BRAMPTON, ONTARIO LANDS BIG CANADIAN SHOW
Press Release: On March 18, two of Ontario's biggest stars of the past decade will return home. Logan Cotton McGuinness and Samuel Vargas will compete in separate bouts at the Powerade Centre in Brampton. McGuinness (25-0-1 with 12 KOs) will take on Argentina's Horacio Alfredo Cabral (16-1, 8 KOs) in a ten-round super featherweight bout. Vargas (25-3-1 with 13 KO) will battle Armando Robles (31-5-2 with 18 KOs) over ten rounds in the welterweight division.
Since signing with Lee Baxter Promotions, the Irish-Canadian McGuinness has notched two straight knockout victories—both in under six rounds. Last October, he showed no signs of ring rust as he broke Noel Mejia Rincon down in three, and more recently, he halted Cristian Arrazola in six rounds in Calgary.
“Now that Logan has had a full year back in the gym, I think we'll see a better version of him that ever before,” said Baxter. “Cabral is a world-rated contender himself, and if Logan can turn in a good performance against him, it's time to start thinking about challenging the champions in the division again.”
With a win over the Cabral, McGuinness could begin to set his sights on super featherweight champions such as Vasyl Lomachenko, Miguel Berchelt, Jezreel Corrales and Gervonta Davis.
Vargas, meanwhile, has already shared the ring with a world champion in his most recent outing, a gutsy loss to WBC welterweight champ Danny Garcia, which was televised across the United States and Canada on Premier Boxing Champions on Spike. It marked the second time Vargas had appeared on national television, having also faced Errol Spence Jr. on NBC in 2015.
“You can make a case that Sammy has faced the two best welterweights in the world already,” said Baxter. “Working with Billy Briscoe, as well as an all-new strength and conditioning team, he's learned from his experiences against the best in the world, and has improved as a result.”
The 27-year old has publicly called for bouts with Quebec-based welterweights JoJo Dan, Kevin Bizier and Phil Lo Greco.
“Those are all fights we've made legitimate offers for, but for whatever reason, we haven't been able to get anyone in the ring. It's what's best for Canadian boxing to put the best from our province against the best from Quebec. There's a real rivalry there, and with all of those fights, there would be real stakes,” said Baxter.
The biggest stakes of all on March 18th will come in the form of the co-feature, as Brampton's own Sandy Tsagouris (15-2) and Carla Torres (5-4) clash for the vacant WIBA super featherweight title.
Tsagouris (15-2, 7 KOs) will become the first Toronto-based fighter to fight for a world title in the Toronto region since Clyde Gray faced Jose Napoles for the welterweight title at Maple Leaf Gardens in 1973.
No Toronto-born fighter has ever fought for or won a world title in the GTA, and Tsagouris has the opportunity to change that in her hometown of Brampton. The boys might be back in town, but it's the women who will be making history.
“It's one of the truly rare moments in boxing when a fighter wins a world title in their hometown. In terms of Toronto, it's never happened before. I'm so proud of Sandy, and honored to be able to give her an opportunity to make history on March 18,” said Baxter.
Other confirmed bouts for the evening include welterweight Kane Heron vs. Gregory Trenel of France, and Namah Daghir vs. Kimmy St. Pierre in light welterweight action.
In addition, Filipino bantamweight Marc Pagcaliwangan will be in action, as well as Canadian junior welterweight Steven Wilcox.