"I remember watching his fight with Martinez and I have been looking at him a little bit. He is pretty sharp. I gotta be ready, so I'm gonna get with Ronnie and make a good game plan for himÂ…he's getting a little older too. He turns 37 at the beginning of the year, so he's getting up there and he's been fighting a long time. I don't know if he is as hungry as I am. I know he is going to be ready, but I just think it is my time to get in there and do my thing," stated middleweight contender Bryan Vera, who talked about his return to the ring on January 25 to face former champion Serhiy Dzinziruk. Check it out!
PC: Congratulations on getting the fight against Serhiy Dzinziruk on January 25th. How did you get this fight?
BV: Banner Promotions called my manager Dave and they were looking for a guy to put on, and my trainer Ronnie Shields happens to know the same guy, so we rolled with it, man. He feels like it's a good fight for both of us and may the best man win.
PC: Of course Sergio Martinez is the fight that people remember Dzinziruk by. Have you kept track of him throughout his career or are you doing your research on him now?
BV: I remember watching his fight with Martinez and I have been looking at him a little bit. He is pretty sharp. I gotta be ready, so I'm gonna get with Ronnie and make a good game plan for him.
PC: Do you think your activity could help you in this fight, because he has only fought once since the Martinez fight?
BV: Yeah, I think so, a little bit, man, and the fact that he's getting a little older too. He turns 37 at the beginning of the year, so he's getting up there and he's been fighting a long time. I don't know if he is as hungry as I am. I know he is going to be ready, but I just think it is my time to get in there and do my thing.
PC: You have really wanted to get back on network television. You will be back on the network where it started, ESPN. How does it feel to finally be back in a position to have eyes back on you?
BV: Ah man, it worked out good, man. I would have liked to have an HBO fight, but it didn't fall in my lap or whatever, but a lot of people have ESPN, so that will put me back out there a little better anyways. I'm glad and I'm happy about it; Ronnie is excited about it, to get back out there and showcase what we have been working on.
PC: You will be joining Ronnie soon, but you are currently training in Austin right now. How do you balance it?
BV: He pretty much lets me know. He likes to get 6 or 7 weeks. So he just hits me up and gives me the day and time and then we get on a schedule and get to work. They also have that strength and conditioning program too, so I'm glad to be a part of it because they have some good things going on out there.
PC: Dzinziruk is a southpaw. Obviously your best punch is the right hand. Do you think that will be the great equalizer, your ability to fire the right hand against his southpaw stance?
BV: I have been in with quite a few of them when you look at Andy Lee and Kirkland, so I spar with a lot of them. I feel comfortable with them. My right hand is probably my biggest punch, so as long as we don't get crazy with it. He has a good jab, so I gotta take that away from him and I think it will be a good night.
PC: This is your first time back on the east coast since the Andy Lee loss, so are you going over there with a little chip on your shoulder to erase their last memory of you?
BV: Yeah, I kind of do, man. We going back to New York where I feel I got robbed the last time when I fought Isaac Rodrigues and I lost a majority decision and the whole crowd booed. That was probably the worse that I have ever felt, like I got robbed. So yeah, I kind of got a little chip on my shoulder to go out there and shine and do my thing.
PC: What is the one thing that you are looking to show now that you are back on television?
BV: I want to just show that I can do a lot of different things. The heart and the balls is always gonna be there. I am going to come to fight regardless, but I want to show the new things we have been working on and show that we are still going to put pressure, but it's going to be a lot smarter now and a lot more technical. And of course if we have to make it a dog fight, I can always do that.
PC: How does it feel to have a full camp for this fight?
BV: It's great, man. I have already been in the gym. Luckily there are guys getting ready to fight and I have been getting a lot of sparring, so I'm ready to jump right into camp and I'm already in decent shape. We will be able to jump right in to what we need to do. I'm glad to have the opportunity. I signed with Banner Promotions and they guaranteed me 5 fights next year. That's what it says on the contract, so I hope it all falls together and it's the truth, you know what I mean?
PC: I definitely know what you mean. You were being mentioned to fight Gennady Golovkin. Obviously Gabriel Rosado got the assignment. Did you have a preference?
BV: I would have taken that fight too because it would have been more money (laughing). But it's not even about that with me. I will fight anybody, but my manager knows we have to be careful and not just take anything. I'm ready for anybody, but I just let Ronnie and Dave get together and take care of that.
PC: You spent some time with Emanuel Steward last year and at Kronk Gym. Both are now gone. Is there anything you want to say on their behalf?
BV: It's sad, man, because we went down there like 3 or 4 months before he passed and I got to know him and hang out with him. He welcomed us in his house. He is an unbelievable person as far as the way he treated everybody. He will never be forgotten because everyone says the same thing about him and that's that he was good people. He will live on through other people.
PC: Best of luck during this camp and we will be speaking the closer it gets to your fight. Is there anything you want to say in closing?
BV: Thank Ronnie and my manager Dave. I just want to thank you for putting me on and I'm gonna be ready. And shout out to my boy King Mo. He fights right before me, so we gonna have back to back good nights and represent. I'm excited about that. We gonna be pulling for each other.
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