“I want to to fight a world championship fight hopefully after this fight. But first is Martinez. We are 100% focused on this fight…my eyes are on holding a title belt soon…In my radar is anyone with a belt in my division…Prediction, I’m coming in stronger than ever,” stated undefeated welterweight contender Jessie Vargas, who talked about his upcoming September 13 return to the ring, his future plans, and much more. Check it out!
SS: With Aaron Martinez next for September, what do you expect from him in terms of style?
JV: I expect him to come to fight. He is a good aggressive boxer, so I expect a fight.
SS: The victory over a very experienced Forbes was an impressive performance, brilliant tactical performance, with great use of the jab. Were you hoping to take a step up in opponent to elevate you to world title level or happy to face whatever Top Rank presented?
JV: It was a good performance; I outclassed a top boxer and that’s only having 1 week and a half to prepare for Forbes. My original opponent (Alfonso Gomez), he had pulled out last minute. My whole camp was for Gomez. When Forbes came in, we changed up our tactic a little bit being that he was a completely different style.
SS: This is your first fight with Top Rank Promotions. What are your short term goals with them? Get this fight out of the way and go for a title belt or get a few more fights first?
JV: I will fight anyone They put in front of me, but I want to to fight a world championship fight hopefully after this fight. But first is Martinez. We are 100% focused on this fight.
SS: With Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley signed with Top Rank, has there been any mention from Bob Arum about the possibility of facing those guys?
JV: Bob Arum did mention something about them. I hope to fight with them very soon.
SS: Out of the two, obviously Pacquiao would be the better payday, but sylistically, what would be the more suited fight for yourself?
JV: I adapt very well in the ring to any style. It doesn’t matter, but my eyes are on holding a title belt soon.
SS: Your victory over Josesito Lopez looks even more impressive after what he done to Ortiz and now facing Canelo. Up to now, is it safe to say that he has been your toughest fight? what did you learn coming away from that fight?
JV: I wouldn’t say that was my toughest fight. My toughest was a 8-round fight that I should have won easy, but didn’t prepare well for. It was a big learning experience. The Josesito fight was an exciting fight which I boxed very well. I will say that fight was fun for myself and entertaining for the fans. Josesito has always been a tough fighter. I wasn’t surprised with the results of the Ortiz fight. I learned how to fight the whole ten rounds (laughing). It was my first 10-round fight to go to distance.
SS: Working with Roger Mayweather is an opportunity most fighters would love to do. What is so good about Roger’s style? Above all else, what are the key things that Roger has taught you?
JV: Roger is a great trainer.Â I train with Robert Alcazar now. I have been training with him for 1 year now and I’m very comfortable with him.
SS: With the emergence of TMT Promotions, any regrets from yourself? And how successful do you expect TMT to be?
JV: No regrets. I expect them to be succesful. Floyd Mayweather and 50 cent are two very smart individuals that know a lot about the business.
SS: Much has been made of Floyd Mayweather’s role in the promotional company. You have had the privilege to work and learn from the best in the game. What was the best advice Floyd has given to you?
JV: Best advice is to be very smart in the ring, smarter than your opponent, and also to be the best fighter, you have to have a good offense, but even a better defense.
SS: With the exception of maybe Pacquiao and Bradley, who is on your radar in the near future?
JV: In my radar is anyone with a belt in my division.
SS: As a young Mexican fighter, who inspired you growing up getting into boxing?
JV: I started boxing because I wanted to be like my idol Julio Cesar Chavez. I fell in love with the sport and when I was a young kid, I said I wanted to be like Chavez and that I was going to be champion of the world.
SS: What length camp are you having for this fight, and how are preparations going?
JV: 8 weeks of hard work. Preparation is coming along great. I can’t wait for fight time.
SS: Do you have a prediction for the fight?
JV: Prediction, I’m coming in stronger than ever.
SS: To finish off, do you have a message for your fans?
JV: Thank you for following and I hope you enjoy the fight. I always come to give a great fight.
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