Lumikha ng ingay ang pagkopo ng Amerikanong si Jessie Vargas sa bakanteng WBO welterweight title na dating hawak ng kababayan niyang si Timothy Bradley kaya gusto niyang magkaroon ng rematch sa unang boksingerong nagpalasap sa kanya ng pagkatalo.
Tinalo ni Vargas via 9th round TKO ang dating walang talong si Sadam Ali ng United States noong Linggo at kaagad niyang ipinaalam ang intensiyong magkaroon ng rematch sa dating WBO 147 pounds titlist na si Bradley na lalaban naman kay eight-division world titlist sa Abril 9 sa Las Vegas, Nevada.
“My new chief trainer Dewey Cooper showed me a new technique to develop more power. It was a move to turn my hips more and drive in the power. I felt strong walking to the ring,” sabi ni Vargas sa Fightnews.com. “It burns me how my last fight against Bradley went down. It was wrong. But Top Rank got me a title fight and I trained hard with a new team. I only want one fight which I deserve to get, a rematch with Bradley. I don’t care if he beats Pacquiao or not, I want Bradley.”
Sinabi naman ni Top Rank big boss Bob Arum sa BoxingScene.com na lulutuin niya na labanan ni Vargas ang magwawagi sa Pacquiao-Bradley bout.
“Maybe we’ll wait for the Bradley fight so see if we can put him (Vargas) in there with the winner of Bradley-Pacquiao,” sabi ni Arum. “It’s up to the winner of the fight but it’s definitely the fight I want to make, Vargas vs the winner of Pacquiao-Bradley.”
Dating boksingero si Vargas ng Mayweather Promotions pero lumipat siya sa Top Rank matapos hindi makakuha ng magagandang laban.
“This was the best performance of his career,” paglalarawan ni Arum sa performance ni Vargas. “We always knew he had this in him. I think he had a great training camp and it showed in his performance. We knew he had punching power but he could never let his hands go. You seen it in the last round of the Bradley fight that his power was there and you saw it tonight.”
“Trainer deserves tremendous credit. We saw what they were doing in the training camp, they had great chemistry and we knew based off that we felt he was going to put on a performance,” dagdag ni Arum na tumangging ireto si Vargas kay WBO junior welterweight champion Terence Crawford. “I got other paths for Crawford.” (Gilbert Espeña)