Rey Vargas vs. O’Shaquie Foster
Virtual Press Conference
Undefeated two-division world champion Rey Vargas and top
contender O’Shaquie Foster previewed their battle for the
vacant WBC Super Featherweight World Championship during a
virtual press conference on Wednesday before they meet on
Saturday, February 11 live on SHOWTIME from the Alamodome in
San Antonio, Texas in a Premier Boxing Champions event.
The SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING telecast begins at 9 p.m.
ET/6 p.m. PT and is topped by Vargas on his quest to become
a three-division world champion against the hungry
challenger Foster, who steps into the ring to vie for a
title for the first time.
Vargas will return to fight at the Alamodome after winning
the 126-pound title at the arena in July 2022 on SHOWTIME.
During the virtual presser, Foster, who fought on SHOBOX:
The New Generation® four times, revealed his own history at
the venue, as he qualified for the Olympic Trials as an
amateur at the Alamodome. Here is what the fighters had to
“I want to thrill the fans. So come at me with whatever you
have. Let’s give the fans what they want.
“Alamodome is definitely a beautiful venue and a place where
I have wonderful memories. This is another step for me
toward history and there’s no better place to do it than in
San Antonio. I’m looking forward to giving the fans a great
“Foster is very different from my last opponent. We’ve done
a lot of different things in this training camp. We’re
getting ready for the strategy that we think he’s going to
employ. He’s elusive and he can be tough to catch.
“At the end of the day it’s about two guys in the ring
trying to get the best out of each other. I’ve been in
friendly and hostile environments in the ring. So I’m not
worried about anything other than Foster.
“We’re coming back to a place where I have really good
memories and I’m ready to do it again. I know that it’s a
new weight class, but I don’t’ feel uncomfortable at all. I
want to make history and do something that I’ll remember for
the rest of my career.
“I’ve fought all kinds of styles, so nothing really
surprised me. I have a hunch that Foster is going to come
forward and be aggressive. If he fights me tactically, then
I’ll be ready for that too.
“This is definitely an interesting challenge. I haven’t
decided which weight I’m going to fight at afterward. I’m
going to focus on the moment and this great fight that we’re
going to have on February 11.
“I had a lot of important fights before the Mark Magsayo
fight. I didn’t go from the bottom to the top in one fell
swoop, I took the steps that were necessary to get to where
“My power is definitely going to translate to 130 pounds. I
have everything to gain and nothing to lose. The work that
I’ve put into my power during training will definitely work
in my favor.
“The Leo Santa Cruz fight is definitely something we’ve had
our eyes on for years. There were some obstacles coming up,
and that’s when this opportunity came up. I’m always up for
new and exciting challenges and this was definitely one of
them. I think this will be just as good of a fight as the
Santa Cruz fight will be.”
“Camp has been going great. This is the best camp I’ve ever
had. I want to appreciate Vargas for coming up and
challenging me for the title. We’re ready. I’ve had to take
a lot of ‘0’s’ lately and Vargas is going to be another one
on the list.
“Everything happens for a reason. I had a couple setbacks
and had to get focused and weed out the bad energy in my
life. Now I’m ready. I have history at the Alamodome myself.
I qualified for the Olympic trials there, so it’s going to
be a fun night.
“I’ll be the first world titlist to come out of my city, so
I’d be making history for Orange, Texas and raising the bar
for the next generation. I’m ready to show the world that
I’m one of the top fighters.
“It didn’t matter who I was facing. I was ready for anybody.
It just makes it better that he’s an undefeated two-time
champion. He’s a current champion, so I should get all my
props after the fight.
“I thought it was a close fight for Vargas against Mark
Magsayo but I thought he pulled it out. He was a little more
“For me to be a better person, I had to separate myself from
the crowd. I moved away from my hometown five years ago and
I only go back to see my family. I’m just focused on what I
have to do in the future.
“I don’t know why he thinks I’m going to come out
aggressively at him. I come out with different styles every
time I fight. If he tries to box me or walk me down, good
luck. He needs to worry about what he’s going to do.
“It’s going to be fireworks. We put in real work. Every
fight I come in with a different style, so for this fight
I’m bringing all the tricks. I’m going to show the world
that I belong and that I’m here to stay.”