Rey Var­gas to de­fend ti­tle against Os­car Ne­grete on Dec. 2

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feath­er­weight world ti­tle­holder Rey Var­gas will make his sec­ond de­fense when he takes on Os­car Ne­grete in a bat­tle of un­de­feated fight­ers on Dec. 2 at Madi­son Square Gar­den in New York, Golden Boy Pro­mo­tions an­nounced on Fri­day.

The fight will be tele­vised on HBO (10 p.m. ET/PT) as the co-fea­ture to the farewell fight of ju­nior mid­dleweight ti­tle­holder Miguel Cotto (41-5, 33 KOs), who de­fends his belt against Sadam Ali (25-1, 14 KOs) in what Cotto says will be his fi­nal fight.

Var­gas and Ne­grete are both un­de­feated Golden Boy Pro­mo­tions fight­ers who will bring a tremen­dous fight to Madi­son Square Gar­den on Dec. 2," said Golden Boy CEO Os­car De La Hoya. "Both are com­ing off tough fights ear­lier this year and will risk their un­de­feated records in a co-main event that will look to steal the show."

Var­gas (30-0, 22 KOs), 26, of Mex­ico, won a va­cant 122-pound ti­tle belt on Feb. 25 by ma­jor­ity de­ci­sion against Gavin McDon­nell in Hull, Eng­land. Var­gas, who is trained by Hall of Famer Ig­na­cio "Na­cho" Beris­tain, made his first de­fense via unan­i­mous de­ci­sion over Ronny Rios on Aug. 26 on HBO on the un­der­card of Cotto's ti­tle vic­tory against Yoshi­hiro Kamegai at the StubHub Cen­ter in Car­son, Cal­i­for­nia.

"I feel priv­i­leged to be fight­ing at an arena where some of his­tory's best fight­ers have fought," Var­gas said. "I know that Os­car Ne­grete is a brawler and that this is a fight be­tween two un­de­feated fight­ers. Ne­grete is a young man who pushes for­ward hard, and his 17-0 record and his place in the rank­ings demon­strate that he's a great ri­val.

"Also, it will be an honor to share the card with Miguel Cotto, and I know that the arena will be filled with a lot of emo­tion for his last fight. And, just as a star is mak­ing a grand exit, I hope that a new star is born, and his name is Rey Var­gas."

Ne­grete (17-0, 7 KOs), 30, a Colom­bia na­tive fight­ing out of Rose­mead, Cal­i­for­nia, is mov­ing in weight from ban­tamweight and com­ing off an eighth-round knock­out of Ser­gio Frias on the June 30 edi­tion of "Golden Boy Boxing on ESPN."

"I am su­per happy for this op­por­tu­nity," Ne­grete said. "I am not only see­ing one dream come true but two dreams. It's been a dream of mine to fight for a world ti­tle and a dream to fight at Madi­son Square Gar­den, and on Dec. 2, I'll be do­ing both. I know Rey Var­gas is a great fighter, but I've al­ways wanted to fight the best. If I'm go­ing to fight for a world ti­tle, it has to be with a great ri­val who is worth it and whom I can be proud to fight."

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