Rey Vargas Beats Kameda

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Rey Vargas Retains WBC Super Bantam Title and Rios KOs De La Hoya



By Tarrah Zael


CARSON, Calif.-In front of a crowd of boxing friends and family at the Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, CA, a 12-round battle had Rey Vargas (34-0, 22 KO) of Mexico put his WBC super-bantamweight title on the line against Japans Tomoki Kameda (36-3, 20 KO).  


Both brawlers came back into the ring on Saturday with wins over their last opponents. This time, Vargas retained his title for the fifth time in his career while Kameda, a former WBO champion tried his best to obtain it.


Vargas easily outpointed his counter Kameda throughout the rounds. In an attempt to get aggressive in the last rounds, Kameda didn’t help himself when he lost a point in the 12th round after punching on the break.


All of the judges scored the bout 117-110 for Vargas. Although Kameda had some notable punching shots upon Vargas, it wasn’t enough in the judges eyes who saw Vargas used his height and arm reach to the advantage winning the bout. Regarding his performance after the win, the idea was to throw a lot of punches and to have a very intelligent fight,” says Vargas.


Rios beats De La Hoya


A good exchange from both brawlers started the DAZN co-main event but it didn’t end well for Golden Boy’s hopeful prospect, Diego De La Hoya (21-1, 10 KO). Ronny Rios (31-3, 15 KO) of Santa Ana, CA landed multiple body shots and uppercuts on De La Hoya; a straight jab and right uppercut landed clean from Rios sending his opponent to the canvas.


Only 1:17 into the sixth round of a scheduled 12 round Bantamweight title bout, De la Hoya told the referee he could no longer continue in the battle.


“I told him I didn’t feel good. I don’t know what it was. You have to accept the losses just like you accept the wins,” said De la Hoya.


After his win Rios exclaims, “I feel great. It is an unbelievable feeling. Honestly, it was a shock. I didn’t know he was going down. He is a warrior and he’s never been down.”


Other bouts


In the DAZN opener of the night, Roger Gutierrez of Venezuela (22-3-1, 19 KO) landed a clean left uppercut to the chin of Eduardo “Rocky” Hernandez (28-1, 25 KO) of Mexico. A right hand followed by the uppercut knocked out Hernandez in a surprising upset only 2:39 into round one. This shocking knockout gave Hernandez the first loss in his career and the ending Gutierrez had hoped for, “I came here to knock hid head off and that’s what you saw,” says Gutierrez.


In a battle for the vacant WBO Global and WBA continental America featherweight title, Joet Gonzalez (23-0, 14 KO) of Glendora, CA stopped Manuel Avila (23-2-1, 8 KO) of Fairfield, CA in the sixth round of a scheduled 10-round featherweight battle. Strong combinations came from Avila but Gonzalez dominated the fight, “I could tell that by the second or third round, he was gassed. He wouldn’t be able to box long, I got him in the sixth,” says Gonzalez after his TKO stoppage at 2:27 into the sixth round.




A first-round knockout started the undercard show on a hot summer day in California. Super middleweight Jonathan Esquivel (11-0, 10 KO) knocked out Gregory Clark (4-4, 1, 1 KO) with a body shot in a scheduled 6-round bout.


Jousce “Tito” Gonzalez (9-0-1, 9 KO) of Glendora, California stopped his opponent only 2:15 into round two against Jorge Padron (3-4, 3 KO) of Sonora, Mexico. The lightweight battle was scheduled for four rounds, but too many strong hooks and body shots from Gonzalez seemed to be too much for Padrow.


In his first fight with new trainer Joel Diaz, Ruslan Madiyev (13-1, 5 KO) won the unanimous decision over Ricky Sismundo (35-14-3) with the judges scores of 79-73, 78-74, 78-74. An exchange of punches from both fighters showed their power but Madiyev came out on top of the two in the super lightweight battle.


 In a battle for the WBC continental Americas welterweight title, Alexis Rocha (14-0, 9 KO) defeated Berlin Abreu (14-3, 11 KO) of Puerto Rico. Southpaw Rocha landed too many hard body shots against his opponent, referee Jack Reiss stopped the fight only 4 seconds left into the final round of a 10-round welterweight battle.