Rey Vargas and Tomoki Kameda appear set to face off this summer in California in a WBC 122-pound world title fight.
According to ESPN, the title bout will take place on July 13 at the Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, California and be streamed on DAZN. The news of the fight coming together is no surprise as the WBC announced a while back that the two sides have reached a deal for a title bout, but did not reveal any further details at the time.
Vargas, winner of all 33 pro bouts, has held the WBC title since winning a majority decision against Gavin McDonnell in 2017. Since then, he has made four successful title defenses. Vargas last fought on February 9 in Indio, California where he recovered from a second-round knockdown to win a 12-round decision against Franklin Manzanilla. That fight was streamed on DAZN in the United States.
After Vargas' May 2018 title defense against Azat Hovhannisyan, he spent the rest of the year recovering from numerous injuries. While Vargas was recovering, the WBC created an interim title with Kameda and Abigail Medina fighting for the belt last November at Korakuen Hall in Japan. Kameda would go on to win the fight by unanimous decision. Kameda has won his last five bouts and was once the WBO bantamweight world champion.
While the two sides are currently locked in to battle for the title, there is a title eliminator in place to crown a new mandatory challenger on June 23. The title eliminator will see former WBA super bantamweight champion Guillermo Rigondeaux take on Julio Ceja with the bout being televised on Fox.