It all started on Tuesday afternoon when former two-division champion Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley Jr. (31-1-1, 12 KOs), of Palm Springs, Calif., arrived at his fight week hotel and was asked about his upcoming welterweight fight against WBA 140-pound regular titlist Jessie Vargas (26-0, 9 KOs) of Las Vegas. After calling out both Vargas, and Vargas’ trainer, former mutli-division champion Erik Morales, one has to wonder if adding meat to the former vegan Bradley’s training diet excited his blood.
The fight takes place Saturday in Carson, California.
“Jessie Vargas? I’m going to whup his ass on Saturday! And if [trainer Erik] Morales got a problem and he wants some he can get some at the end of the year too. I’m going to beat his boy,” declared Bradley. “Then I can come back and I’ll beat his [Morales] behind. He can come out of retirement. We can fight at a catchweight – 154 pounds…200 pounds — and I’m going to whup your ass next! I’m fired up for this! Thank you for firing me up. That Saturday night is going to be a good night. It’s going to be a good night for Team Bradley. I’m going to walk out that ring with another belt strapped around me.”
When Vargas and Morales were confronted with Bradley’s statements at their media workout today here is what they had to say:
“I’m not surprised. He is cracking up from the pressure of fight week,” said Vargas. “He’s obviously very intimated by what he is about to face on Saturday night. This fight will be his downfall. I have had the greatest training camp. I have never felt stronger or hit harder. Erik has been an incredible trainer and who better to learn from then one of the greatest pound for pound champions of his era? We know everything about Bradley. This was a Jessie Vargas training camp in an Erik Morales style.”
“Bradley wants to fight me? Insane,” responded Morales, a former four-division champion and future Hall of Famer. “He should be worrying about Jessie giving him a rematch. Bradley needs to get by Jessie and he won’t. I assure you Jessie will win on Saturday and from the way Bradley is acting out, it sounds like he knows it.”
The Bradley vs. Vargas world welterweight championship fight takes place this Saturday, June 27th, under the starsat StubHub Center in Carson, Calif. The evening will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing, beginning at 9:45 p.m. ET/PT. It will mark HBO’s 1,000th televised fight.
The telecast will open with two-time Mexican Olympian Oscar Valdez (16-0, 14 KOs), from Nogales, Sonora, Mexico, making his HBO debut, in a ten-round featherweight rumble against Ruben “Canelito” Tamayo (25-5-4, 17 KOs), of Ciudad Obregon, Sonora, Mexico, Valdez, who represented Mexico in the 2008 and 2012 Olympics and was the first Mexican fighter to qualify for two Olympic games, is considered one of the bright lights of the featherweight division and a top prospect in boxing.
Tickets to the live event can be purchased online at http://www.axs.com, by telephone at (888) 929-7849 or at the StubHub Center box office, Monday – Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.