Rey Vargas vs Gavin McDonnell Preview February 25th
The vacant WBC Super Bantamweight Title is up for grabs at the Ice Arena in Hull, England this Saturday, February 25th where undefeated Rey Vargas of Mexico will take on unbeaten Gavin McDonnell of England. Fans in the UK can catch the action live on Sky Sports 2 while fans around the world can see it online on www.klowdtv.com. Vargas last fought in September when he beat Alexander Munoz by a fifth-round TKO. McDonnell’s last outing was also in September when he beat Robin Zamora by an eight-round decision.
Vargas vs McDonnell Betting Odds
Here are the winner odds from online sportsbook 5dimes.eu
- Gavin McDonnell +170
- Rey Vargas -200
The 26-year-old Vargas of Mexico City will climb into the ring with a perfect record of 28-0 along with 22 Kos and will be fighting for a world title for the first time. Vargas has beaten former two-time world titleholder Alexander Munoz as well as former world title challengers Juanito Rubillar and Cecilio Santos, so he has good big-fight experience. He also owns wins over Luis Lugo, Marcos Cardenas, Eduardo Mancito and Alexis Kabore.
Vargas stands just over 5-feet-7-inches tall and has a reach of 70.5 inches. He’s fought 128 rounds since turning pro in 2010 and has quite a bit of power with a current knockout ratio of 79 per cent. According to Vargas he may depend on that power since he doesn’t really want to risk the fight going to the scorecards in McDonnell’s homeland. That’s probably the best route to take for the Mexican and it could spell trouble for McDonnell.
The 30-year-old McDonnell hails from Doncaster and his twin brother Jamie McDonnell is the WBA World Bantamweight Champion. He has a near-perfect record of 16-0-2 along with just four Kos. His biggest wins have been against Scott Gladwin, Leigh Wood, Oleksandr Yegorov, Jorge Sanchez, Vusi Malinga, Dean Anderson, Paul Econmides and Jeremy Parodi. His two draws came against Josh Wale and Ryan McNicol.
McDonnell turned pro back in 2010 and has 138 rounds under his belt since then. His reach is currently unlisted, but he has the edge in height as he’s just about 5-feet-10-inches tall. He doesn’t possess much in the way of power though as his current knockout ratio is just 22 per cent. This lack of heavy fists could be a key factor in the fight as McDonnell may have a hard time keeping Vargas off of him. This means he’ll need to box the fight of his life to beat his foe or catch him right on the button with a perfect shot.
McDonnell is a good boxer, but isn’t really world class championship material as of yet. Of course, that could all change with a win on Saturday. McDonnell’s lack of top-notch competition may hurt him in this bout. Vargas has the edge in experience and power and that could negate the hometown advantage that McDonnell has. All things point to a stoppage victory by Vargas here, but McDonnell could give him a good go. Still, I’d be a bit surprised if Vargas doesn’t win this fight.
A good matchup with Vargas rightly being favoured.
Play: Vargas -200 @ 5dimes.eu
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