Exclusive Interview With Brian Vera - "Hopefully Me And Andy Lee Can Fight Again"
by James Slater , photo by Peter Mark Heintzelman / ESB - Fresh off his exciting and impressive 3rd-round TKO win over former IBF middleweight title challenger Sebastien Demers of Canada, 28-year-old Brian Vera is back in the hunt for big fights. The Demers win, which improved Vera's record to 17-4(11) potentially sets the former "Contender" up for another important bout.
Article posted on 18.06.2010
Very kindly taking time out to speak with me about his recent win, his plans for the future, including a possible return with Ireland's Andy Lee, and other things, Brian had the following things to say earlier today:
James Slater: Thanks for taking the time to speak with me, Brian. First of all, congratulations on the great win over Sebastian Demers last Friday.
Brian Vera: Thank you. Yes, it was good.
J.S: You said beforehand that you pretty much knew that fight was make or break for you. In hindsight, do you think you fought one of your best fights? You looked great in that 3rd-round.
B.V: Yeah, we worked hard. We'd lost the last three fights, but the fight in New York [against Isaac Rodrigues in February], we thought we'd won that, but got a bad decision. We were kind of robbed in that fight. But we're working on me fighting a more disciplined fight now, not going as crazy in there..
J.S: Were you surprised you stopped Demers so quickly?
B.V: Yeah, I thought he'd be stronger. I didn't think it would go that early. But I'll take it (laughs).
J.S: You broke that bad spell of three straight losses, as you know, but you think you won the fight before Demers?
B.V: Yeah, we kind of got robbed, but we didn't let it get us down - we went straight back to the gym.
J.S: Now that you're back in great form, what's next for you?
B.V: Right now, I'm just enjoying this win, but I hope we get a call, offering us something good. Like a rematch with Andy Lee maybe. But we have to be smart about what we do. It can be risky going places to fight, when you could get robbed there.
J.S: Talking about that rematch with Andy Lee; I've read a few different things - you want a second fight but he doesn't, he wants it but you don't. What's the story?
B.V: Well, my old management never really had the opportunity to speak with his people, my former management weren't too good to me, actually - kind of throwing me to the wolves and things like that. But I'm willing to do it. I respect him [Lee], he's been winning his fights and it would be a great fight again.
J.S: You fought up at 168 against Demers, whereas Lee fights at middleweight. Would you want a return to be at 168?
B.V: No, we did that [fought up at 168] against Demers because we knew he was moving up, and that he wasn't a true super-middleweight. I'm willing to go down to 160, I can still make the weight and be strong there. I'd push for the fight to be at 160, but 162/ 163 would be okay. I'm not sure what weight Lee would want it at exactly, but hopefully we can do the fight.
J.S: One of the things the fans like about you, Brian, is that win or lose you are always in exciting fights. Is that something that is important to you, being a crowd-pleaser?
B.V: Yeah it is. I like to make it fun to watch. I don't like watching boring fights, so I try to make my fights exciting. But I have to be more smart about it now, not take too many punches.
J.S: Do you still feel you can win a major title at either middle or super-middleweight?
B.V: I think so, that's the main goal, and that's why I'm still doing it.
J.S: Who would your dream fight be against as far as facing a champion?
B.V: Well, Sergio Martinez. It was Kelly Pavlik, but I guess he's out of the picture right now. I always wanted to fight Jermain Taylor, but he's gone now too. I guess Sergio Martinez is the main man now, and a fight with him would be great. But if that fight with Andy Lee was offered to me beforehand, I'd like to sit down and look at that as well.
J.S: I saw on an interview with you on You Tube, and you said you'd like to retire at age 30. You're 28 now, do you still plan to retire at 30?
B.V: I said I would like to do that, but realistically it's not gonna happen (laughs). I don't know, maybe 32 or 33, maybe I'll retire than. But I'm changing my style, so to not get hit so much, and maybe that way I'll be able to last longer. I'd say I've got a good seven fights left in me at least. I actually want to stay more active. My old management, they got me around two fights a year, and ideally I'd like four fights a year.
J.S: Well, you are enjoying you win from Friday, and you fully deserve to of course, but is there any idea yet when you will fight again?
B.V: The guy I'm with now [manager], he's looking at getting something for August, so hopefully I'll get right back in there.
J.S: And will that be on ESPN again?
B.V: They've been talking to us, so that's a big possibility - but with me as the main event this time.
J.S: And ideally you'd like the next fight to be at 160?
B.V: I would like it to be at 160 next, yes, but if the right fight was offered to me at 168 I'd take it also.
J.S: You and fellow "Contender" Peter Mandredo Junior are both doing well right now, he's won his last few fights. A fight between you two would be some fight!
B.V: We've thought about that too. Maybe we can make it happen. He's a guy who fights with a lot of desire and a lot of heart, so I think it would be a good action fight.
J.S: I do too! Thanks once again for talking with me, Brian. I enjoyed your fight last Friday; the whole card was good in Canada actually.
B.V: Yeah, it was. I enjoyed being a part of it.
J.S: What did you think of David Lemieux, were you impressed?
B.V: Yeah, he looked good, but that guy who fight him, [Elvin] Ayala, he wasn't prepared for him. I was with him the day of the weigh-in and he had to go running, he had to lose seven-pounds. But Lemieux is a good young prospect and we'll see what happens with him.
J.S: I look forward to watching your next fight, Brian. Thanks again for the interview and best wishes with the remainder of your career.
B.V: Thank you, sir. Call me any time now that you have the number.
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