Story by: Chip Mitchell
Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley, Jr. (32-1-1, 12 KOs) scored a twelve round unanimous decision over previously undefeated WBA super lightweight world champion Jessie Vargas (26-1, 9 KOs) to acquire the vacant WBO welterweight strap last night at StubHub Center in Carson, California.
Bradley was the aggressor from the start one and kept Vargas on his back foot throughout the fight.
The early rounds were close but Bradley seemed to take the fight over around the fourth. Bradley continued to take the fight to Vargas, but went into cruise control in the two rounds preceding the final stanza.
The fight moved into the final 30 seconds of the twelfth and Bradley, seemingly ahead, decided to put his staple on the fight. His aggressiveness almost cost him with less than 25 seconds to go.
As Bradley and Vargas both let go big right hands, Bradley missed and Vargas staggered Bradley with a huge looping right hand in the closing seconds. Bradley staggered around the ring in big trouble and tied the charging Vargas up with about twelve to go.
As the ten second clap sounded, referee Pat Russell mistakenly thought the round ended and called the fight with about seven seconds remaining. That’s the way the fight ended and it went to the cards. Scores were 116-112, 117-111, 115-112 for Bradley.
Bradley said he’d give Vargas a rematch after Vargas asked him. I see no reason as Bradley, at 31, needs bigger fights from a legacy perspective.