O’Shaquie Foster scores wide points win over Rey Vargas to claim WBC strap – Ring News 24

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O’Shaquie Foster. Photo credit: Amanda Westcott/Showtime

O’Shaquie ‘Ice Water’ Foster 20-2 (11) was crowned WBC super featherweight champion when he outclassed previously undefeated two-weight world champion Rey Vargas 36-1-1 (22) at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas on Saturday night.

Despite giving away height and reach to Vargas, the 29-year-old Foster was able to use his speed and clever footwork to dart in and out with his attacks, largely leaving the Mexican swinging at air. It was a classy and mature performance from Foster against a gangly and awkward opponent.

Foster banked the early rounds as Vargas struggled to adjust as he was unable to keep the Texan on the outside. As the fight wore on Vargas managed to have small pockets of success, even stealing some of the mid-to-late rounds, but there was no doubt who was in control.

Foster finished strong in the championship rounds to clinch the victory and claim the vacant title by scores of 116-112, 117-111 and 119-109.

“My coaches kept telling me to pick it up, we are ready to go,” Foster said. “We can’t get them out, but I felt good in the later rounds. I just wanted to make sure it wasn’t a close fight.

“I didn’t think it was close. My coaches kept telling me not to let off the gas. I wanted to close the show.”

The new champ wasted no time calling out the names he wants to face next.

“I can’t put it into words,” said Foster. “I know my mom, my uncle, my grandpa, they are all looking down on me. I’d love to unify [the division]. I think I have two mandatories. [WBA champion Hector Luis] Garcia, [WBO champion Emanuel] Navarrete. I’ll face anybody.”

Foster said the key to his success was the work he put in during training camp to prepare him for Vargas’ unique style.

“Dedication, hard work. I have a great team around me,” Foster said. “Getting away from the distractions and preparing myself mentally and physically.

“My preparation was very important. I saw a lot of tape. I threw combinations. I knew that he counter-reacted to previous opponents. I tried to switch up my technique.”

Vargas accepted the result, even if he disagreed with the judges’ scorecards.

“I respect the judges,” Vargas said. “I think this decision was not fair. I don’t agree with it, but I have to respect it. I thought it was much closer than they saw.”

All is not lost for Vargas, who still holds the WBC featherweight title.

“The weight difference may have affected me tonight,” he said. “In boxing, you can use your legs to be technical or use them to run. Foster used them to run. He ran all night. This is another step in my life. We might just go back to 126.”

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