A 12-round welterweight bout on June 27 will see two division title holder and pound for pound rated Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley Jr square-off against unbeaten World Boxing Association (WBA) super lightweight World Champion Jessie Vargas. The event will be televised live on HBO from the StubHub Center in Carson, California as announced by at an L.A press conference on Monday. The event is promoted by Top Rank and the broadcast will begin at 9:45 pm PT/ET.
“I’m excited to be back in the ring,” Bradley (31-1, 12 knockouts), who was winless in 2014 having dropped a unanimous decision to Manny Pacquiao last April and being held to a controversial draw by Diego Chaves in December, stated in a press release. “I look forward to the challenge and taking away his ‘0’ from him on June 27.”
Bradley in the past has faced the likes of Pacquiao, Juan Manuel Marquez, Lamont Peterson and Ruslan Provodnikov with whom he battled it out for the Fight of the Year in a unanimous decision victory in 2013. Vargas (26-0, 9 KO’s) seems thrilled to be in the fight with Bradley and would be eager to prove the world that he is one of the best and stated:
“I am thrilled to have this fight, I will be facing a very talented fighter and when you have two great talents with a lot of heart it always makes for a great fight. I always elevate my game against better competition. I am ready to show and prove that I am one of the best fighters out there. There is not one doubt in my mind that everyone will enjoy this fight. I look forward to giving the fans the best of Jessie Vargas on June 27. “
“The last time Timothy Bradley, Jr., entered the ring at the StubHub, he left having given the fans the fight of the year,” said Peter Nelson, Vice President of programming, HBO Sports. “Now, he returns for his 2015 debut against one of boxing’s undefeated rising attractions, Jessie Vargas, in a fight that augurs to have great action and impact in the loaded welterweight division.”Published 19 May 2015, 13:10 IST