Two Good Guys, Tim “Desert Storm” Bradley & Jessie Vargas

Standing face to face, Jessie Vargas cracked a smile as Timothy Bradley looked up at him in mock derision.

These are two of prizefighting’s nicest guys. It was a theme repeated numerous times at the press conference held by Top Rank at the Conga Room on Monday.

“They’re two of the absolute best guys to be in boxing,” said Roy Jones Jr., who trains Vargas and admires Bradley. “Two wonderful personalities.”

Bradley (31-1-1, 12 Kos), the former WBO welterweight titlist and Vargas (26-0, 9 Kos), the current WBA junior welterweight titlist, will meet on Saturday, June 27, at the StubHub Center in nearby Carson, Calif. Both will be fighting for the WBO welterweight title vacated by Floyd Mayweather. HBO will be televising the Top Rank event.

It’s amazing to me personally when you see prizefighters that evolve to the top of their class in the fight game. I remember watching Bradley’s very first fight in the boxing ring 11 years ago in Corona, Ca. I also remember watching Vargas’ second pro bout at Pechanga Resort Casino in Temecula, Ca.

Both Bradley and Vargas stood out. One could easily see they were a cut above the others as soon as the bell rang early in their careers. Bradley’s speed was blinding for his first pro opponent Francisco Martinez, who was also making his pro debut back in 2004. After two one-sided rounds, the fight ended in a knockout win for the “Desert Storm.” Five fights later Bradley was still too good for those placed in front of him, until he fought veteran Justo Almazan in a fight that went the full six rounds.

Vargas’ second pro fight took place in late 2008 against Trenton Titsworth, who was so frustrated that he could not defend against the Las Vegas youngster that he kissed Vargas a couple of times on the face. It angered Vargas, who did not know how to react so he attacked even more viciously that night. Titsworth was deducted a point for lack of professionalism. I guess his kiss was not done properly. After the fight, Vargas was still perplexed by the actions of his opponent that day. But he emerged the winner and it was obvious he had outstanding talent.

Now, here they are ready to do battle against each other. Two pretty good guys and when it comes to prizefighting, they’re the cream of the crop. Out of thousands and thousands of registered prizefighters, these two are among the very top.

It’s pretty amazing when you think about it. Thousands of boxers enter the pro ranks with hopes of becoming a world champion. They envision winning title belts and signing million dollar contracts. Some even think of merely being able to box as a job. At least for a while.

Bradley and Vargas have both won world titles and will earn enough to tuck some money away for a rainy day. But money aside, pride can be just as big a motivator as money. Vargas and Bradley may like each other but years from now one will say they beat the other.

Several years back, former fighter and referee Lou Filippo – who passed away in 2009 – was at a Hall of Fame dinner when another former fighter from the 1940s spoke about beating him in a Mexico City fight. Now both of these guys were clearly in their late 70s or early 80s but Filippo was so infuriated he had to confront the other gray-haired gentleman to get the story straight. Fifty years had passed but Filippo was not going to hear that the other guy claimed he was robbed of a win. “I kicked the guy’s ass,” said an angry Filippo, who clearly remembered their encounter in the ring as if it were yesterday.

Bradley and Vargas will remember it just as clearly 50 years from now too.

“Tim and I give our all in the ring. It’s why we respect each other,” said Vargas.

Bradley remembers when he was a young undefeated fighter with a world title belt wrapped around his waist.

“This fight is not easy,” Bradley said. “I’m nervous. “This is a kid undefeated and a world champion.”

Bradley said he remembers being that hungry.

“This kid’s dangerous,” Bradley said. “I got to be ready for that.”

— Photo Credit : Al Applerose

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COMMENTS

-Radam G :

It is a hard pick in this fight. I'm calling it a controversial for TB. Holla!


-amayseng :

TB by easy UD Vargas is a C+ fighter imho


-SouthPawFlo :

Bradley is the better fighter, but he's been in too many recent wars and his best days may be behind him, he looked mediocre vs Chavez... Vargas has the looks and the good record that Bob arum can market as a possible opponent for Pacman, T. Crawford or Mikey Garcia if he ever gets back in the ring.... I'm going Vargas in a close decision...


-Radam G :

Wow! The buzz is loud about the winner of this scrap will dance with Sadam Ali in Abu Dhabi. Da BobFather is taking the world. First the Orient, now Arabia. Eat your heart out, tsAH! Holla!


-brownsugar :

Bradley is going swarm this guy. But he'd better not go completely buck wild. Jesse has mastered the fundamental mechanics of boxing , if Bradley tries too hard to turn a boxing match into a fight like he did when he drew against dirty fighting, hard punching yet undisciplined Chavez, things could get dicey. I'm picking Ali to beat whomever wins, I may be wrong but I think this guy is going all the way to the top...and will be the next guy to ko Pacman.


-Radam G :

Bradley is going swarm this guy. But he'd better not go completely buck wild. Jesse has mastered the fundamental mechanics of boxing , if Bradley tries too hard to turn a boxing match into a fight like he did when he drew against dirty fighting, hard punching yet undisciplined Chavez, things could get dicey. I'm picking Ali to beat whomever wins, I may be wrong but I think this guy is going all the way to the top...and will be the next guy to ko Pacman.
Not a bright thought because even if he is as good as you believe, he won't fight "Pacman." First! It would be stupid for Ali. He stinks. He is your worst pick, since you were all buzzed about "the Black Russian." That was/is one of the worst pugs out of Russia in a long time. And Ali is the same for New York. Holla!


-brownsugar :

Not a bright thought because even if he is as good as you believe, he won't fight "Pacman." First! It would be stupid for Ali. He stinks. He is your worst pick, since you were all buzzed about "the Black Russian." That was/is one of the worst pugs out of Russia in a long time. And Ali is the same for New York. Holla!
I seriously doubt Pac will fight Ali first RG, .... I never said that. I said "next Knockout", there's a difference. Yes Ismayl Sillach was my worst pic, I'm flattered you even remember that. And yet I'm sticking my head on the chopping block again. I must say however that my average is pretty decent. I could have been a gambler. Its still a ways off but I'm rolling the dice again on Ali. Terrific potential matchup with either Bradley or Vargas, the creme is finally rising to the top. Can't wait to see how the welterweight division shakes out over the next 12 months.


-Radam G :

I seriously doubt Pac will fight Ali first RG, .... I never said that. I said "next", there's a difference. Yes Ismayl Sillach was my worst pic, I'm flattered you even remember that. And yet I'm sticking my head on the chopping block again. I must say however that my average is pretty decent. I could have been a gambler. Its still a ways off but I'm rolling the dice again on Ali. Terrific potential matchup with either Bradley or Vargas, the creme is finally rising to the top. Can't wait to see how the welterweight division shakes out over the next 12 months.
Of course, Da Manny would never fight Ali. There is no value in it. Ali is not known by 13 people outsize of New York. And he does not have the complexion to get big-cash connection. This is why, Da BobFather is taking his arse all the way to the Arab Gulf. Ali has a ethnic and religious catch and connection there. The game is about hooking up for prize. And that is the yummy size. Holla!


-Shoulder Roll Defense :

Vargas wins a close decision with Roy in his corner. Tim doesn't have pop, but he still has the most dangerous head butt in the business.


-Shoulder Roll Defense :

Bradley is going swarm this guy. But he'd better not go completely buck wild. Jesse has mastered the fundamental mechanics of boxing , if Bradley tries too hard to turn a boxing match into a fight like he did when he drew against dirty fighting, hard punching yet undisciplined Chavez, things could get dicey. I'm picking Ali to beat whomever wins, I may be wrong but I think this guy is going all the way to the top...and will be the next guy to ko Pacman.
There are a handful of guys in the game that KO or out class Pacquiao. The gig has been up for quite some time and he better stay away from the likes of fighters named Crawford, Thurman, Imam, etc. I like Pac, but he has to matched very carefully. Maybe Bob will put him in against Rios or Algieri again so he can build some confidence again lol.


-brownsugar :

There are a handful of guys I'm the game that KO or out class Pacquiao. The gig has been up for quite some time and he better stay away from the likes of fighters named Crawford, Thurman, Imam, etc. I like Pac, but he has to matched very carefully. Maybe Bob will put him in against Rios or Algieri again so he can build some confidence again lol.
Ditto, I've heard that sentiment echoed many times by some of the savvy posters on this site. It wasn't until I saw MayPac that I actually believed it.


-Radam G :

There are a handful of guys I'm the game that KO or out class Pacquiao. The gig has been up for quite some time and he better stay away from the likes of fighters named Crawford, Thurman, Imam, etc. I like Pac, but he has to matched very carefully. Maybe Bob will put him in against Rios or Algieri again so he can build some confidence again lol.
Money May better stay away from them too. Those fighters would kayo him. Especially Thurman. The gig comes to an end for all pugs. Holla!


-Radam G :

Vargas wins a close decision with Roy in his corner. Tim doesn't have pop, but he still has the most dangerous head butt in the business.
I think that Tim out hustles Vargas, who also has no pop. Holla!


-Radam G :

Also, Money May nor Da Manny would fight those pugs anyway. There is not enough money for the risks. It is prize fighting, not pride fighting. Why would Money May or Da Manny fight that young blood for $20mil of so, when they can fight each other or soft-chinned Amir Khan and even skill-less Sadam Ali in Abu Dhabi for a $100mil or so? My friends, you don't understand the purpose for scrapping, especially at an old age for boksing. And middle age for living. This is boxing, not golf. In boxing years, Da Manny is 70. And Money May is 77. They are fighting other old soul, like Marquez. Who is 85. And even 3g is old as almost at 34. He is 65 in boxing years. Holla!


-Froggy :

TB by easy UD Vargas is a C+ fighter imho
Ditto !


-Radam G :

Chris Algieri might beat Amir Khan or fight him to a draw. And if this is so, Lil Floyd may be dancing with C-Al in September. Lil Floyd is not crazy. He too will fight the "Algieri and Rios." And Lil Floyd always fight in scraps where he has the advantages. TsAH will definitely match him easy. Always does. Optical illusions are everywhere. And the theatre of the unexpected always shows. Holla!


-Shoulder Roll Defense :

Chris Algieri might beat Amir Khan or fight him to a draw. And if this is so, Lil Floyd may be dancing with C-Al in September. Lil Floyd is not crazy. He too will fight the "Algieri and Rios." And Lil Floyd always fight in scraps where he has the advantages. TsAH will definitely match him easy. Always does. Optical illusions are everywhere. And the theatre of the unexpected always shows. Holla!
Chris Algieri is going to be spanked like a toddler. Virgil Hunter has taken Khan to another level and has made him more of a disciplined fighter. Chris has never been in a fight with a fighter as fast and rangy as Khan; heck I wouldn't be suprised if Chris gets TKOed!


-Radam G :

Chris Algieri is going to be spanked like a toddler. Virgil Hunter has taken Khan to another level and has made him more of a disciplined fighter. Chris has never been in a fight with a fighter as fast and rangy as Khan; heck I wouldn't be suprised if Chris gets TKOed!
We will see. And Chris is taller than Khan with longer arms than Khan. So forget the rangy nonsense. VH cannot do anything to improve Amir's chin. He will get clipped. He will not be close to TKOing C-Al. And C-Al has nice speed to off set Khan's shoe shinning. I'm going with Khan getting a fairly-close decision. But an upset or a robbery for C-Al would not surprise me. Holla!