Mexico's Rey Vargas explained that it wasn't easy to leave in the hands of someone else the super bantamweight title of the World Boxing Council that he defended five times.
However, the injury he suffered to his foot helped Vargas detach himself a little more easily from the situation, while allowing him to focus on moving up and conquering another division.
Due to his injury, Vargas became the champion 'in recess' while Luis Nery captured the vacant WBC title.
Nery threw several verbal jabs in the direction of Vargas - challenging him to an all-Mexican showdown.
Last week, Vargas dropped his 'recess title' and the WBC immediately made him the mandatory challenger to featherweight champion Gary Russell Jr.
“Leaving the title was not so easy, because it was hard to win it. It is unpleasant what Luis Nery has said, but I decided to leave it to him because I know that another exciting chapter is coming. Going up in the division is a goal and a dream because I want a second title,” Vargas told Erika Montoya.
Motivated by having been named mandatory challenger Russell, the unbeaten boxer assured that he was following the instructions of his doctor to the letter.
“Many ask me why I don't return with a soft touch. But I want to go back through the big door. I want to show that I am still the King. Maybe I have been a little behind, but I want to show that I still have it at that level," added Vargas.
However, a month after completing his rehabilitation, Vargas is already beginning to test out the foot by doing small shadow boxing sessions and preparing to start one of the preparations that he says should be more complete.
As an extra precaution and not to put at risk the fight that is currently in the negotiation stage, Vargas announced that he will look to have a camp where he won't risk a COVID infection, so he will reach an agreement with his coach Ignacio Beristain and not hold his camp at the Romanza Gym.