By Ryan Burton
Newly crowned WBO welterweight champion Jessie Vargas (27-1) is ready to put his belt on the line and travel to IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook's backyard to unify titles.
In an article that ran on BoxingScene.com earlier this week, Brook's trainer Dominic Ingle said his fighter wasn't happy with the money being offered by his promoter Eddie Hearn. He said that as the champion, Brook feels he deserves to get the bigger purse.
The Las Vegas based Vargas found those comments amusing.
"He says that he is the champion but he forgets I am a champion as well. That is why they call it a unification fight - because it is two champions putting it all on the line. He isn't coming to Vegas. I am going out there. He needs to see the facts and what is right and reasonable for both. We hope the fight does come about and we hope he doesn't use that for an excuse to pull out of a fight," Vargas told BoxingScene.com.
"I know personally he pulled out of a fight against Diego Chaves and Devon Alexander and as I told my coach, hopefully he doesn't pull out because he has done it in the past and those fights never came about. They didn't postpone them. It was just they thought twice about it and said never mind. I hope that is not the case in this fight. We want to give the fans a great fight and we want to unify all the belt."
Vargas has already came to an agreement with his promoter Top Rank and reportedly will receive $1.7 million dollars for the fight. Vargas said that he has already signed his contract and that the ball is in Brook's court.
"Kell, let's get this over with. We agreed to it verbally a couple weeks back and I actually signed the contract on my end. I hope that you do as well. The fans want to see it so lets give it to them. I apologize to the fans out in the UK. We were supposed to have a press conference on June 20th and we were all signed up for it to go to the press conference and then a couple days before they said Kell Brook hadn't signed the contract yet. That isn't my fault. If the fight was still going on then that means the press conference should have still went on," Vargas said.
"The fans want to see it. The fans want to see both of us face to face and I wanted to give them that even though it was a long trip and a long flight but I wanted to give the fans that. I know they are very hyped for it.Unfortunately the waiting game is on and we have to see if Kell is willing to take on the fight or what is going on on his end but by this time it should have been all done."
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