Pelullo: HBO Wants Vera Back; Martinez/Golovkin Possible

By Mike Coppinger

CARSON, Calif. -- After the unpopular verdict was announced Saturday, Banner Promotions president and owner Artie Pelullo still was in disbelief.

He, like most of the press ringside for the HBO bout, thought Bryan Vera deserved the decision over Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. And though his fighter didn't officially gain the victory, Pelullo says HBO is treating it like a win for Vera.

"He did win the fight. The judge that saw it 98-92 (Gwen Adair), she wasn't in the arena," Pelullo told in frustration. "She had the score before she sat down. That's what she was going to do. Bottom line is: HBO wants him back. It's an exciting kid. He went from '62 to '64 to '68 to '73 and won the fight. And Mexicans booed. Not anybody, his (Chavez's) fans.

"So the key is, be calm, make a deal, figure out how to do a rematch, maybe we do a rematch in Texas, maybe we fight (Sergio Martinez), maybe do something else," Pelullo added. "But he'll be back on HBO. Vera not only won the fight but handled himself well. At the end of the day, everybody knows and so does Julio in his heart."

Pelullo also mentioned Gennady Golovkin has a potential opponent for Vera. Whomever the foe ends up being, Pelullo made one thing clear: Vera will campaign at 160 pounds.

"They (HBO) just loved him," Pelullo stated. "The bosses at HBO said terrific job, he did better than anybody expected, he won the fight -- everybody saw him win the fight -- and he'll be back on the network."

One thing Pelullo made clear to Vera as they departed the StubHub Center following the controversy: "keep your head up, you won the fight."

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by The Tase on 10-01-2013

hbo needs to force GGG vs sergio.

Comment by richardt on 10-01-2013

[QUOTE=MDPopescu;13800878]Jr's poor performance includes his weight issues (I mentioned this even before the fight -- it's embarrassing to force a small middleweight to face a cruiser weight.)[/QUOTE]But its very impressive when a guy like Vera beats a Cruiserweight which is…

Comment by Koba-Grozny on 10-01-2013

[QUOTE=Kris Silver;13800882]I read the title as...Martinez vs Golovkin possible at first. Knew that'd be too good to be true.[/QUOTE] Me too, and not the only one by looks. Like when they show a trailer that has nothing to do with…

Comment by ddangerous on 10-01-2013

[QUOTE=BostonGuy;13800740]Would love to see Martinez face Vera in Argentina for his so called 'tuneup' fight. I think Vera would give a valiant effort but the much faster, and skilled Martinez would pick him apart. [B]Also, what about matching Vera up…

Comment by Kris Silver on 10-01-2013

I read the title as...Martinez vs Golovkin possible at first. Knew that'd be too good to be true.

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