Jessie Vargas (26-1, 9 KOs) is confident that he can make the undefeated Sadam Ali (22-0, 13 KOs) quit when the pair meet to slug it out in Washington, D.C. for the vacant WBO welterweight championship on March 5th.
During a conference call, Vargas stated “I’ve prepared myself for that fight to come in busy basically and not leave it up to the judges, just win a clear, decisive fight. And to be honest, like I said, my goal is to win by a KO.”
Vargas has battled for the WBO title before, against Timothy Bradley. Vargas lost on points but he was able to seriously hurt Timothy Bradley in the final minute of their world title clash before the referee controversially called an end to the bout eight seconds prematurely.
Vargas, however, doesn’t feel this fight will go that far, stating “He’s not on my level and I’m here to show this on fight day. I’m here to prove that he’s not on my level. Of course, I’m saying it but I’m going to prove it that night as well. It’s just two different breeds.”
With Bradley, the only blemish on Vargas’ record and a string of quality opponents on his resume, including; Khabib Allakhverdiev, Aron Martinez and Josesito Lopez, Vargas is certainly the more tested of the two.
“He doesn’t have the experience I have,” said Vargas. “I’ve been in there with world-class fighters in the beginning of my career. I’ve beaten several undefeated records already and I’m planning to do the same March 5th. He’s never had to really dig deep. He hasn’t been in those wars. And it’s something that he has inside that he’s going to…Something that he hasn’t experienced, he will experience in this fight.”
Ali, a 2008 U.S Olympian, acknowledged Vargas’ confidence on the call but laughed off his opponents claims
“This may piss him off, but honestly it makes me laugh,” said, Ali. “He’s really, really confident and that’s good. That’s the way a fighter should be. But make me quit? Ha. That is not an option for me.”