Vargas: If Brook is the top fighter at 147, why is he fighting Chaves?

Phil Jay 22/09/2015

Ex-super lightweight word champion Jessie Vargas has reacted to the news that current IBF belt holder Kell Brook is rated as the best 147 pound fighter in the post-Floyd Mayweather Ring Magazine ratings.

UK-based Brook has won all 35 of his bouts, including a standout win in the US against Shawn Porter in August 2014, but has decided to stay at home since scoring the greatest victory of his career.

Stoppages over Jo Jo Dan and Frankie Gavin in Britain have failed to set the world alight stateside and Brook is up against Argentinian Diego Chaves next, once again on home soil at Sheffield Arena.

Despite the lack of huge match-ups on Brook’s record, ‘The Special One’ is now rated number one, and Vargas says he would expect a higher calibre opponent to be in the opposite corner for the world’s premiere welterweight from now on.

“I haven’t seen much of Kell Brook so I can’t really say much on him being the top fighter at 147,” Vargas told World Boxing News.

“He’s young and has time to become better, but right now I can’t say I have seen lots of Brook.

“I saw his fight with Porter and he look good to become champion, but I think he needs to fight bigger names if he wants to be recognised as the best.

“If he is number one, then I don’t think he should be fighting Diego Chaves. He needs to come to the US more maybe to get some big name fighters,” he added.

Former 140 titlist Vargas, 26, made his debut at the higher limit against pound for pound star Timothy Bradley back in June and gave ‘Desert Storm’ some trouble before going down to a points defeat after a controversial twelfth round.

Vargas was led by referee Pat Russell to believe that he may have scored a stoppage when mistaking the ten-second klaxon for the final bell, leaving the Californian disappointed and subsequently side-stepped for a rematch.

A clash between Brook and Vargas could conceivably be a future event should the Yorkshireman decide to cross the Atlantic once more as a fight with compatriot and rival Amir Khan remains on the backburner.