By Danny Wilson June 28th, 2015 All Boxing Results
WBA light welter titlist Jessie Vargas jumped up to welterweight last night at StubHub Center in Carson, CA but bit off more than he could chew as he was outfought by former two-weight world titlist Timothy Bradley in an exciting battle for the vacant Interim WBO crown.
Bradley started with a focused body attack in the first frame until Vargas caught his shorter rival with a good shot in the second round that shook "Desert Storm" but the Las Vegas man couldn't better his work as the more experienced Bradley gained time to recover.
After Bradley had worked out the timing of the punches of Vargas, he began to launch raiding tactics, nipping in to deliver salvos of shots before heading back on the outside.
But Bradley was throwing wild haymakers at times and the more disciplined Vargas punished him for that, landing crisp straight punches.
The middle rounds saw Bradley throwing and scoring more but Vargas continued to pick his spots and land well at times, he just was not busy enough due to having to deal with the continued forward motion of his antagonist.
By the later rounds, Vargas was tiring from the fast pace of the contest and his face began to swell from all the shots he'd taken but the younger man continued to score with single punches, although Bradley was clearly in control of the fight.
In the 12th and final round, Bradley was being cautious, staying away from Vargas and picking his spots but walked into a perfect right hand counter with just seconds remaining.
Bradley, hurt badly by the punch, stumbled and wobbled across the ring but was together enough to lay on the ropes and block the follow up attempts by Vargas before the pair clinched. More...