Boxing: O’Shaquie Foster beats Rey Vargas to claim WBC super featherweight title

American O’Shaquie Foster was proclaimed World Boxing Council (WBC) super featherweight champion on Saturday night, beating Mexican Rey Vargas by unanimous decision in a bout held at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas.

The scorecards gave the win to Foster with scores of 116-112, 117-111 and 119-109.

Foster, who broke the Mexican’s unbeaten record, now has 20 wins, 11 by knockout, and just two defeats. Vargas, meanwhile, is left with 36 wins, 22 of them knockouts, and one loss.

How O’Shaquie Foster won the fight against Rey Vargas

Vargas marked distance from the first round with a straight left hand that his opponent dodged thanks to his speed and good footwork.

The Texas native showed off his ability to get in, hit and get out, which even caused Vargas to slip and send him to the canvas in the second round.

Vargas hurt Foster‘s body with curving punches in the third, and in a close exchange of punches the Mexican took a headbutt that split his left eyebrow open.

Relying on his mobility, the American dominated from the fourth round onwards. In the fifth, he was especially strong with a repetition of left uppercuts.

In the sixth round, the American maintained his dominance, as his punches reddened the cheekbone of his opponent’s right eye, who began to despair at the lack of forcefulness of his attacks.

Broken down, Vargas tried with flies and right hooks that were lost in the air, really struggling in the seventh and eighth.

Despite the swelling in both eyes, Vargas bravely went in search of a punch that would cause Foster to falter, but his desperation was accentuated by the constant misfires of his punches.

Entering the 10th round, Foster showed his great physical condition and intelligence to mould the fight to his style.

Knowing he was down on the scorecards, Vargas came out in the 11th to look for the knockout, but Foster did not shy away and responded with an effective left hook that shook the head of the Mexican, who had to retreat.

The American survived the final round against a physically diminished Rey Vargas, to seal a brilliant display that took him to victory.