Summer 2022
Potentially

in the United States

Potential contest @ Featherweight
31-2-0
35-0-0

The tape

33
Age
31
5' 5" / 164 cm
Height
5' 8" / 172 cm
64.2" / 163 cm
Reach
70.5" / 179 cm
Southpaw (L)
Stance
Orthodox (R)

Full record

MD 12UD 12TKO 5UD 12TKO 7
Form
UD 10UD 12UD 12UD 12UD 12
31
Wins
35
18
By KO
22
58
KO%
63
2
Losses
0
0
Stopped
0
0
Draws
0
2009
Debut
2010
172
Pro rounds
210

Current rankings @ Featherweight

6
The Ring
-
-
WBA
-
2
WBC
1
-
WBO
6
-
IBF
-

Gary Russell Jr vs Rey Vargas preview

When is Russell Jr vs Vargas?

Gary Russell Jr could square off against Rey Vargas in Summer 2022 in the United States.

The fight would take place over 12 rounds in the Featherweight division, which means the weight limit would be 126 pounds (9 stone or 57.1 KG).

Russell Jr vs Vargas stats

Gary Russell Jr would step into the ring with a record of 31 wins, 2 loses and 0 draws, 18 of those wins coming by the way of knock out.

Rey Vargas would make his way to the ring with an unblemished record of 35 wins and 0 draws, with 22 of those by knock out.

The stats suggest Vargas would have a slight advantage in power over Russell Jr, with a 63% knock out percentage over Russell Jr's 58%.

Gary Russell Jr is the older man by 2 years, at 33 years old.

Vargas has a height advantage of 3 inches over Russell Jr. This also extends to a 6-inch reach advantage.

Gary Russell Jr fights out of the southpaw stance, while Rey Vargas is an orthodox fighter.

Russell Jr is currently arguably the less experienced fighter, having had 2 less fights, and made his debut in 2009, 1 year and 2 months earlier than Vargas, whose first professional fight was in 2010. He has fought 38 less professional rounds, 172 to Vargas' 210.

Gary Russell Jr goes into the fight ranked number 2 by the WBC and 6 by the RING at featherweight.

Rey Vargas is currently ranked number 1 by the WBC and 6 by the WBO in the 126lb division.

Russell Jr vs Vargas form

Russell Jr has beaten 4 of his last 5 opponents, stopping 2 of them, going the distance twice.

In his last fight, he lost to Mark Magsayo on 22nd January 2022 by majority decision in their WBC World Featherweight championship fight at Borgata Hotel Casino, New Jersey, United States.

Previous to that, he had won against Tugstsogt Nyambayar on 8th February 2020 by unanimous decision in their WBC World Featherweight championship fight at Allentown, Pennsylvania.

Going into that contest, he had beat Kiko Martinez on 18th May 2019 by technical knockout in the 5th round in their WBC World Featherweight championship fight at Barclays Center, New York.

Before that, he had defeated Joseph ‘Jo Jo’ Diaz on 19th May 2018 by unanimous decision in their WBC World Featherweight championship fight at MGM National Harbor, Oxon Hill, Maryland.

He had won against Oscar Escandon on 20th May 2017 by technical knockout in the 7th round in their WBC World Featherweight championship fight at MGM National Harbor, Oxon Hill.

Vargas remains undefeated as a professional.

In his last fight, he defeated Leonardo Baez on 6th November 2021 by unanimous decision in their 10 round contest at MGM Grand, Grand Garden Arena, Nevada, United States.

Previous to that, he had defeated Tomoki Kameda on 13th July 2019 by unanimous decision in their WBC World Super Bantamweight championship fight at Dignity Health Sports Park, California.

Going into that contest, he had beat Franklin Manzanilla on 9th February 2019 by unanimous decision in their WBC World Super Bantamweight championship fight at Fantasy Springs Casino, California.

Before that, he had won against Azat Hovhannisyan on 12th May 2018 by unanimous decision in their WBC World Super Bantamweight championship fight at Turning Stone Resort & Casino, New York.

Hehad beat Oscar Negrete on 2nd December 2017 by unanimous decision in their WBC World Super Bantamweight championship fight at Madison Square Garden, New York.

Activity check

In terms of recent activity, Rey Vargas has been fighting more than Gary Russell Jr.

Gary Russell Jr last fought 4 months and 2 days ago, while Rey Vargas' last outing was 6 months and 18 days ago.

Russell Jr's last 5 fights have come over a period of 5 years and 4 days, meaning he has been fighting on average every 1 year and 1 day. In those fights, he fought a total of 48 rounds, meaning that they have lasted 9.6 rounds on average.

Vargas' last 5 fights have come over a period of 4 years, 5 months and 22 days, meaning he has been fighting on average every 10 months and 22 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 58 rounds, meaning that they have lasted 11.6 rounds on average.

What were the odds on Russell Jr vs Vargas?

Rey Vargas is currently (+100) to win the bout outright, while you can get (+100) on Gary Russell Jr if you fancy the incredible upset.

Gary Russell Jr vs Rey Vargas news

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