VIDEO: Lanell ‘KO’ Bellows breaks down Tim Bradley’s victory over Jessie Vargas plus controversial ending
Tim Bradley defeated Jessie Vargas this past weekend in Southern California (Photo: Chris Farina / Top Rank)
By Chris Robinson
This past weekend, inside of the StubHub Center in Carson, Calif., two-division world champion Timothy Bradley defeated previously undefeated junior welterweight titlist Jessie Vargas over the course of 12 rounds.
A lot of Bradley’s best traits were on display during the HBO-televised attraction, including his sheer grit, volume-punching, and ability to fight in closed quarters. The Palm Springs native overcame a spirited effort from Vargas before pulling away for the decision.
Scores of 117-111, 116-112, and 115-112 were all read in Bradley’s favor, as he improved to 32-1-1 with 12 knockouts while Vargas drops to 26-1 with 9 stoppages.
Catching up with super middleweight prospect Lanell “KO” Bellows on Monday afternoon, he gave his take on the Bradley-Vargas matchup.
“Definitely Bradley won,” Bellows stated. “Jessie is my man. Bradley was a lot busier. His veteranship took over in the fight.”
In the closing seconds of the match, Vargas was able to break through with a crippling right hand that severely hurt Bradley. Vargas was unable to finish a dazed Bradley off, however, and it was later revealed that the fight was stopped by referee Pat Russell at the 2:53 mark, seven seconds before the bell should have sounded.
Vargas has since cried foul, insisting the precious time would have allowed him to finish Bradley. Bellows gave his take.
“After he hurt him and Tim Bradley was wobbled and going back, he had [thrown] a couple hooks and Bradley had managed to catch them,” Bellows explained. “I don’t think for that last seven to ten seconds, he was going to be able to close the deal. You never know. It was a great fight.”
Check out the full clip below for Bellows’ thoughts.
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