Jessie Vargas Calls Out Keith Thurman
Former super lightweight and welterweight champion Jessie Vargas made a return to the ring in December with a unanimous decision win over Aaron Herrera. But if you ask Vargas, it wasn’t the first choice of a comeback bout he had in mind.
As reported by Boxing Scene, Vargas wanted his comeback bout to be against reigning WBA/WBC Welterweight Champion Keith Thurman. Vargas, however, said he was told about Thurman’s injury and that he wouldn’t be available, causing him to go to Herrera instead.
Thurman underwent surgery following his 2017 title win over Danny Garcia. He is scheduled to return and defend his titles on May 19, against an opponent still yet to be named at this time. Thurman has denied fighting Vargas, calling 2018 a comeback year and stating he wants to face others before saying someone higher-level like Vargas.
And Vargas did not take too kindly to those words.
“I am ranked #3 by the WBC so I don’t see any issue in getting this fight made,” Vargas said. “Especially with him saying I am a tune-up fight. If that is the way he feels why is he backing out now? He is getting cold feet and I don’t know why. Once you say this guy is an easy fight and then a month later you say he isn’t an easy fight and you want an easier fight. Those words shouldn’t be coming out of the mouth of a champion. That has me eager to prove him wrong.
Apparently, he must have changed his mind and thought it through and found out I am not a tune-up. Only a coward backs out from what he says so he better step up to the plate. We can make this fight happen. The minute he agrees then the fight will be made. It’s that easy.
Original Story: Boxing Scene