he brings to the ring. That is going to be a powerful struggle and I can’t wait to step in there and compete.”
The 25-year-old Figueroa (22-1-1, 17 KOs) will debut at 126 kilos after dropping a 2021 Battle of the 12 months contender towards Stephen Fulton Jr. in November on SHOWTIME, by which the 2 champions traded blows for 12 grueling rounds, ultimately resulting in what some observers thought was a controversial majority determination loss.
Figueroa used his youth and relentless strain to grow to be the primary individual to defeat Luis Nery of their championship conflict on SHOWTIME previous to the Fulton struggle. A local of Weslaco, Texas, who has beforehand fought in San Antonio six occasions, Figueroa added to his household’s legacy by capturing the world title, becoming a member of his brother Omar Figueroa, who beforehand held the light-weight world championship.
“I’ve been ready to get again within the ring to do what I like,” mentioned Figueroa. “Carlos Castro is a good fighter and we each need to show why we belong on the prime of the 126-pound division. I can’t wait to struggle in San Antonio in entrance of my followers, it’s actually one in every of my favourite locations to compete and I’m planning on giving everybody who comes out an ideal present like at all times.”
Castro (27-1, 12 KOs) was born in Sonora, Mexico and got here to the U.S. as a toddler. Now dwelling in Phoenix, Ariz., Castro most just lately dropped a slim split-decision towards two-division champion Luis Nery in February, with one level on the playing cards in the end holding Castro again from retaining his unbeaten file intact. The 28-year-old made his identify as a 122-pound contender, however has additionally competed at featherweight, together with a tenth spherical TKO victory over veteran contender Oscar Escandon in August 2021.
“I’m thrilled to be again within the ring,” mentioned Castro. “I’ve some actual enterprise to deal with towards Figueroa on July 9. There’s no higher struggle for me to indicate that I’m again. I’m prepared to indicate that I’m able to being within the combine on the prime of the division and to earn a shot on the title.”
The 27-year-old Martin (15-0, 11 KOs) rose up the light-weight rankings in 2021 with a pair of spectacular victories earlier than most just lately delivering a New 12 months’s Day KO over Romero Duno. In 2021, Martin knocked out the beforehand unbeaten Jerry Perez in a dominating efficiency in April, earlier than incomes a unanimous determination over Ryan Kielczweski in August. Initially from Indianapolis, Ind., Martin now trains within the Dallas-area underneath the steerage of prime coach James alongside unified welterweight champion Errol Spence Jr.
“I’ve been coaching onerous in Dallas and I’m simply excited and able to go,” mentioned Martin. “Núñez is a boxer-puncher, so I anticipate him to combine it up with some quick combos and to try to throw my motion off, however I’ll be prepared for all of that. Battle followers are going to get pleasure from an motion struggle with this one. We’ve acquired the pace, energy and athleticism to placed on an thrilling present on July 9.”
Representing La Chorrera, Panama, Núñez (23-3, 21 KOs) enters this struggle with knockout victories in his final two fights, together with most just lately stopping Richard Solano within the first spherical in October 2021. The 28-year-old moved again as much as light-weight for these two victories after difficult three-division champion Gervonta Davis in July 2019 for a 130-pound title. Núñez has fought professionally since 2010 and has a brother additionally named Ricardo who’s a veteran professional fighter within the featherweight division.
“I’m very completely satisfied to be again in an enormous struggle on July 9,” mentioned Núñez. “You’re going to see an entire new fighter towards Martin. I’m coming to struggle and impose my model on my opponent. Martin is an effective boxer who’s made it to a excessive stage, however he nonetheless has to indicate what he’s manufactured from. I’m going to present 100% to cease his rise and be the primary individual to beat him.”
The 29-year-old Ellis (23-0, 14 KOs) returns to the ring for the primary time since October 2020, having earned a unanimous determination over the beforehand unbeaten Alexis Rocha in his final outing. Initially from Lynn, Mass., Ellis additionally owns a pair of victories over veteran contender Eddie Gomez, together with a first-round knockout over Gomez in December 2016, earlier than profitable by unanimous determination of their 2019 rematch.
He takes on the Buenos Aires, Argentina native Palmetta (17-1, 12 KOs), who represented his residence nation on the 2016 Olympics earlier than turning professional in November 2016. The 32-year-old has received his final 11 fights, with 10 coming by stoppage, together with most just lately defeating Yeis Solano in October 2021.
“I’m excited to be again within the ring on July 9,” mentioned Ellis. “I wish to thank my complete workforce, and I can’t wait to ship fireworks for everybody watching this struggle. I’m seeking to steal the present and I’m coaching onerous to verify I do exactly that. You positively wish to tune in and see what I’m going to do on this one.”
“This struggle may be very particular as a result of it’s the similar day as Argentinian Independence Day,” mentioned Palmetta. “4 years in the past, I made the choice to depart my residence and journey to the US to additional my boxing profession. I wish to face the most important opponents, so I can earn the chance to grow to be a world champion.
This struggle towards Ellis is the massive step I’ve been in search of. On July 9, prepare, as a result of I’m coming with starvation, onerous work, and dedication. It hasn’t been simple for me; I’ve fought by the ache and wrestle, and due to it, I stay humble and extra motivated than ever.”
San Antonio’s Cardenas (20-1, 10 KOs) will look to run his present profitable streak to 9 when he competes in entrance of his hometown crowd on July 9. The 26-year-old added a pair of victories to his resume in 2021, having most just lately stopped Marvin Solano in three rounds final August.
He will likely be opposed by the 31-year-old Banquez (20-1, 14 KOs), who’s initially from Venezuela and now fights out of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.. Banquez had a profitable U.S. debut in January, as he stopped the beforehand unbeaten Joahnys Argilagos in six rounds, constructing off of a 12-round determination over the beforehand unbeaten Prince Patel in July 2019.