Brian Vera: I’ll rough Golovkin up; I’ll fight him
By Allan Fox: WBO NABO middleweight champion Brian Vera (22-6, 13 KO’s) answered in the affirmative when asked if he’d like to fight WBA World middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (25-0, 22 KO’s) next after Vera’s 10th round TKO win over former WBO junior middleweight champion Sergiy Dzinziruk (37-2-1, 24 KO’s) last night at the Turning Stone Resort & Casino, in Verona, New York, USA.
“I’ll fight Gennady Golovkin and I’ll rough him up a little bit…I would love to have that fight,” the 31-year-old Vera said to Bleacherreport.com.
Before last night’s fight, Vera said that he wants to fight Golovkin on March 30th, which is Golovkin’s next tentatively scheduled fight date. However, it’s now uncertain that Vera will be able to fight by that date even if Golovkin chose to give him the fight.
Vera suffered an inch long cut over his left eye in the 8th round against Dzinziruk and that cut won’t be properly healed in just two months. If Vera gets that fight, the cut will likely open up almost immediately as soon as Golovkin starts hitting him with his hard jabs and big power shots.
Vera, #2 WBO, is in position to get a title shot against WBO middleweight champion Peter Quillin in the near future, but that’s probably not going to happen in 2013. Quillin has a fight scheduled next month against Fernando Guerrero on February 9th, and after that Quillin wants to try and get a fight with either Sergio Martinez or Daniel Geale.
Quillin likely won’t volunteer for a tough fight against Vera if it’s not going to be one that will bring him a lot of fan interest in and money. Vera doesn’t have the fan base for Quillin to just voluntarily agree to fight him. Vera will likely have to pick up three or four victories and become Quillin’s mandatory challenger before he gets his shot against him.