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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)

Brian Vera interviewed On The Ropes #184 with Jenna Jay, Doghouse Boxing.
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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 upset?

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 interesting myself.

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