The debate on whether boxing is the premium combat sport over mixed martial arts is generally a hollow argument dressed in ignorance. After all, they are two vastly different fighting disciplines only linked by their mutually destructive aim of rendering an opponent unconscious. You are unlikely to wage an impassioned discussion of the respective merits of Rugby versus American football, so why afford the column inches to the tedious boxing – UFC dispute?
Preston B. (San Francisco, CA): Timothy Bradley has proven time and time again that he’s the best welterweight in the world. I don’t think he gets the respect he deserves and I never understood that. He knows how to win. How did you rate his performance and his talent in general?
Vivek W. (ESB): Timothy Bradley is tough topic to tackle for me at times. I often think back to his fight across the pond against Junior Witter. I had seen him before and studied a few notes on him, but after that performance I became a very big fan. The heart he displayed that night in an effort thousands of miles away in another man’s land was as good as it gets. Where my personal trouble comes with Bradley is his inability to be consistent with those type of performances. We saw him look great against arguably the best Mexican warrior and future Hall of Famer of this era (Marquez); we’ve seen him look awful against the likes of Provodnikov.
Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley Jr., 32-1-1 (12KO) the favorite, did what was expected. He pounded out a unanimous decision over the until then unbeaten Jessie Vargas 26-1-0 (9KO). All too often the 5′ 10″ Vargas gave up his four inch height advantage. He allowed Bradley to control the distance and land his own jab and just out work him. Neither man is a big puncher, so neither man was in serious trouble until the last round. That is when the fun started Saturday night at the StubHub Center, Carson, CA.
With under twenty-seconds left in the fight, Bradley got careless and in the middle of an exchange, he dropped his guard. At just about that precise moment Vargas was uncorking a big right hand.
Boxing is littered with bizarre incidents and controversy, from in-ring riots to Parachutist’s landing in the ring – yet last night’s welterweight clash between Tim Bradley and Jessie Vargas introduced us to a slightly different kind of strange when referee Pat Russell initially appeared to wave the fight off in favour of Vargas – who behind on all 3 cards – rocked Bradley badly in the dying seconds of the final round.
This prompted wild celebration from the WBA 140 lb champion, when in actual fact, Russell was signaling the end of the action after mistaking the 10-second clacker for the final bell – and after much confusion, order was restored and the rightful winner announced – with Bradley getting the unanimous decision by scores of (115-112, 116-112 AND 117-111).
Tim Bradley (32-1-1, 12 KOs) dodged a bullet in the 12th round to defeat previously unbeaten Jessie Vargas (26-1, 9 KOs) by a 12 round unanimous tonight to win the interim WBO welterweight title at the StubHub Center in Carson, California. In the last 30 seconds of the round, Vargas connected with a huge right hand that had Bradley out of his feet.
Vargas then spent 11 seconds trying to line Bradley up for another big hand, when suddenly referee Pat Russell halted the fight with 10 seconds to go because he thought he had heard the final belt. Vargas, thinking the referee had stopped the fight due to Bradley being badly hurt, immediately started jobbing up and down celebrating thinking he’d scored a knockout.
Ahead of his make or break fight this Saturday against Jessie Vargas this Saturday on HBO in US/Boxnation UK, Timothy Bradley has spoken to fighthype.com to insist that his younger rival is out of his depth and will be vastly under-prepared for the experience the 2 weight world champion is set to bring to their clash from Carson, California – that will now be for the Interim WBO 147 lb strap given Floyd Mayweather is yet to vacate the full version.
After expressing concerns about how much modern great Roy Jones Jr would be able to be there for him during training camp, Jessie Vargas has made the switch to another modern great – Erik Morales – employing the services of the former Mexican champion in the corner for Saturday’s fight with Tim Bradley that comes live from The StubHub centre in Carson, California – screened on HBO in the US and Boxnation in the UK.
Vargas said of the trainer switch to fighthubtv;
LOS ANGELES (June 24, 2015) – It all started on Tuesday afternoon when former two-division world champion TIMOTHY “Desert Storm” BRADLEY JR. (31-1-1, 12 KOs), of Palm Springs, Calif., arrived at his fight week hotel and was asked about his upcoming welterweight world title fight against undefeated World Boxing Association (WBA) super lightweight world champion JESSIE VARGAS (26-0, 9 KOs), of Las Vegas, NV. One has to wonder if adding meat to the former vegan Bradley’s training diet excited his blood!!!
One of the sport’s best fighters returns when WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING: TIMOTHY BRADLEY JR. VS. JESSIE VARGAS AND OSCAR VALDEZ VS. RUBEN TAMAYO is seen SATURDAY, JUNE 27 at 9:45 p.m. (live ET/tape-delayed PT) from StubHub Center in Carson, Cal., exclusively on HBO. The HBO Sports team will be ringside to call all the action, which will be available in HDTV, closed-captioned for the hearing-impaired and presented in Spanish on HBO Latino.
This Saturday, “Desert Storm” Tim Bradley makes his first in-ring appearance of 2015 when he faces unbeaten Jessie Vargas for the interim WBO welterweight title, after Floyd Mayweather didn’t end up vacating the full version. A decision on what Floyd plans to do with that belt is still a way off with Mayweather yet to pay the WBO sanctioning fees from his clash with Manny Pacquiao last month.
The situation surrounding that title will become clearer with time, yet ahead of the fight Saturday, Bradley has spoken to ThaBoxingVoice to suggest that he has been working on his technique and power following his draw with Diego Chaves last December, as he no longer feels as comfortable leaving things in the hands of the judges.