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Mark Magsayo out to prove a point against Rey Vargas

Mark Magsayo and Rey Vargas

WBC featherweight champion Mark ‘Magnifico’ Magsayo 24-0 (16) is out to prove he is the best boxer in he 126-pound weight class when he takes on former WBC super bantamweight champion Rey Vargas 35-0 (22) at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas on Saturday night.

The 27-year-old Filipino will be making the first defence of the world title he won by majority decision against Gary Russell Jr 31-2 (18) in an upset in January.

“I hope Rey Vargas doesn’t run too much, so we can give a good fight to the people,” Magsayo said.

“I’m not worried about Vargas. I’ve already beat the best in the division, so my confidence is very high heading into this fight.

“This is very special for me. I watched Manny Pacquiao fight Marco Antonio Barrera in San Antonio at the Alamodome and that was the day that I decided to start training in the gym. I’m so thankful to have this fight – which is a dream come true – happen here in San Antonio.

“This is a very important fight for me. I already beat Russell, but I just want to keep proving myself. We’re both going to go in there very confident in ourselves and that’s going to make it a great fight.

“I’ve worked on a lot of different things with Freddie Roach to make sure that we’re ready for anything Vargas brings. If he wants to come toe-to-toe like he said, then I’m ready to end this fight with a knockout.

“I guarantee that this is going to be a big night for me. We’re ready to show who the best in the division is.

“He’s never fought a guy like me. You’re going to see that on Saturday night.”

Mexican Vargas, 31, insisted he wasn’t going to shy away from a firefight.

“If you want to exchange blows, I’m more than happy to do that. I see it as a compliment that he’s added a lot of people to his team. He’s taking me seriously, but I think it’s an advantage for me, because I feel like he’s worried,” Vargas said.

“We certainly have great trainers in each corner. Freddie is a great trainer and I’ve had the pleasure of sharing the ring against him before. In the end, it’s going to be just Mark and I inside the ring. We’re ready to put on a show.

“I know that someone like Freddie Roach will think they know what our strategy will be. I have an ace up my sleeve, and when that happens, I’m tearing his head off. His confidence may be in the clouds, but the fall is going to hurt.

“I showcased my fighting skill in November coming off a long layoff. There was no ring rust then and there will be no ring rust now.

“I was prepared to fight Gary Russell Jr, but now we’re giving Magsayo a chance. I’m fully capable and ready to go.

“Magsayo says that I haven’t faced anyone like him before, but in reality, he has actually never faced anyone like me.

“Magsayo may want to exchange blows so badly because that may be the only thing he knows how to do. He doesn’t know how to fight otherwise. We will dominate him and take the belt.

“The higher the confidence is of my opponent, the harder the fall is.”