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When is Russell Jr vs Vargas?
Gary Russell Jr could square off against Rey Vargas in Autumn/Fall 2023 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 36 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 61% knock out percentage over Russell Jr's 58%.
Gary Russell Jr is the older man by 2 years, at 34 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 3 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 50 less professional rounds, 172 to Vargas' 222.
Gary Russell Jr goes into the fight ranked number 4 by the WBC and 9 by the RING at featherweight.
Rey Vargas is currently ranked number 2 by the RING 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 Mark Magsayo on 9th July 2022 by split decision in their WBC World Featherweight championship fight at Alamodome, San Antonio, United States.
Previous to that, he had defeated Leonardo Baez on 6th November 2021 by unanimous decision in their 10 round contest at MGM Grand, Grand Garden Arena, Nevada.
Going into that contest, he had beat Tomoki Kameda on 13th July 2019 by unanimous decision in their WBC World Super Bantamweight championship fight at Dignity Health Sports Park, California.
Before that, he had won against Franklin Manzanilla on 9th February 2019 by unanimous decision in their WBC World Super Bantamweight championship fight at Fantasy Springs Casino, California.
He had beat Azat Hovhannisyan on 12th May 2018 by unanimous decision in their WBC World Super Bantamweight championship fight at Turning Stone Resort & Casino, New York.
In terms of recent activity, Rey Vargas has been fighting more than Gary Russell Jr.
Gary Russell Jr last fought 10 months and 14 days ago, while Rey Vargas' last outing was 4 months and 27 days ago.
Russell Jr's last 5 fights have come over a period of 5 years, 6 months and 16 days, meaning he has been fighting on average every 1 year, 1 month and 9 days. 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, 6 months and 24 days, meaning he has been fighting on average every 10 months and 29 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 58 rounds, meaning that they have lasted 11.6 rounds on average.
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