"Yeah, it's August 3rd in Mexico City. We got the bout agreement and I signed it and said okay, but we didn't get the fight contract until they found a location, and now we are all set to go. It was between Texas and Mexico City. I was hoping for Texas, to be honest with you. I would have felt more comfortable in Texas because in Mexico, hell, he can do anything he wanna do because I don't think they do any kind of testing. No telling what Chavez Jr. will be on because he has made mistakes already, so I would have rather do it somewhere else or in Texas, but I will be ready. I just have to take his head off now," stated middleweight contender Bryan Vera, who talked about his potential August 3 clash with Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. Check out what else he had to say!
PC: Congratulations on your win over Bondorovas. How do you feel about your performance?
BV: I give myself a C. I got ready for the fight, but I think I took him lightly going in. I went into the fight a little relaxed and his nose was already all messed up before the fight. He wasn't a tricky fighter; he was just awkward. He did some things that threw me off a little, but I felt like I was winning the fight at the time of the stoppage. I just thought I could be a little bit more dominant, but I will take the win.
PC: They were complaining about the stoppage way after the fact, saying that they didn't understand the ref because he didn't speak the same language. What did you think of the stoppage?
BV: I would have rather they let it go on because I felt like I was about to get him out of there anyway, to be honest with you. They had 3 rounds left. His nose was pretty bad and if he wanted to keep fighting, I think he would have got up and made a little more noise about it, but he was kind of just sitting there and his people protested for him. It looks like to me he was already done.
PC: Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. in August. Tell us about it?
BV: Yeah, it's August 3rd in Mexico City. We got the bout agreement and I signed it and said okay, but we didn't get the fight contract until they found a location, and now we are all set to go. It was between Texas and Mexico City. I was hoping for Texas, to be honest with you. I would have felt more comfortable in Texas because in Mexico, hell, he can do anything he wanna do because I don't think they do any kind of testing. No telling what Chavez Jr. will be on because he has made mistakes already, so I would have rather do it somewhere else or in Texas, but I will be ready. I just have to take his head off now.
PC: I asked you before when your name came up as a possible guy to face Chavez and you said you didn't feel like you could take anything from the sparring sessions you had with him. Is that still the case?
BV: Not really because like I said before, I was already in shape and he was just starting his camp and it's been so long. He looks like he's gotten a lot better and I know I have gotten a lot better. I feel like I have proven more than he has, but at the same time, I still gotta get ready and go in there and fight. I just can't stay right in front of him, so I gotta work on my movement and things like that, but I'm definitely confident in the fight.
PC: I'm sure you haven't dealt with anyone his size during an actual fight, but have you sparred guys that get as heavy as he rehydrates up to?
BV: No, not even in sparring, but with Chavez, I will get up to about 74 or 75, so we always gonna have dog strength. I will be there in great shape, and by being in great shape, you are stronger as it is. I feel like when two people make the weight limit, it don't matter how big someone blows up.
PC: They say when your name starts to come out of people's mouth, you must be doing something right. During your fight with Bondorovas, I saw Curtis Stevens had a lot to say about you on Twitter. Any response to what he was saying?
BV: Yeah, you know Percy, I don't get into all that talking. If he was to come up and say it to my face, shit like that will get me going, man, but I know what he's trying to do. He's trying to sell a fight and obviously get an opportunity. He thinks I'm...it's not like he's a nobody, but right now, I am on a good streak, and so is he, so I think he's trying to put himself in the position that I'm in or something. But there are just bigger names and bigger fights out there, so at this point, I'm not really worried about him. He's not coming off of his best performance either and he had to get off of the canvas to win. You know me, I will fight anybody though, so if they put him in front of me, we can do it.
PC: There are a lot of overused terms in boxing now, like "most feared" and "hardest puncher ever" and things like that. Gennady Golovkin is a guy that had you on the radar as well. What's your take on him?
BV: Yeah, some of these terms are thrown around way too much. I respect anybody that gets in the ring. I respect all of them and he is good and I don't take anything away from him; he's strong, but I can't really go off of his last two fights because he fought two junior middleweights, you know what I mean? He put them down and he is strong, but I wanna see him get in there with somebody that's strong and someone who is going to stay in there and fight him a little bit. This Macklin fight will be a good fight to determine who he is.
PC: Congratulations on getting an HBO headline in what should be a fun fight for the fans. I'm sure we will talk plenty leading up to the fight. Is there anything else you want to add before I let you go?
BV: I want to thank all of my friends and family and let everyone know that they can follow me on Twitter @BVWarrior and on Facebook. I'm going to keep working hard. I feel like I have already turned things around, but I'm not done yet!
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