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Rey Vargas v Nick Ball: Fight date, time, undercard, how to watch & TV details

Nick Ball has been climbing the rankings in impressive fashion over the past 12 months, and in Saudi Arabia in March he will get his first world title shot against WBC featherweight title holder Rey Vargas - here's everything you need to know ahead of the bout.


Rey Vargas v Nick Ball - Date

The contest will take place on Friday 8th march, on the same bill as Anthony Joshua v Francis Ngannou.

Rey Vargas v Nick Ball - Time

The bout has been pencilled in for around 20:30 (GMT), with only the heavyweight showdowns between Zhilei Zhang and Joseph parker and Anthony Joshua v Francis Ngannou higher on the bill.

The scheduled 20:30 fight time however, is subject to the length of the undercard bouts scheduled to take place earlier in the night.

Rey Vargas v Nick Ball - Venue

The world title showdown will take place in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, at the Kingdom Arena.

The venue is also playing host to the Undisputed showdown between Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk in May, and has also hosted many of the other recent mega fights in the Middle East. 

Rey Vargas v Nick Ball - Odds

Title-holder Rey Vargas is the 13/10 underdog ahead of the fight with Britain's Nick Ball the odds-on 8/13 shot to capture his maiden world title.

Rey Vargas v Nick Ball - How to Watch

With the bout forming part of the undercard of Anthony Joshua v Francis Ngannou, the dust-up will be streamed live on DAZN to customers in the UK.

Rey Vargas v Nick Ball - Which belts are on the line?

Vargas' WBC featherweight title will be on the line in Saudi Arabia as the Mexican fighter puts it on the line for the first time.

he captured the belt in July 2022 with a split decision victory over Mark Magsayo, but hasn't yet had the opportunity to defend it after pursuing the WBC super-featherweight title in February last year.

On that occasion, he come up just short against American star O'Shaquie Foster with the champion securing a comfortable points victory.

Rey Vargas' record

36-1 (22 KOs)

Rey Vargas may be the slight underdog against Nick Ball, but he most definitely shouldn't be taken lightly.

The talented Mexican fighter is a two-weight world champion who came just short of capturing straps in three weight divisions when he succumbed to the first defeat of his professional career against Foster last time out.

Vargas is the current WBC featherweight champion and former WBC super-bantamweight title holder, who made five successive defences of the belt before relinquishing hold of it to pursue opportunities at a higher weight class.

A ferocious KO artist earlier on in his career, Vargas, understandably, has had to hone his technical skills to blossom against higher profile opponents, with the vast majority of his recent successes coming via the judges' scorecards.

In fact, you have to go back over seven years, to September 2016, for the last time that he was involved in a bout that failed to go the distance.

Nick Ball's record

19-0 (11 KOs)

Nick Ball by name, 'wrecking ball' by nature, the Liverpudlian is fast establishing himself as one of the most feared fighters in Britain.

The 26-year-old has been taking the featherweight division by storm, backing up his words with his actions having previously warned his fellow nine-stone contenders that he was coming for each and every one of them.

He really rose to prominence with his sensational stoppage of Isaac Lowe in 2002, wobbling the former WBC Silver title holder in just the second round before the fight was brought to a halt in the sixth.

He followed that up with three more stoppage victories before prevailing over Isaac Dogboe in hugely impressive fashion in Manchester last November. 

Make no mistake about it, the watching world now knows who Nick Ball is, and he intends to keep it that way by capturing his first world strap in March.

Rey Vargas v Nick Ball - Undercard

Rey Vargas v Nick Ball will feature on the Anthony Joshua v Francis Ngannou bill.

So far, four fights have been confirmed for the huge night of boxing, with Zhilei Zhang and Joseph Parker offering chief-support to the main event, whilst lightweight contenders Mark Chamberlain and Gavin Gwynne are also set to square-off.

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