By Jim Dower: Tim Bradley (31-1-1, 12 KOs) successfully weighed in today in coming in at 146.4 pounds for his fight against unbeaten Jessie Vargas (26-0, 9 KOs) on Saturday night from the StubHub Center in Carson, California. For his part, Vargas also came in at 146.4 pounds.
The two fighters then had a long and intense stare down with Vargas occasionally smiling jawing at Bradley. When they broke off the stare down, it seemed like Bradley was still upset from the things that Vargas has said to him.
Bradley really needs a win here to keep at the top. His promoter Bob Arum is talking about Bradley facing WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin in the fall in a pay-per-view bout. It wouldn’t be surprising if Arum looks to make this fight on September 26th because he wants to stage a pay-per-view card in Mexico. Arum is interested in having super middleweight contender Gilberto Ramirez on the card, as well as featherweight prospect Oscar Valdez and flyweight champ Roman Gonzalez vs. Brian Viloria. If Arum could add Bradley and Golovkin to the card, he’d have a nice card. That would be a very good addition to the card.
“I see a brawl starting off,” Vargas said after the weigh-in. “He’s going to coe out as soon as that bell rings and we’re going to engage until the end of it and we get a rest. You’re going to see who backs down. The Mexican fighter is always the stronger fighter, and always has the stronger will. I’m going to show it as soon as that bell rings. As soon as that bell rings, you’re going to see fireworks. I know it. I’m here to win. I’ve done and prepared very well for a victory this Saturday night, tomorrow night. I think my fans will be here supporting me, and we’re going to give the fans what they want to see, which is a great fight. We’ll get a victory for Team Vargas in Las Vegas, and bring the title back to Las Vegas,” Vargas said.
Bradley and Vargas will have the interim WBO welterweight title on the line for the fight. The fight will be televised on HBO Championship Boxing.
“I’m already in the top 10 pound for pound in my book,” Bradley said. “A win tomorrow is just another fight for me, another victory, beating another undefeated fighter on my quest to be in the Hall of Fame. This ain’t my first day at the rodeo. This is my fifth championship fight. I’m used to this. I’m used to the fighters saying they’re going to beat me, and they’re going to come out and defeat me, but they never do. So I’m used to it. No problem. We’ll see tomorrow night who is the best. Jessie Vargas is a young, undefeated fighter, undefeated champion, and has proven himself over and over again. He’s going to need to prove himself by beating me tomorrow night. So we shall see. Everybody tune in. Don’t miss this fight. It’s going to be an explosive fight, I’m tell you right now. He said he’s going to come get me. I’m going to see. As soon as I hit him upside his head, he’s going to back up. I already know. That’s how it’s going to go. He keeps talking about his Mexican strength and his Mexican pride and Mexicans are stronger than blacks and all that stuff. Man, I’m going to see tomorrow, man. We definitely going to see tomorrow. You see his body, you see my body. You know whose stronger. Exactly. I am,” Bradley said.
Other weights for the card:
Oscar Valdez 127.4 vs. Ruben Tamayo 129