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Rey Vargas, an unusual champion

to the boxer King Vargas the only party he likes is the one he unleashes with his fists above the ring. Far from the roped, he paints his line an


to the boxer the only party he likes is the one he unleashes with his fists above the ring. Far from the roped, he paints his line and embraces his family, without excesses, away from the temptations and fate that boxing champions usually have who throw away their careers seduced by flattery and banality.

“I’m not one to party or ‘burst’ after a fight,” he says, in an exclusive interview with EL UNIVERSAL Deportes, the current featherweight monarch of the ()), his second belt in a career without losing spots.

His home has been the trench from where he faces destiny up and down the ring: “Always with the family, because it is the base, the first team that sees what is behind, what you drag during the preparation, and it is the one that deserves savor the triumph.

At home, boxing is lived with intensity and madness, “because the pressure of the fight also comes to the family. During the pandemic we miss that hustle. For the family it is like an addiction.”

His father, Carlos Vargas —expugilista—, is also one of his coaches. “In fact, I don’t have a dad, I have a coach,” warns Rey. “Because if my dad doesn’t talk about boxing he’s not happy, everything is boxing. Sometimes, it’s complicated and you want to breathe. I try to combine training: two days with him, two days with Don Nacho [Beristáin] and the rest alone”.

Beristain He is his other great ally, a luxury that only guys like Vargas can afford. “It’s an emblem, an old sea dog. He doesn’t battle with me, he knows how I work and I feel like the respect is mutual,” he shares.

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The truth is that the man 31 years old who today boasts a record of 36 fights without falling, accepts that entering boxing was natural, although he did not choose it. “It wasn’t something I asked for, my dad was a boxer, he went 21-1 and when he lost, he retired. He started training me like a game,” he recalls.

No lack prevented them from training. The living room of the house was transformed into his gym. Don Carlos he scratched the slab to find the rod and hang an improvised sack with a pair of jeans. Unforgettable image.