Undefeated two-division world champion Rey Vargas will battle prime 130-pound contender O’Shaquie Foster for the vacant WBC Tremendous Featherweight World Championship in a showdown that headlines motion reside on SHOWTIME Saturday, February 11 from the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas topping a Premier Boxing Champions occasion.
The Showtime telecast begins at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT and in addition options former champion and all-action San Antonio-native Mario “El Azteca” Barrios, now educated by prime coach Bob Santos, returning to the ring in a 10-round welterweight duel towards Jovanie Santiago that serves because the co-main occasion. Kicking off the motion, hard-hitting unbeaten heavyweights go toe-to-toe as Cuba’s Lenier Pero takes on Ukraine’s Viktor Faust in a 10-round attraction.
The 27-year-old Barrios (26-2, 17 KOs) returns to the ring after difficult former unified welterweight champion Keith Thurman in February 2022, dropping a call in a hard-fought conflict. The San Antonio-product, who now trains with Santos, a prime coach, in Las Vegas, turned a 140-pound world champion in September 2019, utilizing his aggressive model to edge out Batyr Akhmedov and earn a unanimous choice. Barrios misplaced the tremendous light-weight title in one other motion packed, extremely aggressive bout, as he was defeated by three-division and five-time world champion Gervonta Davis in June 2021.
“Everybody is aware of I include every part I bought after I step into the ring, and I’m excited to be again for this huge alternative on Showtime,” mentioned Barrios. “I’m much more motivated figuring out that I get to combat again at dwelling in San Antonio and provides my folks a fantastic combat. Everybody goes to see pure boxing leisure as I’ll be placing my abilities on show with unhealthy intentions. I’ve confirmed that I’m a warrior each time I get into the ring and I’m bringing that very same power for Santiago.”
Born in Bayamon, Puerto Rico and now residing in Dorado, Santiago (14-2-1, 10 KOs) impressed in his U.S. debut in February 2021 regardless of shedding a aggressive choice towards four-division champion Adrien Broner on SHOWTIME. The 31-year-old adopted that up in Could difficult prime 140-pound contender Gary Antuanne Russell in a bout he misplaced by sixth-round stoppage. Previous to these fights, Santiago had gained 4 of 5 contests by knockout, a streak that adopted a 10-round choice overcome DeMarcus Corley in 2017. Santiago’s solely blemish earlier than the Broner combat was a majority attract simply his third professional contest.
“That is going to be a really thrilling combat,” mentioned Santiago. “I’m able to go in there and throw lots of punches. Barrios and I are each seeking to bounce again from losses and present that we’re elite fighters. That’s going to make this an action-packed combat and I do know that I’ve every part it takes to go away with my hand raised. The followers in San Antonio can count on us to present it our all from begin to end.”
A 2016 Olympian from Camaguey, Cuba, Pero (8-0, 5 KOs) had an intensive and extremely profitable beginner profession that spanned over 100 fights, together with a number of victories over countryman Frank Sanchez and efforts towards heavyweight champion Oleksandr Usyk, heavyweight prospect Filip Hrgovic and Olympic Gold Medalist Bakhodir Jalolov. The 30-year-old now fights out of Miami, Fla., and made a profitable U.S. debut on New Yr’s Day 2022, defeating then-unbeaten Geovany Bruzon. He’s added two extra victories since then, most not too long ago knocking out Joel Caudle in a bout streamed by way of the SHOWTIME Sports activities YouTube channel and SHOWTIME Boxing Fb web page in August.
“I’m actually trying ahead to creating my Showtime debut on February 11,” mentioned Pero. “Ever since I began boxing, I’ve been working towards my objective of turning into the primary Cuban heavyweight world champion. Faust is an efficient opponent, and that is by far the largest combat of my profession. A victory will skyrocket my profession and put me in a fantastic place. I’m going to grab this second and produce dwelling a victory for my folks in Cuba.”
Faust (11-0, 7 KOs) returns to combat within the U.S. after his final stateside outing noticed him have interaction in one in all 2022’s most unpredictable and fast-paced slugfests. The 30-year-old squared off with Iago Kiladze in January 2022 with each males hitting the canvas an astonishing 5 occasions mixed in lower than 5 minutes of motion earlier than the Ukrainian closed out the motion in spherical two to earn a TKO. Faust has adopted that up with choice wins over veteran title challenger Kevin Johnson in August and Franklin Lawrence in December earlier than he returns to combat within the U.S. for the third time.
“It is a nice alternative for me to point out off my abilities within the U.S.,” mentioned Faust. “I’m particularly completely happy to be again towards a fantastic opponent like Pero. He was a superb beginner, and I do know we’ll each be very assured heading into this combat. I’m going to win and present everybody that I’m able to do every part attainable to achieve my objective and turn out to be world champion.”