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Vargas considers Brook unification offer, weary of UK judging

Phil Jay 12/05/2016

📷 Chris Farina

WBO welterweight champion Jessie Vargas has confirmed that a unification with IBF title holder Kell Brook is on the cards for the summer.

Vargas, 27, won a second weight world title in March when defeating the previously unbeaten Sadam ‘World Kid’ Ali via ninth round stoppage and is now looking to further enhance his reputation.

Potential opponent Brook is in a similar position to Vargas having made three low-key defences of his belt in his hometown of Sheffield since a shock points victory over Shawn Porter on US soil back in August 2014.

Brook once again hopes to seal British comforts when he puts his championship on the line in the coming months, although Vargas is unsure of accepting the fight due to some bad judging decisions across the pond in recent times.

“I only ask that I get a fair decision,” said Vargas, according to UK tabloid The Daily Star.

“He was treated with a lot of fairness when he came to the US and I would expect the same when I go to England.

“I know it is not my hometown but we gave him respect when he came on our turf. All I deserve and want is the same respect in return.”

“I know people in England are big boxing fans and would respect a unification fight.

“If the fight was to happen in England I would come with the mentality to entertain the fans.

“I’m just hoping that in return for that I would get a fair fight and what I mean by that is fair judging.”

It was first thought that Brook may head back over to America in his bid to improve his status in the division ahead of some possibly massive encounters in the next few years. Unifying the belts without leaving home seems a shrewd move by Hearn though and Brook would be a huge favourite against Vargas should be fight be agreed.

Holding two straps at 147 immediately places Brook as the main man in the division, barring Floyd Mayweather’s imminent return, and would instantly capture the attention of Danny Garcia, Keith Thurman and rival Amir Khan for future clashes.

On the other hand, Vargas could do likewise with a smash and grab job in Yorkshire and set up a rematch with Timothy Bradley following their controversial first meeting in June 2015, which remains the Californian’s only loss in 28.