Despite odd ending, Bradley dominates Vargas
- Updated: June 27, 2015
Timothy ‘Desert Storm’ Bradley scored a one-sided, yet still controversial decision win over Jessie Vargas in the main event of an HBO televised card from the Stub Hub Center in Carson, California.
Bradley (32-1-1, 12KO), dominated a majority of the fight, setting the pace and tone of the fight from the outset.
There were not many moments where Bradley did not look in charge, until the final moments of the bout where Vargas (26-1, 9KO) was able to stun Palm Spring’s Bradley with a right hand.
Referee Pat Russell then waived off the bout with 10 seconds still left in the fight. Many felt that Vargas was deprived of his opportunity to finish Bradley.
However, Bradley has shown resiliency in the past, even in the same venue, when he engaged in the 2013 Fight of the Year bout against Ruslan Provodnikov. Bradley was down late in that fight and was even forced to take a knee, but in doing so, he did what it took to get the W.
If Vargas had extra time to down Bradley, it would not be uncommon to see Bradley get back up and maintain his presence in the fight.
“He caught me with a good shot at the end,” Bradley said.
“The ref thought that he heard the bell. I was good enough. I could have maintained. I grabbed hold of him toward the end of the fight and I was squeezing him so tight it was like his mom was holding him.
The crowd of around 5,000 was not pleased with referee Russell’s decision, but were still treated to moments of action during the fight, although most of it came from Bradley’s gloves.
Vargas recorded his first loss, and immediately asked to avenge his first ring defeat.
“Can I get a rematch, man?” asked Vargas.
“Hey, we can do it again,” replied Bradley.
Russell, a very well respected California judge who also refereed the 2013 Bradley/Provodnikov fight, gave his opinion after the fight.
“It was very loud in that 12th round and I thought I heard the bell and the fight was over when the bell went off,” Russell said.
Upon watching the replay of the ending sequence, Russell added, “[Bradley’s] hurt. He’s still hurt and still on his feet. He’s working a bit, he’s in it. Sounded like the bell to me. But you don’t always hear the 10-second warning. You’d like to, but what I thought I heard was the bell. I made the call that I made based upon what I heard. That’s all I can say. It was an honest call based on an honest reaction.”