Tim Bradley survives weird finish, beats Vargas for WBO belt

Jun 28, 2015 1:24 AM by Ross Field

CARSON, Calif. (AP) - Timothy Bradley got rocked in the final minute and survived a confusing finish to beat Jessie Vargas by unanimous decision Saturday night, claiming the interim WBO welterweight title.

Bradley (32-1-1) controlled most of his bout against the previously unbeaten Vargas, but the former two-division champion was hurt by a hard right that nearly knocked him down. The fight went on as Bradley recovered somewhat, but referee Pat Russell apparently stopped the fight 10 seconds early, thinking the 10-second warning was the bell to end the bout.

Bradley won 117-111, 116-112 and 115-112 on the scorecards, bouncing back from a winless 2014 - but not before a wild scare at the end.

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