Brian Vera Prefers Macklin Over Chavez or Golovkin Bouts

By Ryan Burton

Middleweight contender Bryan Vera (22-6) is just days away from facing Donatas Bondorovas (17-3) on this week's edition of ESPN Friday Night Fights. The fight takes place in Verona, NY.

Vera spoke to us on BoxingScene Radio and said that he is already almost on weight.

"I had a great training camp. Great sparring. We are just making weight. I've only got a few pounds to go. Everything is good," Vera said.

Vera fought just two months ago when he defeated Serhiy Dzinziruk in January in another fight televised by ESPN. The 31-year-old said that his team wanted him to get one more fight in before he goes of one of the big names in the division.

"That's the plan.  That's why I signed with Artie Pelullo and Banner Promotions.  My manager decided I should get in one more fight before I get into a big fight so here we are," said Vera before speaking about potential future fights. 

"I could be in the ring with a (Julio Cesar) Chavez (Jr.) or a (Gennady) Golovkin but for pure entertainment I think a fight with (Mathew) Macklin would be good. Our styles match up well so I think that would be a real good fight," he continued.

The Texas native knows that he must win on Friday for any of those fights to be possible. He said knowing that makes him even more motivated.

"I'm not nervous but I'm excited. I know I need to perform and that good fights are waiting ahead of me as long as I take care of business on Friday," Vera told BoxingScene Radio.

Vera has won three fights in a row and credits his improvement to being more disciplined both inside and outside of the ring. He also gave a lot of credit to his manager and trainer.

"I think I cut myself short by not going to training camps and not eating the right way it changed for me. Ronnie (Shields) is a great trainer and deserves a lot of credit but I have to do the work in the gym which I have done. I got with the right people. I have my new manager Dave (Watson) and I am living the right way outside of the ring," Vera stated.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by HeroBando on 03-29-2013

[QUOTE=BafanaBafana;13193485]But he has a disputed (then) Top 3 draw on his resume.[/QUOTE] The only guy that should have any dispute was Sturm. Murray got a gift, Macklin got robbed.

Comment by ShoulderRoll on 03-29-2013

[QUOTE=Russian Crushin;13193587]Broner is doing it but with sucky opponents on HBO, his only good fight is Demarco who isn't that good in the first place.[/QUOTE] DeMarco was widely considered the #1 lightweight.....until Broner destroyed him. Then he became a bum…

Comment by Light_Speed on 03-29-2013

[QUOTE=BafanaBafana;13193362]Kirkland was coming off a 2 year hiatus (prison stint) when Ishida KO'd him[/QUOTE] Actually that was his 3rd post-prison fight. You didn't do your homework. [QUOTE=BafanaBafana;13193362] you're not seriously comparing Zbik to Ishida are you?[/QUOTE] Zbik got stopped in…

Comment by Russian Crushin on 03-29-2013

[QUOTE=ShoulderRoll;13193552]You might be right about that. People give him a pass on Ishida because it's a "stay busy fight" but it seems he has nothing but stay busy fights. It's not like his resume is Carl Froch-like. I have nothing…

Comment by daggum on 03-29-2013

[QUOTE=ShoulderRoll;13193552]You might be right about that. People give him a pass on Ishida because it's a "stay busy fight" but it seems he has nothing but stay busy fights. It's not like his resume is Carl Froch-like. I have nothing…

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