Boxing Preview – Timothy Bradley vs Jessie Vargas

Boxing Preview – Timothy Bradley vs Jessie Vargas

Timothy Bradley vs Jessie Vargas

We finally turn our attention to the main event of the weekend as Carson, California plays host to a World championship battle between Timothy Bradley who seeks a return to winning ways, and the undefeated Jessie Vargas who competes for the first time at welterweight. Up for grabs will be the interim WBO World welterweight championship, and a possibility at being the next competitor in the Mayweather lottery.

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Timothy Bradley is back in the World championship picture in one of the most competitive divisions in Boxing, and he will be attempting to earn his first win since 2013 following a rather nad 2014, the worst year of his career. Bradley had a perfect 31-0 record until April 2014 when Manny Pacquiao avenged the loss in their first bout. The last win came against Juan Manuel Marquez in a rather stylish split decision victory. The loss to Pacquiao was sandwiched with a draw against Diego Gabriel Chavez in December 2014, which shocked a few people as Bradley was expected to win. He says his training camp has been much better leading up to this bout.


Bradley has exemplified himself as a ring technician and a really satisfying pure Boxer. His ring generalship is fantastic and his punching and counterpunching is calculated. He also boasts a fair amount of speed and his hand speed is hard to evade. Bradley has shown a abundance to dominate the early rounds, before letting his opponents back into it later on, as was seen against Provodnikov, Pacquiao, and Chavez. This has been a problem for Bradley however he has been quick identifying the problem.

On the flip side of Bradley’s poor 2014, you have Jessie Vargas who made 2014 his year where he made the Boxing World well aware of who he is and what he was about. Vargas stepped up in competition and earned a good decision against Khabib Allakhverdiev in a fight which he was expected to lose in April 2014. He returned with another tough bout against Anton Novikov in August 2014, earning another strong decision victory. He most recently dominated Antonio DeMarco in a decision win in November 2014, retiring him in the process. He currently holds the WBA World super lightweight strap.


Just like Bradley, Vargas is blessed with supreme Boxing ability. This has been reaffirmed with his choice in trainer, previous being trained by Roy Jones Jr, before moving on from him due to his lack in availability, then being trained by Erik Morales. He’s got the height and reach advantage and looks elite when Boxing at length. He can control the distance incredibly well. He lacks power which has shown him lose rounds every now and then because he fails to put an exclamation point on his performance.

In my honest opinion, this bout could be a fight of the year contender, despite the fact the duo lack knockout power and finishing instinct. A lot of casual fans don’t like fighters who aren’t interested in really finishing bouts, but in this scenario, I see different. The lack of stopping power doesn’t deter the fact that these two will be throwing leather searching for the stoppage. I honestly expect each fighter to leave it all in the ring on Saturday evening, making it an incredibly hard battle to judge. That being said, I’m siding with the smarter fighter here in Bradley who has been in with the better opposition and has seen more looks than what Vargas has. Bradley will likely stop Vargas’ plan of winning the fight at distance by dragging it on the inside and using a short-package jab and body punching to win the rounds and see the most offence. Whilst I think it might be close, I think the scorecards will deem Bradley the winner in a competitive and entertaining fight. He will be the deserved winner. Bradley by decision.

Dan Glozier.

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