Bradley and Vargas

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Bradley and Vargas are getting ready for war. 

By Igor Frank

LOS ANGELES-“I call Stub Hub the war ground,” said Tim Bradley during a press conference to announce his welterweight showdown with undefeated Jessie Vargas from Las Vegas. "Cause every time there is a fight there it’s always a war and I think this fight is going to be a war.” 

Their war is scheduled to take place on June 27th, 2015 and will be televised live by HBO. Don’t miss it. 

Considering a huge difference in big fight experience, this looks like an easy fight for veteran from Palm Springs, at least on paper. “What you mean easy fight for Bradley?” inquired former WBO welterweight champion:” This fight is not easy whatsoever. Every fight is a threat, especially young fighter that’s talented like Jessie Vargas.” 

Jessie Vargas is not just a talented and undefeated young fighter. He has risen up the ranks by fighting stiff competition from the onset. I was ringside for Jessie’s 5th professional fight against five and o Anthony Lenk in 2009. It was a six round war that had a small crowd at Buffalo Bills Casino in Primm, Nevada on their feet and put a permanent imprint on my mind. It never got any easier, yet twenty six year old fighter from Las Vegas remains unbeaten. 

“I was brought up the hard way,” said Vargas (26-0,9KO’S):” So the only way I know is hard fights. I only know how to bring out the best in myself with top opposition and that’s what I would do June 27th, find a way to get the victory. That’s my motto.” 

Still, Timothy” The Desert Storm” Bradley represents a huge step up in competition for young Vargas. It was only year and a half ago when Bradley thoroughly out boxed ring great Juan Manuel Marquez and was considered among the top pound for pound fighters in the world. Last year’s loss in a rematch with Manny Pacquiao and a controversial draw with Argentine, Diego Chaves has seen  Bradley descend in mythical pound for pound rankings, but thirty one year old veteran is still quite a force to reckon with. 

Can young gun from Las Vegas handle the jump? “The key is just to be on top of my game, “said Vargas:” Outsmart him, be the more intelligent fighter that night and be ready to go to war if I have to.” 

Aside from having to deal with his opponents vast experience and an elite level skill set, Jessie Vargas is going to have to contend with Bradley’s mind-boggling will to win that was demonstrated best in 2013 Fight of the year against Ruslan Provodnikov. 

“Nobody wants it as much as me right now,” said Vargas who recently hired Roy Jones Jr. to be his chief trainer. Other than desire Jessie Vargas has youth, height and reach on his side.” It’s an advantage,” he said:” But we got to know how to work it. We’ve got to know how to mix it up and change it up on him.” 

It was announced early Monday that this fight will be contested for the vacant WBO welterweight title, the same title that that Floyd Mayweather Jr. just vacated after winning it from Manny Pacquiao, the same title that Pacquiao won and lost from Bradley. 

“I’ve got an opportunity to get my belt back,” said Bradley:” I said that I was going to get my belt back and I will get it back on June 27th. I know I got a tough task ahead of me, but I am preparing myself one hundred and fifty percent.” 

“He has a heart of a lion and he is going to come to fight just as I am,” concluded Jessie Vargas. Will the veteran lion be able to tame the younger lion or vice versa? The answer to that question will come on June 27th. 

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