San Antonio, Texas - In a battle for the vacant WBC super featherweight title, O'Shaquie Foster (20-2, 11 KOs) captured gold with a twelve round unanimous decision over previously unbeaten former two division beltholder Rey Vargas (36-1, 22 KOs). (photos by Amanda Westcott)
The scores were 116-112, 117-111 and 119-109.
The first round was close, with a technical boxing match. Foster was boxing well in the second, throwing and moving to keep Vargas at bay. Foster was outboxing Vargas during the third round action. Vargas suffered a cut around his left eye., which came from a head clash.
The fourth was a little closer, but it was Foster landing the better punches. In the fifth, Vargas was landing punches to the body here and there, but he was also getting outlanding by Foster. Vargas was unable to get good distance during the sixth. Foster was avoiding most of the incoming punches.
It was more of the same in the seventh, with Vargas unable to crack the defense of Foster. But, Vargas was doing more of the work. During the eight, Vargas was getting more aggressive and putting together better combinations, but he was also getting countered with the cleaner punches. In the ninth, Vargas was getting more active and doing better with his output.
The tenth saw close action with both having moments. Foster was pressing forward more often and countering well. In the eleventh, Foster continued to press forward and looking to do damage. Foster was landing the better punches. There wasn't high drama at the start of the twelfth. Foster was going after Vargas, who was allowing himself to get dictated in the fight. Vargas looked tired, as Foster was connecting more often and pressing the attack.