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Rey Vargas v Nick Ball - Tale of the Tape: Weight, height, reach, trainer & professional boxing records

We analyse the credentials and statistics of Rey Vargas and Nick Ball as Liverpool's hugely popular featherweight bids to capture his first world title in Orlando, Florida.

Rey Vargas v Nick Ball

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Great Britain boasts a really impressive track record of producing top-level fighters in smaller weight classes over the years.

From Jimmy Wilde and Benny Lynch to Duke McKenzie and Naseem Hamed, the UK has never been short of slim, wiry fighting men.

Over the last few years Leigh Wood has not only proved himself to be one of the best and hardest-hitting featherweights in the world but his story should be one to inspire the next generation. 

Nick Ball is one individual from the new class who can catapult himself into the higher echelons of the featherweight picture with victory over Rey Vargas, for the WBC title, on the Anthony Joshua v Francis Ngannou undercard on March 8. 

Britain v Mexico normally ends one way, so Ball will have to buck that trend in March!

Can he wreck the reign of Vargas or will Ball's '0' go? 

It's time to look at the 'Tale of the Tape'...
 

Rey Vargas v Nick Ball
Tale of the Tape

TOTT
 Rey VargasNick Ball
Odds:13/108/13
Age:3426
Nickname:    N/A'The Wrecking'
Height:5ft 7.5ins5ft 2ins
Reach:71ins65ins
Weight:FeatherweightFeatherweight
Trainer:Nacho Beristain / Carlos VargasPaul Stevenson
Record:36-1 (22 KOs)19-0 (11 KOs)
Last Fight:Lost - (UD) v O'Shaquie Foster (February 2023)Won - (UD) v Isaac Dogboe (November 2023)


Rey Vargas
In Profile

Rey Vargas returns to 126lbs after an unsuccessful tilt at 130lbs losing to O’Shaquie Foster on points 12 months ago. Had Vargas triumphed he would have become a three-weight world champion.

There is very little fanfare around Vargas, a gangly 5ft 7.5ins Mexican who is solid but not spectacular. 

His talents were too good for Britain’s Gavin McDonnell on a winter’s night at the Ice Arena in Hull seven years ago to win the vacant WBC super-bantamweight title. 

Five defences then led him to a move up to featherweight which saw him dethrone Filipino Mark Magsayo for another WBC world title in July 2022. 

Vargas has been linked to fights against fellow Mexicans Leo Santa Cruz and Emmanuel Navarrete, but he now finds himself in the position of travelling thousands of miles to Saudi Arabia to fend off a Liverpudlian pocket rocket. 

Mexican fighters, however, are not just tough physically but are tough mentally too. 

Prior to the Foster loss Vargas knew nothing other than winning, and doing it over the distance in his biggest fights. He won’t be fazed by Ball but will have the challenge of having to punch five inches down to connect with his smaller foe.

Strengths:Weaknesses:
ReachPower
Left hook body shotsWasteful
Solid fundamentalsNot enough combinations
FootworkVulnerable to right hands


Nick Ball
In Profile

When Nick Ball signed for Frank Warren in February 2020, he did so alongside fellow Everton Red Triangle gym-mates Andrew Cain and Brad Strand.

Ball then arrived on the big stage in 2022 when he and Isaac Lowe went toe-to-toe over for six out of 12 rounds at Wembley Stadium on the Tyson Fury v Dillian Whyte undercard. 

In an evening of few highlights that contest was one of them - Ball took his chance and simply overwhelmed Lowe on the night. 

The Liverpudlian's reputation and fanbase has increased since then and last time out dominated former WBO super-bantamweight champion and former WBO featherweight title challenger Isaac Dogboe. 

It was the type of performance from Ball that ticked off one of the few remaining boxes left on his to do list. 

The 26-year-old will be chomping at the bit to get his hands on Vargas but once unleashed he must be wary of not emptying the tank leaving him at the mercy of the Mexican later in the fight.

Strengths:Weaknesses:
JabMoves back in straight lines
Sets a high paceVulnerable in exchanges
Combination punchesSlow feet
Lateral movementUncomfortable under pressure

All odds displayed within this article were correct at the time of writing and are subject to fluctuation.
 

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