In the main event of the boxing tonight in the UK’s televised action, the Rey Vargas vs Gavin McDonnell boxing results are now in and official.
Rey Vargas was a step up for McDonnell in his world title challenge, that much was clear going into the fight.
The boxing tonight between the two was for the vacant WBC super-bantamweight world title.
The Sky pundits (Johnny Nelson and Paul Smith) in the UK went against their own man McDonnell with their pre-fight picks.
They were proved to be correct.
Vargas started in the more assured fashion of the two, getting McDonnell onto the back foot early on.
Not a lot of action in round one, but the better use of distance and footwork came from Vargas in my opinion – who edged the round on ring generalship and control overall.
McDonnell started to have his moments in round 2. A nice right hand counter landed early in the round.
Vargas came back with some quality body work, moving in and out of range as he connected on the Englishman.
The left hand was working well for Vargas in the 3rd – mainly to the body, but he also was trying to time McDonnell onto it upstairs too.
McDonnell started to grow into the fight and it looked like he dropped Vargas with a body shot in the 5th.
Although the referee ruled it simply as a slip.
As the second half of the fight progressed some of Vargas’ early body work looked like it was beginning to have an effect. The classier work seemed to be coming from the Mexican.
McDonnell had a nasty gash on the bridge of his nose by the end of the 7th round.
The hometown man kept coming forward however down the stretch, giving it everything and forcing Vargas to use all his craft to keep him off.
The 10th round was a cracker that saw both men stand and fight toe to toe towards the end.
McDonnell landed a peach of a right hand in the 11th – Vargas’ sweat visibly splattering onto the Sky TV camera.
However Vargas really switched on in the last round, doing enough to keep out of harms way and ensure that he got the majority decision win on points after an entertaining 12 round fight.