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Mark Magsayo vs Rey Vargas undercard swells ahead of title clash

Unbeaten lightweight contender Frank Martin will face slick Dominican sharpshooter Jackson Mariñez in the 10-round telecast opener live on SHOWTIME this Saturday, July 9 from the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas in a Premier Boxing Champions event.

Martin was originally scheduled to fight Ricardo Núñez, who was forced to withdraw due to visa issues.

The show is headlined by WBC Featherweight World Champion Mark “Magnifico” Magsayo taking on former world champion Rey Vargas in the main event.

The SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® telecast begins at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT and will see hard-hitting former world champion Brandon “The Heartbreaker” Figueroa battle Carlos Castro in a WBC Featherweight Title Eliminator bout in the co-main event.

Additional coverage will include a pair of bouts streamed live on the SHOWTIME SPORTS® YouTube channel beginning at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT. The action will see unbeaten welterweight contender Rashidi Ellis facing Argentine Olympian Alberto Palmetta in a 10-round duel, plus San Antonio’s own Ramon Cardenas battling Venezuela’s Michell Banquez in a 10-round bantamweight attraction.

Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by TGB Promotions, are on sale now and are available through The Martin vs. Mariñez bout is promoted in association with Man Down Promotions.

The 27-year-old Martin (15-0, 11 KOs) is guided by esteemed trainer Derrick James and ascended the lightweight rankings in 2021 with a pair of impressive victories before most recently delivering a New Year’s Day KO over Romero Duno.

In 2021, Martin knocked out the previously unbeaten Jerry Perez in a dominating performance in April, before earning a unanimous decision over Ryan Kielczweski in August. Originally from Indianapolis, Ind., Martin now trains in the Dallas-area under the guidance of James alongside unified welterweight champion Errol Spence Jr.

A native of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Mariñez (19-2, 7 KOs) has fought professionally since 2016 and won his first 19 bouts, including four victories in 2019 that culminated with a second-round TKO of Yardley Armando Cruz in his U.S. debut.

The 31-year-old’s first blemish came in a controversial decision loss to Rolando Romero in August 2020 and he most recently dropped a contest to former world champion Richard Commey in February 2021.

The non-televised undercard will feature unbeaten John Rincon (6-0, 2 KOs) in a six-round welterweight battle against Archiebald Weah (10-14, 5 KOs), the pro debut of San Antonio’s Sequiel Hernandez in a four-round featherweight duel against Joshua Montoya (2-2-2-), San Antonio-native Raymond Guajardo (5-1, 4 KOs) taking on California’s Dario Guerrero-Meneses (0-2) in a four-round middleweight bout and a four-round all-California showdown between unbeaten super bantamweight prospects Albert Gonzalez (2-0, 1 KO) and Alberto Alvarez (4-0, 3 KOs).

Rounding out the action is the pro debut of super lightweight prospect Fabian Diaz in a four-round duel against Julio Gomez, unbeaten middleweight prospect Samuel Arnold stepping in for a four-round fight taking on Antonio Hernandez and featherweight prospect Xavier Bocanegra facing Travis Crawford in a four-round attraction.