Monday, May 18, 2015
Bradley-Vargas Winner Will Be Crowned WBO Welterweight Champion
Floyd Mayweather is a man of his word. He said he would give up his welterweight titles after beating Manny Pacquiao and now Bob Arum has announced at that Timothy Bradley and Jessee Vargas will be fighting for the WBO welterweight strap that Floyd has relinquished. The battle for the future is on.
"Not only are you getting a good fight, you're getting two wonderful personalities," Roy Jones Jr, Vargas' trainer, told the media at a presser to promote the June 27th throwdown. Things may be changing, indeed. In an age where even "good boy" Gennady Golovkin took to sounding cocky the other night, it would be nice to see a couple of gentlemen soaking in the spotlight.
Sure enough, both men appeared pleasant and composed when they took to the microphone. "This is an opportunity I've been waiting for for years," Vargas said from the podium. Bradley, who had to wear sunglasses due to the fact that his eyes were dilated after a doctor's appointment, appeared far more at ease than he did in the lead-up to his rematch with Manny Pacquiao two fights and a full calender year ago.
"This fight is not easy whatsoever," Bradley told the assembled media. "Hey, I'm nervous." Still, the man was clearly happy to learn that he has the chance to once again hold a major title. Compared to facing such giants as Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez, Bradley made it clear that he's taking no short cuts in preparation for Vargas.
"I'm training just as hard," he added, in reference to his past major bouts "if not harder."