Rey Vargas and Leonardo Baez Land Over 1000 Punches – Vargas Secures Win

Published 11/06/2021, 10:54 PM EDT


After 10-rounds of stellar action, Rey Vargas retained his undefeated record via unanimous decision against Leonardo Baez. As expected, Vargas established his dominance in style and came in as the better fighter from the very beginning. Despite falling prey to Baez’s skills on certain occasions, Vargas rebounded sensationally every time.

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Leonardo Baez also offered a sheer threat from his end. The war between two Mexican stars looked 50-50 in reality, although Baez was an underdog on the papers.

The fight lived up to its hype and paved the road to intriguing co-main and headlining bouts. Here’s a detailed look at Vargas vs Baez.

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Rey Vargas vs Leonardo Baez- The War

Rey Vargas and Leonardo Baez unveiled a slugfest from the initial stage of their 10-round featherweight clash in the undercard of Canelo Alvarez vs Caleb Plant.

Both Rey Vargas and Leonardo Baez looked prominently sharp. Despite going for haymakers, they didn’t lose the technical essence. By the end of round three, Baez appeared to be rushing for a kill. Meanwhile, Vargas feinted, used sharp jabs and smart movements to stick around the ring.

The contest appeared extremely close. Round four began with Rey Vargas looking even sharper. He made his opponent miss on several shots.

In response to the 6 body shots from his opponent, Vargas had landed 22 shots on Baez. The massive contrast became clear as Baez looked tired after the end of round four. However, it set the path clean for the rest of the fight.

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The Action Continues

Following intense action of five rounds, Baez showed slight improvements in the fifth. He moved well, landed clean shots, and dominated a brief portion of the round. Meanwhile, round-six brought back Vargas in the game.

With 1:47 minutes on the clock of round five, Vargas’ 50 shots stood way over Baez’s 45. The Mexican stars continued the action in the next round, but Vargas had the edge.

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He landed the bigger punches and moved brilliantly all around the ring. As the fight was coming to its final stages, both men looked for the kill. Rey Vargas was leading the punch stats by the end of round nine.

The bout was intense as both men offered 1000 punches over the course of 30 minutes of boxing.

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Raj Sarkar

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A senior boxing writer at EssentiallySports, Raj Sarkar is a mass media graduate who is currently pursuing his master’s degree in broadcast journalism. In addition to his current role, he has worked with the MMA team at EssentiallySports and has interviewed prominent fighters such as Ritu Phogat and 'The Red King' Rory MacDonald. Combining his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports, he has earned a combined 3000 plus bylines over the last two years.

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