"Me and Ronnie working on staying tight still and getting away from pulling out with my hands down and things like that. I gotta get these things cleaned up before I go into a fight with Golovkin or Chavez, so this is a perfect fight for me because this guy is tough and I know he is going to come ready to fight and be prepared. But he ain't fought nobody like me before and I'm going to make sure he knows that the longer the fight, he is going to be in for a long night," stated middleweight contender Bryan Vera, who talked about his upcoming fight, a potential clash with Gennady Golovkin or Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., and much more. Check it out!
PC: You will be back in the ring next week on Friday Night Fights. This is a very quick turnaround for you. How do you feel?
BV: I feel good, man. I have been at it for about 4 weeks now. I started camp out there in Austin and we had just got done fighting, so I'm just trying to stay busy, man. Everything is on point right now.
PC: I have watched Donatas Bondorovas fight a couple of times. He seems like a very durable guy. Have you watched any film on him and if so, what have you gathered?
BV: That's kind of what we got. He's a tough guy, man. He's not that powerful or nothing, but he is strong and he will try to mic it up. He is kind of a smaller guy, so we are gonna do like we always do and impose our strength and will. But I definitely ain't take him lightly. I got ready for him.
PC: Well that's what I was gonna ask; is it hard coming off of the big win over Dzinziruk and having your name mentioned in fights later this year with guys like Golovkin and Chavez Jr. to get motivated for this fight?
BV: No, not at all. Ronnie made sure that I knew we had to take care of first thing's first and we got great sparring. I worked with Edwin Rodriguez and Don Mouton throughout the camp. Like I said, everything is on point, man, and it didn't take me long to get back in shape due to the fact that we had just fought, so I like that they keeping me busy like that.
PC: This is a pretty quick turnaround and the Dzinziruk fight wasn't a fight where you walked away clean; it got rough. How do you feel physically?
BV: I feel good. I had a small cut. It didn't even require stitches or anything, but I got a little rest, couple of weeks back home, and then came back to camp. I feel good though. My body is feeling young and I'm ready. It gave my body enough time to recoup.
PC: And not only do you enjoy staying busy, but you love when your fights are televised. Not only are you fighting 2 months after your last fight, but you're back on ESPN. How does it feel to be back on the network?
BV: Ah man, it's perfect, man. I really didn't expect for it to be like this this year. I expected to be active, but being on TV where my family and friends can see me I like to go out there and put on a good show, so it's perfect for me.
PC: I understand Donatas is first up, and you are not overlooking him, but your name is in the middle of both a fight with Golovkin and Chavez Jr. Do you have a preference to which one of those guys you would like to face?
BV: I would love to fight both of 'em. You know me, Percy, I just want to fight, but I think Ronnie and my team will sit down and talk about it. Ronnie likes the Golovkin fight and my manager like the Chavez fight, so I'm sure they will get together and figure it out. But like I said before, I have a fight on the 29th and I'm not looking past him by any means. But I will fight any one of them to be honest.
PC: You have worked with Chavez Jr. in the past. Can you take anything away from those sparring sessions or do you feel he is a different fighter now?
BV: Nah, I think he is a different fighter and I caught him at the end of one of my camps when I was supposed to fight and my opponent pulled out and he was just starting a camp. I felt like I was in way better shape than him because he was just starting camp. It would be dumb for me to try and take from that because of the fact that I was in way better shape than he was. He was big and strong though at the time. He was probably weighing about 190 pounds, so I can't really take too much from that.
PC: What are some of the things you have been working on from the Dzinziruk fight to this fight?
BV: Me and Ronnie working on staying tight still and getting away from pulling out with my hands down and things like that. I gotta get these things cleaned up before I go into a fight with Golovkin or Chavez, so this is a perfect fight for me because this guy is tough and I know he is going to come ready to fight and be prepared. But he ain't fought nobody like me before and I'm going to make sure he knows that the longer the fight, he is going to be in for a long night.
PC: Things are happening a lot faster than you expected them to be going this year. Does this change your mindset or at least the goals you had set for this year?
BV: It's making me work harder. It really didn't change my mindset, but Ronnie and my manager Dave see bigger things and a brighter future. But for me, it makes me work harder because I see bigger and better things on the horizon. It's all happening at a perfect time I think.
PC: If all goes well on the 29th, when do you see yourself available for some of the aforementioned fights?
BV: They are talking about late to middle June. It would be pretty soon. You looking at like 2 ½ to 3 months if all come out good. And that's perfect for me because it will give me a chance to possibly fight again after that.
PC: A lot of people may feel like this is too much and too many fights back to back for you. How do you answer that question?
BV: It's just the fact that I'm starting to get in there with some good names. I started kind of late in boxing, so I gotta get it. I'm in camp with some top notch fighters, and not only do I learn from Ronnie, but I learn from the other guys and watching the way they do things, and hopefully they are picking up things from me as well. I just like being in that camp environment and picking up things all of the time and trying to work harder than the other person. I'm very competitive, man, so when I see those guys working hard, shit, I'm trying to get ahead of 'em, you know what I mean?
PC: Definitely my man. I wish you the best of luck next Friday. We will speak afterwards for sure. Is there anything else you want to add?
BV: I just want to thank Ronnie, my manager Dave, OJ and the team and my family. I gotta thank the fans that support me because it's making me work a lot harder and I appreciate it; stay tuned. My boy King Mo wassup man? And that's it.