"It felt great to get that fight behind me. He still thought he won, but fighters always think like that. After the fight, he said he wants to fight again, but there is no point... he's crazy. He's just a sore loser and can't take it. He can't expect to win going in there and not throwing no punches just doing that awkward defense he does," stated middleweight Bryan Vera, who talked about his future plans after defeating former champion Sergio Mora for a second time. Check it out!
PC: Congratulations on getting your second win over Sergio Mora. How do you feel about the performance?
BV: Thank you, man. We did good. The main thing was to just put pressure on him again, man. I didn't do a lot of things that I think Ronnie [Shields] wanted me to do, but we are a work in progress still, man, you know what I mean? Sergio'S awkward as hell, man. he does a lot of weird movements and things that throw people off, but as long as you stay busy on him, you can outwork him, you know what I'm talkin' bout?
PC: Yeah, for sure. You knew the key going in was going to be pressure. You say you didn't do everything that Ronnie wanted you to do, but do you feel the game plan came together well?
BV: Yeah, I did. We worked on a lot of head movement and throwing a lot of punches and throwing a lot of straight shots and just outworking him. We knew we were going to be stronger than him and that's all it was. When he watched it on TV, he was a little bit more impressed with it, but live, it looked like I was getting off balance a lot and not staying sideways and kind of squaring up.
PC: Are you relieved to have this fight behind you? I know this is a rematch he kind of wanted. Are you done with Sergio Mora now?
BV: It felt great to get that fight behind me. He still thought he won, but fighters always think like that. After the fight, he said he wants to fight again, but there is no point, you know?
PC: Nah, you're up 2-0; no need for a rubbermatch.
BV: Yeah man, he's crazy. He's just a sore loser and can't take it. He can't expect to win going in there and not throwing no punches just doing that awkward defense he does.
PC: You caught him with some nice shots. Do you ever think you hurt him at any point during the fight?
BV: I think it was like the 7th or 8th round, I know I hurt him at the end of the round with a right hand and he kind of walked it off a little bit, but I know I had him hurt. It's just the bell rung and he was able to recover from it. But I think the main shot I hurt him with other than that; it was just land shots and stay busy.
PC: OJ McClintock keeps your conditioning right and you almost pride yourself on it now. He faded towards the end. Did you feel if you could get him late into the fight that he would fade?
BV: Yeah! Like I said, I knew we would be bigger and stronger, so I felt I could impose my will and my strength on him. Yeah, he did fade a little bit at the end. I don't know what he was doing. When you do all of that moving around and defending and all that kind of stuff, that will wear anybody out. He definitely faded at the end and we stayed busy and on top of him. If I wasn't gonna knock him out, I was definitely gonna outpoint him and outwork him.
PC: Do you feel you faced the same Sergio Mora as the first fight or do you think he switched it up on you a little bit and tried new things?
BV: I think he was more defensive this time. I think the first time, he tried to stay in there and fight a little more. This time, he fought more in spurts. He does the defensive thing and try to throw late combinations to steal the round, but we were outworking him so much that he couldn't do that. The little combinations he was throwing wasn't working.
PC: I know it doesn't bother you, but no rest for the weary. You will be fighting in Austin here soon. Tell us about it?
BV: Yeah! OJ and my manager Dave got together and they wanted to get me in Austin. I couldn't even tell you how long it's been since I fought there. It will be like my homecoming party. We still gotta get ready. We don't know when we gonna fight yet, but I will be getting back to Ronnie in a couple of weeks and start working. They got a new gym they opened up over there and I'm excited about it.
PC: You like quick turnarounds and staying busy, so that works out perfect for you.
BV: Yeah, I don't like layoffs. I told them we can fight in Austin and then do it again in a couple of months. I always jump into a big fight right after a win, so it will be good to kind of take a tune-up type of fight, although you gotta treat it like a championship fight. I'm excited to fight and I'm excited about it all, man.
PC: Well definitely keep me posted when you get an opponent. Congrats on the Mora win again. Is there anything you want to say in closing?
BV: Yeah man, just let everybody know that they can follow me on Twitter @BVWarrior. I might go out to Cali and see King Mo, so I gotta give him a little shout out; that's my man. And thanks to my whole team man, Team Vera!