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Brian Vera Is On The Threshold Of Championship Glory: Interview by Michael Carpenter Harris II (Interview by Jenna J), Doghouse Boxing (Feb 6, 2013)
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There is a term
for a fighter in boxing who fights at a world championship level and
who the younger up and coming stars face as a rite of passage on
their road to world championship glory. The term for such a fighter
is a “gatekeeper”. In rare cases do these “gatekeepers”, once
branded with this title, confound convention and go on to become
reigning world champions. Brian Vera was one such fighter branded
with the title of “gatekeeper” but after a recent string of
exciting performances highlighted by Brian’s recent victory over
Sergei Dzinziruk, Brian Vera has transformed himself from gatekeeper
into a full blown contender with his sights set on none other than
triple G, Gennady Golovkin. Brian Vera spoke to On The Ropes Boxing
Radio/ Doghouse Boxing’s own Jenna J about his recent upset victory
over Sergei Dzinziruk on ESPN and what it might mean for his future.
JJ: Tell us about your performance.
BV: Surprisingly, he stayed in there
after how the first round went but I don’t think he was in the best
shape. I think he took me lightly and we took advantage of it. We
took advantage of the fact I think that he thought he was going to go
in there and have an easy fight.
JJ: You mentioned you were surprised he
got out of the first round where you had him down twice. Can you talk
about what was going through your head at the time?
BV: The first round was more like a…
he tripped up a little bit so I didn’t really look at it that way
but I was happy they counted it a knockdown. The second one yeah I
had him hurt with a right hand left hook and the way he went down he
looked like he was hurt pretty bad so he was able to get out of it
and I didn’t want to rush it too fast because I know he is
experienced and I didn’t want to give him too much of a chance to
wear me out.
JJ: One thing that was happening
throughout the night was that he just seemingly couldn’t avoid your
straight right hand and you definitely took advantage of that. Why do
you think he was unable to make any adjustments?
BV: We worked on that in camp, you know
throwing it from different angles and throwing it kind of making the
fight ugly moving my head and throwing the right hand off of that. I
think it was working and I think it threw him off because he couldn’t
figure out where it was coming from.
JJ: After this upset obviously your
back in the mix again. What do you think the win has done for you?
BV: I think it did great. They were
saying at the press conference before the fight that the winner
should get a real fight with Golovkin or one of the titleholders so I
got my fingers crossed hopefully something like that happens.
JJ: You mentioned Golovkin, I mean he’s
fought as high as 168 pounds. How do you think you would do against
somebody like Gennady Golovkin.
BV: I think I would do great. I think
that I’d be the style that would give him trouble because he’s
been fighting guys that run around, a lot of movers and I’d stay
right in the pocket and I think it would be a great fight.
JJ: His last fight was against Gabriel
Rosado, what did see in that match?
BV: He gets hit a lot but Gabe Rosado
is just a 154 pounder. He’s too small so it kind of went the way I
thought it was gonna go. He was gonna be too strong. He gave him a
little bit of trouble, not with his power but with his movement.
JJ: What do you think would be your
biggest advantage against Golovkin?
BV: My biggest advantage would be my
aggression. He’s used to having his way and always backing people
up but if we fought we would be right there. Nobody can fight going
backwards so that would be my advantage.
JJ: Tell us all about your position of
being the guy that comes in there as the underdog and pulling off the
BV: Now I wouldn’t have it no other
way. Making it more fun for my fans, my family, my friends. I think
every fight we have we expect that. I expect that. It makes me work
harder. It makes me want to go out there and surprise people. It
gives me a lot of drive. I don’t need that but it makes it more
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