Jessie Vargas Explains Delay in Kell Brook Fight

July 30, 2014, Las Vegas,Nevada ---   Undefeated (24-0) WBA Jr. Welterweight champion Jessie Vargas, the "Pride of Las Vegas" works out during media day Wednesday at the Top Rank Gym for his upcoming first title fight against undefeated (28-0) Anton Novikov from Chelyabinsk, Russia , Saturday, August 2 in the Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas and televised on HBO Boxing After Dark®.   Promoted by Top Rank®, in association with Tecate, tickets to the Rios vs. Chaves / Vargas vs. Novikov world championship event are available for purchase at www.cosmopolitanlasvegas.com or through Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000 and www.ticketmaster.com. Tickets are priced at $50, $75, $100, $150 and $200.   --- Photo Credit : Chris Farina - Top Rank (no other credit allowed) copyright 2014

Jessie Vargas

By: Alex Beard (@alex_beard17)

WBO welterweight champion Jessie Vargas has lifted the lid on why his long-awaited unification bout with IBF champion Kell Brook is taking so long to be confirmed.

The fight was initially expected to be staged on September 3 in Brook’s hometown of Sheffield, however unexpected delays have left fans of both fighters’ wondering what’s taking so long.

According to Vargas: “I signed my part of the deal a month ago but things have changed and I want to update and apologize to my fans.

“The date for my next fight has been changed due to the fact that Brook is having trouble signing his end of the deal. Thank you for your support and I will keep you informed.”

Vargas was expected to fight outside the US for just the second time in his career, the first being a visit to Macau where he beat Antonio DeMarco via decision, but it seems fans may have to wait for his trip to the UK.

Any prospective bout between the two fighters’ would represent Vargas’ first defence of the title he won in March where he stopped the previously unbeaten Sadam Ali in 9 rounds. Brook, on the other hand, would be putting his strap on the line for the fourth time having stopped Jo Jo Dan, Frankie Gavin and Kevin Bizier previously.

For Brook, this fight was a step in the right direction after those defences against sub-par opposition, while the bout would also go a long way to deciding the pecking order in a stacked welterweight division.

Let’s hope the issues delaying the confirmation of this fight are resolved soon.

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