Jessie Vargas vs. Timothy Bradley Boxing Preview, Pick, Odds, Prediction - 6/27/15
Boxing: Saturday, June 27, 2014 at 10:00 pm (Stubhub Center, Carson California)
The Line: Jessie Vargas +285 / Timothy Bradley -345 -- Over/Under: 9.5 See the Latest Odds
Jessie Vargas and Timothy Bradley fight Saturday night at the StubHub Center for the WBO Interim title.
Jessie Vargas enters this fight with a 26-0 record that includes nine knockouts. Vargas is coming off a November victory over Antonio DeMarco and this will be his fourth fight since 2014. Vargas is an athletic and rangy fighter who relies on combinations and creating holes in his opponent's defense. While Vargas has knocked out just 35 percent of his fighters, he has some underrated pop that can disrupt his opponents if not careful. The concern with Vargas is that he’s not highly experienced in big fights and doesn’t always use his length to his advantage. Vargas likes to go blow for blow at times, which won’t work in this fight. This will be Vargas’ ninth fight in Cali but first time at the StubHub Center.
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Timothy Bradley enters this fight with a 31-1-1 record that includes 12 knockouts. Bradley is coming off a December draw against Diego Gabriel Chaves and hasn’t won a fight since 2013 against Juan Manuel Marquez. Bradley is one of the smartest fighters in boxing and can beat you in a variety of different ways. Bradley is an accurate and quick puncher, who can hurt his opponent on the inside or outside with the counter. Bradley is at his best when he takes it round-by-round. The concern with Bradley is that he continues to fight outside of himself and tries to be this power puncher that he’s not. Going for the quick strike and the KO has hurt Bradley in his last couple of fights. This will be Bradley’s 26th fight in Cali but first time at the StubHub Center.
While Vargas is undefeated and should enter this fight with high confidence, he has yet to fight a fighter as experienced or talented as Bradley. Bradley is the more balanced fighter and will be able to put his experience against guys such as Manny Pacquiao and Ruslan Provodnikov to use in this bout.
Give me Bradley in a unanimous decision.