"I've been in there with some good fighters and entertaining fights. My last fight of course wasn't what my fans are used to seeing me in and in this next fight, I am definitely coming to impress and entertain and to show that my next fight should be with an elite fighter, against the top guys...It's really a pleasure to be a part of it. It's one of the biggest fights of the year. Martinez is one of the greatest pound-for-pound and Chavez Jr. has shown to be a great fighter who is improving a lot, and it's a special day September 15th and I'm just glad to be a part of it, and I can't wait to entertain," stated undefeated welterweight contender Jessie Vargas, who talked about his return to the ring this September, his future plans, and much more. Check it out!
PC: Jessie, you have a new home over at Top Rank. You have a fight coming up in September. How do you feel?
JV: Well, we just getting into it now. We have been training for about 2 weeks now and staying in shape and putting in the road work. It's just the beginning. The training camp hasn't even started to tell you the truth. We still have more than 2 months before the fight on September 15th and we are just happy to come back in September.
PC: Is there an opponent right now or is the search on for that?
JV: You know what? Not yet. Cameron still has to come back to me with that information. I don't have that information just yet.
PC: In your last fight, you were in a short-notice fight against crafty veteran Steve Forbes. What did you take away from that fight?
JV: I learned that you have to know how to switch the tempo of the fight. I know he was a very experienced fighter. We really didn't have time to prepare for his style. We trained for him 7 days before the fight. Our original opponent was Alfonso Gomez and then 7 days before the fight, they switched it to Steve Forbes, which was a completely different fighter; completely opposite. Our training camp was already finished. But we had to adjust to what we had to do and what I learned from it was that I should have switched the tempo a little bit, put some pressure on him, and maybe got him out of there. I know I hurt him in a few rounds and I should have followed up. But that's about it. This next fight, I will capitalize on that and I'm going to come in much more aggressive.
PC: What made Top Rank the right place for Jessie Vargas?
JV: Well, at the end of the day, it's business and you're going to go with who is offering you more and that's what happened. It's a great company and I'm happy to be a part of it.
PC: Bob Arum always keeps a good stable of fighters around the welterweight division. Was that another reason you decided to sign with him, because of the possibility of some of the fighters at 147 on his roster?
JV: They do have some elite fighters at 47, which is my weight class, and I'm looking forward to be fighting against them very soon. This is a good opportunity to shine and show everybody who Jessie Vargas is as a fighter. I've shown them many of times with Tyner and Josesito Lopez. I've been in some great matchups; and Vivian Harris, when I was only 15-0, so I've been in there with some good fighters and entertaining fights. My last fight of course wasn't what my fans are used to seeing me in and in this next fight, I am definitely coming to impress and entertain and to show that my next fight should be with an elite fighter, against the top guys.
PC: Chavez vs. Martinez is a huge fight and a much anticipated pay-per-view. What is it like to be a part of such a huge card in your first fight with Top Rank?
JV: It's really a pleasure to be a part of it. It's one of the biggest fights of the year. Martinez is one of the greatest pound-for-pound and Chavez Jr. has shown to be a great fighter who is improving a lot, and it's a special day September 15th and I'm just glad to be a part of it, and I can't wait to entertain.
PC: Seeing a guy that you defeated, like Josesito Lopez, move up and beat Victor Ortiz and now he's going to challenge Canelo at 154, does that tempt you to move up or are you staying on your path and plan?
JV: I'm moving along with my career. I'm not worried about anyone else. I beat Josesito Lopez in September. He's doing good right now and I'm happy for him. He's a nice guy. I don't know him very well, but he seems like a nice guy. He's good. When they mentioned he was fighting Victor, I knew that was going to be a tough fight for Victor; for both fighters. I knew that it was a possibility that once Victor got to see how tough Josesito was, the fight would maybe change and that's what happened. Lopez is a great fighter with a big heart. To beat Lopez, you have to have a bigger heart and, (laughing) how can I say this...
PC: Bigger balls?
JV: Yeah, than he does, and you have to show him that you have balls. Josesito has a chance. I mean, Canelo gets hit easy and Josesito is a tall, rangy fighter. He is a 140-pounder and I think that's going to be the difference in this fight. I wish him the best. If he wants a rematch, he knows where to find me (laughing). I don't have a reason to ask for a rematch, I beat him, but if he wants it, he knows where I'm at.
PC: Your fight is in September. Do you think that's the last time we see you this year or would you like to squeeze in another fight at the end of the year?
JV: Personally, I would like to squeeze another one in, but first we go in September and then I will have to speak to Cameron and see if we can come back again.
PC: What are your short term goals? Where would you like to be this time next year?
JV: By May of 2013, I want to be fighting for a title.
PC: Keep me posted on what you have going on, especially when you find out your opponent for September. Is there anything you want to say in closing?
JV: I want to thank you very much. I will come to impress. That way, Top Rank will give me a #1, #2 or #3 fighter. I want a top-notch fighter, whoever it is, and I just want to be up there.