FORMER four-division world champion and Mexican boxing icon Erik “El Terrible” Morales is the new trainer for undefeated Jessie Vargas. Morales, who received the call a few days ago, is already in Vargas’ Las Vegas-based training camp preparing him for the biggest fight of his professional career, against former two-division world champion Timothy Bradley. Vargas (26-0, 9 KOs), a native of Los Angeles who now lives in Las Vegas, and Bradley (31-1-1, 12 KOs), from Palm Springs, California, will go mano a mano for the vacant World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight world title Saturday June 27 at StubHub Center in Carson, California.
These two gladiators boast a combined record of 57-1-1 (21 KOs) — a winning percentage of 97%.
“I am very religious so I began to pray for the right person to train me,” said Vargas. “Instantly, the name of Erik Morales came to me. I was able to track him down and he came right to our training camp in Las Vegas. I watched practically of all Erik’s big fights – the wars with Marco Antonio Barrera, the fights against Manny Pacquiao. Erik always fought hard and with all his heart. That’s who I want in my corner, someone who will give me everything they have to beat Bradley.”
“I’ve trained many fighters in Mexico. But Jessie is the best fighter I will be working with and this is the biggest fight, against Bradley,” said Morales. “We will win this fight. Jessie will put on pressure with intelligence and mix it up, using counter-punching. Bradley likes to go into his comfort zone in the ring. We will attack there too.”