On Saturday, WBC featherweight champion Mark Magsayo defends his belt for the first time as he takes on former WBC super bantamweight champion Rey Vargas at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas.
As always, there are plenty of bets to be made with a big boxing card. Let’s take a look at some of them.
Mark Magsayo vs. Rey Vargas odds
Marc Magsayo: +100
Rey Vargas: -115
(All odds via BetMGM)
BetMGM (as of Thursday 7th July) have installed Vargas as a very slight favorite – coming in at -115 meaning you need to bet $115 to win $100. On the other hand, Magsayo is a live underdog at +100, which means if you win $100, you’ll win $100 if the Filipino native can pull off his first title defense.
Magsayo (24-0, 16 KOs) surprised the boxing world in January when he upset longtime titleholder Gary Russell Jr. Now Magsayo is looking to prove the fight against Russell wasn’t a chance.
Vargas (35-0, 22 KOs) came back from a layoff due to injury to score a near shutout decision victory over Leonardo Baez in his featherweight debut in November. The 31-year-old hit the road to the UK to win his title in 2017, winning a decision over previously unbeaten Gavin McDonnell. After that, Vargas made five successful defenses of his title, beating top contenders Oscar Negrete, Ronny Rios and Azat Hovhannisyan. His fifth successful title defense came via unanimous decision over former world champion Tomoki Kameda in July 2019.
Prediction Mark Magsayo vs. Rey Vargas
What a fun fight between two undefeated fighters. Magsayo burst into the minds of boxing fans with his knockout win over Julio Ceja over the Manny Pacquiao-Yordenis Ugas undercard last August. The 27-year-old followed that up with an upset win over Russell using constant pressure and hard punches to win his first major world title.
Magsayo and Vargas are fighters under pressure. But there are questions about how powerful Vargas is at 126 pounds. He couldn’t put Baez away. Maybe it was because he wanted to do rounds at the bank after a two-year layoff. Maybe power doesn’t translate to a four-pound increase.
Magsayo by decision (+100) is the best play. He’s had more time at 126 pounds, is more active, is the heaviest hitter in the division and has proven to fight best when the going gets tough .
Muehlhausen’s choice: Marc Magsayo
Best odds: Magsayo per decision +100