Rey Vargas (33-0) will fight Tomoki “El Mexicanito” Kameda (36-2) in a mandatory defence of his WBC junior featherweight title at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson City, California on Saturday night. (July 13)
The 28-year-old Mexican Vargas will be making the fifth defence of the belt he won in February 2017 when he beat Gavin McDonnell to claim the vacant WBC title. He’s coming into this fight on the back of a convincing Unanimous Decision win over Franklin Manzanilla in February.
Rey Vargas has a 100% record since turning professional in 2010, including 22 KOs in his 33 wins to date. He endured a shoulder injury that required surgery last year and he was also out for 10 months with a bout of pneumonia.
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Japan’s Tomoki Kameda, 27, is a former bantamweight world title holder. He became Vargas’s mandatory opponent after he claimed the vacant interim belt by Unanimous Decision over Abigail Medina in November. Kameda has suffered just two losses in his 38 professional bouts and has 20 KOs to his name.
Kameda earned the nickname “El Mexicanito” after having moved to Mexico when he was 15 years-old and honed his boxing skills there. He now looks back with pride on that time in his life. He admits that he sees this fight as a chance to exact revenge on the only fighter who beat him in his amateur career.
Did you know, Rey Vargas defeated Tomoki Kameda on the great final of the Golden Gloves amateur tournament?— World Boxing Council (@WBCBoxing) July 9, 2019
After 10 years they will clash again, but this time for the WBC super bantamweight supremacy
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Rey Vargas vs Tomoki Kameda Betting Lines & Picks
It’s difficult to go against the unbeaten man with regards to our boxing predictions for this fight and the sharp combinations and long jabs of Vargas look capable of seeing off Kameda, even if the fight goes the full 12 rounds. Rey Vargas is therefore the betting pick to win this fight and retain his title.
At present there are no betting lines available with any major online bookmaker, but one would expect Vargas to be the favourite although, against a very capable opponent, the line shouldn’t be too prohibitive from a betting viewpoint.
Pick: Fight Result – Rey Vargas to Win (odds to follow)