Bradley Vs. Vargas–Hearing Things

It’s boxing. Stranger things have and yet still continue to happen. We shouldn’t act so surprised anymore at rotten decisions, feigning shots to the child factory region or anything else that draws our respective ire. To the trained eye or at least to the purest administrator of the eye test, the final ten seconds of Saturday evening’s welterweight clash between Tim “Desert Storm” Bradley and Jessie “El Nuevo Generacion” Vargas was more a case of a seasoned referee slightly cracking under pressure as opposed to displaying his usual grace under the same conditions.

Vargas literally did save the best for last. He connected with a thunderous right cross to Bradley’s chin. The former multi division champion from Palm Springs, California almost went face to floor with the canvas, but he didn’t. He used what he had left in his veteran bag of tricks to stay afoot to the few moments left in a bout he had deservedly won.

The shot from Jessie was simple yet effective.

A thought–judging by the sparse attendance at the Stub Hub Center in Carson, the Las Vegas based fighter could have reared back to row ZZ in the upper balcony section to gather even more power for himself.

Bradley knew he had to survive for just a bit longer, so he didn’t just try to get on a bicycle. He tried to jump a train. None of this should have seemed awkward to even the most casual boxing fan. If the object of the sport is to not get hit, then it goes without saying that once a fighter momentarily yet dangerously has his clock cleaned, then he should try his best to not get hit again. That’s all Tim tried to do. After a brief clinch, referee Pat Russell was simply looking to make Vargas aware that the tangling had to go, yet perhaps he wasn’t aware of where time stood in regard to the amount left in the round.

To be sure, the majority of us can decipher the clear audible differences between a sound akin to sticks breaking and a loud ringing of a bell. One is wooden and the other is some sort of metal. One echoes while the other resonates. Sounds easy enough, yes? Russell heard the customary clicking of sticks at ringside to signal ten seconds left in a round. He was in the middle of conversing with Vargas and he made a quick yet baffling decision. Pat thought the fight was over. He didn’t wave his hands high into the air to signal that he’d called the fight due to a knockout or a fighter’s inability to continue. Rather, he used a short flick of the wrists just as our parents would to signal, “no more of that.”

Either way, the job is much harder than it looks.

Jessie Vargas, through no fault of his own, thought that Russell was calling the bout to a close and ran across the ring in a very understandable celebratory fashion. Alas, it was not to be.

Let’s be fair or more to the point, frank with ourselves. Mistakes happen. The scene at the Stub Hub Center was much like when a time out is called in a football game just as a kicker has booted a potentially game winning field goal. The ball splits the uprights, but the score doesn’t count because the clock was halted just in the nick of time. The time-out goes as planned and then the kicker shanks the same kick just moments later. It’s gut wrenching to watch and likely tenfold in misery for the athlete in question. Jessie Vargas had to be crushed when reality set in.

The fact is that Bradley won the bout in a convincing fashion manner and he didn’t have to use his ramrod of a head to do it. Tim almost got another raw deal. He almost showed up at McDonald’s at 10:31am only to be told that breakfast was no longer being served. In any case, the right man won and the right decision was made. Thankfully, what we didn’t see was an all too familiar case of an up and coming fighter being pushed through with another questionable decision simply because he made it through the contest upright. Likewise, we didn’t see a recognizable fighter get by on his name alone. In that regard, the result was a refreshing one.

Bradley’s only 31 and he never deserved the harsh criticism leveled upon him after his 2012 win over Manny Pacquiao or his victory over Juan Manuel Marquez eighteen months later. He’s still a very good fighter with a still tremendous upside and Saturday evening, Jessie Vargas showed those with HBO why he belongs in the conversation for the near future. The snafu in the ring didn’t change anything.

Boxing isn’t the theater of the unexpected as much as it is that of the unsurprising.

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COMMENTS

-brownsugar :

Very unfair results, any other timed sport would have reloaded the remaining time and replayed the last few seconds even if the benefit seems like it was nothing more than watching the last few seconds tic off in a ceremonial jesture to appease the losing side. Vargas was robbed of 7 seconds and deserved to have the time given back even if the fighters.had to have their gloves retaped, no one can make an assumption of what Bradley or Vargas was going to do. What if Chavez was robbed of the few remaining seconds in the Meldrick Taylor fight? The end result was as unfair as it gets.


-amayseng :

Very unfair results, any other timed sport would have reloaded the remaining time and replayed the last few seconds even if the benefit seems like it was nothing more than watching the last few seconds tic off in a ceremonial jesture to appease the losing side. Vargas was robbed of 7 seconds and deserved to have the time given back even if the fighters.had to have their gloves retaped, no one can make an assumption of what Bradley or Vargas was going to do. What if Chavez was robbed of the few remaining seconds in the Meldrick Taylor fight? The end result was as unfair as it gets.
I read in this fight you can be saved by the bell, hence if Bradley went down and to sleep like a ten month old baby he still would have beat the ten count as 7 seconds would have only gone off the clock before the fight was stopped due to the time. still would have won a UD in a decisive and clear cut victory


-Radam G :

Wow! This whole thing is a lot to do about nothing. Even the timekeeper gets mixed up in da game sometimes and ends a round short or let it go too long. And life and the scraps just go on. There has never been a penalty for the timekeeper ending the ring early or the ref. Way, way back in da day in Ali-Frazier II, GOAT Ali had the late, great (Papa) Smoke hurt badly. The the young referee thought that he heard the bell instead of the pounding of 10 seconds left in the round, and stopped the round and possibly cheated the GOAT out of a kayo in the same way as in the Vargas-Bradley Affair. So what happened with JV and TB ain't out of the ordinary. Syet happens in pugilism all the time. Let's move on. No psycho analysis needed. The right dude won the fight. Holla!


-brownsugar :

Wow! This whole thing is a lot to do about nothing. Even the timekeeper gets mixed up in da game sometimes and ends a round short or let it go too long. And life and the scraps just go on. There has never been a penalty for the timekeeper ending the ring early or the ref. Way, way back in da day in Ali-Frazier II, GOAT Ali had the late, great (Papa) Smoke hurt badly. The the young referee thought that he heard the bell instead of the pounding of 10 seconds left in the round, and stopped the round and possibly cheated the GOAT out of a kayo in the same way as in the Vargas-Bradley Affair. So what happened with JV and TB ain't out of the ordinary. Syet happens in pugilism all the time. Let's move on. No psycho analysis needed. The right dude won the fight. Holla!
Boxing needs to catch up with the standard of professionalism due to the participants. I don't care what they did or how many times they did it "back in the so-called day". Modernization and accountability is needed. The old chicken-chasing mentality needs to be expunged and up to the second, absolute timekeeping must be enforced. Otherwise the whole contest is a sham and we are left with crystal ball gazers telling us what the result should have been.


-brownsugar :

I read in this fight you can be saved by the bell, hence if Bradley went down and to sleep like a ten month old baby he still would have beat the ten count as 7 seconds would have only gone off the clock before the fight was stopped due to the time. still would have won a UD in a decisive and clear cut victory
Or it could have ended in a tko like Vargas thought, but we don't know now cause Vargas was robbed of the time and shortchanged out of a possible comeback victory. Shameful and disgraceful are words that come to mind. Vargas was robbed. I predicted a Bradley win but not like this.


-Radam G :

Where is the Commish RG? From ex-pug RG to ex-Commish RG, you needs to script some copy or a book about the "Bell Affair" along with your upcoming "Glove Affair" book. In this age of checking out everything in quicker than a flash, I've already hollered at a few through boksing history short rounds and a long rounds because of the timekeepers and referees. Since B-sug says that Vargas was all but cheated out of glory for a short round, what about all the pugs that was kayoed because of long rounds? They were cheated too then. Da game is littered with ring-da-double-fudge-bell-at-the-right-time controversies. Some of you TSS ssuper scribes ought to do some copy about da haps. I would do it myself but yall know da deal with trolls, posers and serial bullsyetters. Holla!


-Radam G :

Or it could have ended in a tko like Vargas thought, but we don't know now cause Vargas was robbed of the time and shortchanged out of a possible comeback victory. Shameful and disgraceful are words that come to mind. Vargas was robbed. I predicted a Bradley win but not like this.
He was not "ROBBED." He got his arse handed to him. He won 10 seconds of a 12-round scrap. So the affair is a rap. Holla!


-Radam G :

Boxing needs to catch up with the standard of professionalism due to the participants. I don't care what they did or how many times they did it "back in the so-called day". Modernization and accountability is needed. The old chicken-chasing mentality needs to be expunged and up to the second, absolute timekeeping must be enforced. Otherwise the whole contest is a sham and we are left with crystal ball gazers telling us what the result should have been.
I agree with all of that. Now remove all the judges and referees and let in my G-Fam Technology. We have already developed a way how lasered-eyed robots can control the pugs and the scoring. The robots will be spot on 99.999999876 percent of the time. Holla!


-brownsugar :

Your missing the point entirely, Vargas was robbed of his "Potential" to win. Chances are 99 of of a 100 times Bradley survives, but in boxing more than any sport, anything is possible. More than a hail Mary pass, or a half court point 3'er, boxing has to potential to provide the greatest thrills in sports. I simply feel like the ref should have given those 7 seconds back to Vargas, nothing can ever be assumed as fact in boxing unless we get to see it. That mistake ruined the entire fight and tainted the results.


-amayseng :

Or it could have ended in a tko like Vargas thought, but we don't know now cause Vargas was robbed of the time and shortchanged out of a possible comeback victory. Shameful and disgraceful are words that come to mind. Vargas was robbed. I predicted a Bradley win but not like this.
Yes, you truly never know what could happen in a few seconds.


-brownsugar :

I agree with all of that. Now remove all the judges and referees and let in my G-Fam Technology. We have already developed a way how lasered-eyed robots can control the pugs and the scoring. The robots will be spot on 99.999999876 percent of the time. Holla!
Lol.. Laser eyed robot refs.......nice.


-Radam G :

Yes, you truly never know what could happen in a few seconds.
I think that you can based what may have happened on the tude of the ref. Richard Steel -- I believe that is the right ref -- would have stopped the bout and awarded it to Vargas, as he did to Chavez Sr over Melrick Taylor. And probably ex-ref Joe Cortez would have halted the match and would have awarded Vargas a TKO. Now refs Steve Stodger (name missed) would let it continue to the bell, as Tony Weeks would have done. And even a mixed-up ref Pat Russell would have let it go to the correct bell if he would have heard correctly. Holla!


-Radam G :

Lol.. Laser eyed robot refs.......nice.
There will be no robots inside the ring. Laser wiring in the gloves and ringside robots sitting in the judges seats would make the pugs break clinches or holdings by laser shocking them apart. And laser wiring in the gloves will correctly count punches. Holla!


-Froggy :

I think that you can based what may have happened on the tude of the ref. Richard Steel -- I believe that is the right ref -- would have stopped the bout and awarded it to Vargas, as he did to Chavez Sr over Melrick Taylor. And probably ex-ref Joe Cortez would have halted the match and would have awarded Vargas a TKO. Now refs Steve Stodger (name missed) would let it continue to the bell, as Tony Weeks would have done. And even a mixed-up ref Pat Russell would have let it go to the correct bell if he would have heard correctly. Holla!
Wasn't it Richard Steele [and I have great respect for him] that looked right in Mike Tyson's eyes and waved off the fight saying the man behind him [Razor Ruddock] was hurt ?


-amayseng :

I think that you can based what may have happened on the tude of the ref. Richard Steel -- I believe that is the right ref -- would have stopped the bout and awarded it to Vargas, as he did to Chavez Sr over Melrick Taylor. And probably ex-ref Joe Cortez would have halted the match and would have awarded Vargas a TKO. Now refs Steve Stodger (name missed) would let it continue to the bell, as Tony Weeks would have done. And even a mixed-up ref Pat Russell would have let it go to the correct bell if he would have heard correctly. Holla!
Smoger would have let it go on as the fighters changed and made it out to the parking lot to continue fighting


-Radam G :

Smoger would have let it go on as the fighters changed and made it out to the parking lot to continue fighting
Hehehehe! You got jokes! But that seems spot on with ref double SS. Holla!