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Who won Vargas vs Hovhannisyan?
Rey Vargas beat Azat Hovhannisyan by unanimous decision in their 12 round contest on Saturday 12th May 2018 at Turning Stone Resort & Casino in New York.
The scorecards were announced as 116-112, 117-111, 118-110 in favor of winner Rey Vargas.
The fight was scheduled to take place over 12 rounds in the Super Bantamweight division, which meant the weight limit was 122 pounds (8.7 stone or 55.3 KG).
This contest was for the WBC super bantamweight championship of the world.
This fight appeared on the undercard of Sadam Ali's and Jaime Munguia's clash for the WBO World Junior Middleweight championship.
Vargas vs Hovhannisyan stats
Rey Vargas stepped into the ring with an undefeated record of 31 wins, zero loses and 0 draws, 22 of those wins coming by the way of knock out.
Azat Hovhannisyan made his way to the ring with a record of 14 wins, 2 loses and 0 draws, with 11 of those wins by knock out.
The stats suggested Hovhannisyan had a slight advantage in power over Vargas, with a 79% knock out percentage over Vargas' 71%.
Rey Vargas was the younger man by 2 years, at 31 years old.
Vargas had a height advantage of 2 inches over Hovhannisyan. That also extended to a 5-inch reach advantage.
Both Rey Vargas & Azat Hovhannisyan fought out of an orthodox stance.
Vargas was the more experienced professional fighter, having had 15 more fights, and made his debut in 2010, 1 year earlier than Hovhannisyan, whose first professional fight was in 2011. He had fought 91 more professional rounds, 210 to Hovhannisyan's 119.
Azat Hovhannisyan was ranked number 9 by the WBC in the 122lb division.
Vargas vs Hovhannisyan form
Vargas remained undefeated as a professional, stopping 1 of his last 5 opponents.
In his last fight leading up to this contest, he had beat Ronny Rios on 26th August 2017 by unanimous decision in their WBC World Super Bantamweight championship fight at StubHub Center, Carson, United States.
Previous to that, he had beat Gavin McDonnell on 25th February 2017 by majority decision in their WBC World Super Bantamweight championship fight at Ice Arena, Hull, United Kingdom.
Going into that contest, he had won against Alexis Boureima Kabore on 11th June 2016 by unanimous decision in their 12 round contest at Arena Coliseo, Mexico City, Mexico.
Before that, he had beat Christian Esquivel on 27th February 2016 by technical knockout in the 3rd round at Honda Center, Anaheim, United States.
He had defeated Lucian Gonzalez on 5th September 2015 by unanimous decision in their 8 round contest at Centro de Espectáculos del Recinto Ferial, Metepec, Mexico.
Vargas' last 5 fights had come over a period of 6 years, 8 months and 19 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 1 year, 4 months and 5 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 47 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 9.4 rounds on average.
What time did Vargas vs Hovhannisyan start?
The fighters were expected to ringwalk at around 10:00 PM EST / 7:00 PM PST at Turning Stone Resort & Casino, New York, United States, which was around 3:00 AM BST in the UK.
Who broadcast Vargas vs Hovhannisyan?
Vargas vs Hovhannisyan was broadcast on HBO in the US.
What were the odds on Vargas vs Hovhannisyan?
Rey Vargas was a 11/100 (-909) favourite going into the contest, while Azat Hovhannisyan made his way into the ring at 5/1 (+500) with oddsmakers.