Getting back into activity wasn’t a delicate decision like these days. Former World Boxing Council (WBC) superweight champion Rey Vargas will be back in the ring after a year-and-a-half hiatus. Putting aside the excitement of getting back in the ring, you realize you can’t hide your fear of returning to the gym and connecting with more people. Fear of Coronavirus infection is a newly acquired one.
“Yes, I’m afraid to go into someone else’s gym and share the space with others who don’t know if they are looking after themselves, because we don’t know who they are,” says Vargas, whose workplace has been the Romanza Gym until now, in Iztacalco, Ciudad de Mexico led by its manager Ignacio Berustin.
“I don’t know how to prepare in the United States to avoid infection at work,” Vargas says. “I am thinking about the possibility of forming a team and bringing everyone to my gym (in Utumba) to be secluded and safe. I don’t want to risk getting sick, nor do I want to cut short my career again.”
Rey Vargas left the WBC superhero bantamweight title after a year and a half without a fight. During that time he was suffering from some physical problems with one knee and a fracture, which required medical attention and rehabilitation.
On his return he decided to risk everything and seek a superior division to confront the dangerous king, American Gary Russell. Vargas says he chose to upgrade because there were no more challenges available at Super Bantamweight. The next step is Russell, whose position as king appears constant.
“I decided to take the risk and return in a difficult battle,” Vargas explains. “I’m not going soft back, with comfortable spells to see how I feel the featherweight. I go straight through the front door to get a belt against a serious opponent. I also think I have a chance to win, which is why I take advantage of it. It’s not invincible and it’s a chance to prove that I have that level.”
Vargas only laments that there are no conditions for requesting uniformity in the weight he left behind. Without options to take on other champions, the belt that Lewis Neri carries today is best left.
He concludes by saying: “Now I will focus on my return and the plans are to climb the teams, crowning myself in more than one category.”
On the other hand, WBC announced the 2020 Best Boxing Awards. Mauricio Suleiman, president of the organization, noted that despite the fact that it was a very complex year due to the epidemic, this sport was able to conclude with good exhibitions.
Saúl lvarez and coach Eddy Reynoso are recognized in their categories as the best of 2020.
“Canelo He saved the year with a new title in a high profile job and crowned Eddie with three fighters who made him one of the most successful coaches at the moment. “