Originally written on North Texas Fisticuffs  |  Last updated 10/4/14


Get ready boxing fans, Paulie Ayala is bringing another exciting night of fights back to Cowtown on Saturday, April 21, 2011 at the Fort Worth Convention Center. Headlining the main event is none other than middleweight contender, Brian Vera

(19-6, 12KO’s) from Fort Worth. His opponent is the tough Taronze Washington (14-16, 7KO’s) from Dallas, Texas, and the WBPA Middleweight title will be on the line.

Vera told NTF that he has been training very hard with his new trainer, Ronnie Shields, a world class trainer, in preparation for this fight and that he is ready to go. Ronnie Shields has trained such great fighters as Jesus Chavez, Vernon Forrest, Pernell Whitaker, Evander Holyfield, and even Mike Tyson, to name a few.

Back in November, Vera fought a rematch against top contender, Andy Lee (28-1, 20KO’s, and Lee was able to win the rematch by decision. According to Vera, he said he went into the fight with the wrong game plan and then he got a little frustrated. He said he should have been more aggressive, boxed less, and that Lee refused to bang with him. Nevertheless, that is behind him, and that he was offered a rubbermatch.

When I asked him about a possible rubbermatch between him and Lee, who is scheduled to fight Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. (45-0, 31KO’s) in June, he said he would welcome it. He also agreed with me that the perfect rubber match with Lee would be for a title, IF, Lee could get past Chavez, Jr. Either way, a third fight with Lee and himself would be very exciting, and a win could catapult him to a future title fight or the middleweight title itself.

In preparation for this fight, he has been training very hard the last four weeks in the gym in Houston and is only a few pounds away from 160. He told me he is very comfortable at 160 and that he is feeling very good coming into this fight. In this fight, Vera said he would put more pressure on Washington, using his strong jab, and fight a smart fight. He also said he is not taking this fight lightly and he is ready to go to work.

Back in February, Vera had the opportunity to spar with middleweight champion Sergio Martinez (49-2, 28KO’s) in preparation for Martinez’ fight against Mathew Macklin (28-3, 19KO’s). Martinez eventually went on to stop Macklin in the eleventh round for the WBC Diamond Middleweight Title. Sparring with a world champion can only make him more confident as he continues to move forward in his career.

I also spoke to him about his last fight which was fought locally in Frisco against the tough Eloy Suarez (11-13, 5KO’s). In that fight he and Suarez exchanged some heavy punching until Vera was able to get the TKO in the eighth. When asked if his style of that fight would be the same in this upcoming fight, he said he wasn’t even sure if his opponent had ever fought at 160. He said he knew his opponent was a little smaller, and that he would be using strong hard jabs and aggression against him.

In his last five fights, Vera is 3-2, with the two losses being close decisions. When asked about how a win on Saturday night would help get him back on another winning streak, he said he was only focused on this fight for now. After this fight, he said there are possible fights in June on ESPN Friday Night Fights, and hopefully a big fight on HBO in the future. But for now, he again is not looking past Washington and he plans to put on a good show for all his fans, especially the ones in his hometown of Fort Worth.

Undercard Fights:

Ubaldo Torres (0-2) from El Paso, Texas v. John Vera (1-0) from Fort Worth, Texas. 4 ROUNDS: 152 lbs.

Guadalupe Perez (2-6) from Garland, Texas v. Joel Hernandez (2-1) from Fort Worth, Texas. 4 ROUNDS: 120 lbs.

Raul Carrillo (1-4, 3KO’s) from El Paso, Texas v. Arthur Trevino (6-7-3, 3KO’s) from Fort Worth, Texas. 4 ROUNDS: 130 lbs.

Jaime Villa (8-10, 3KO’s) from Mission, Texas v. Manuel Rojas (5-0, 1KO) from Dallas, Texas. 4 ROUNDS: 128 lbs.

Terrance Anderson (2-7-1, 3KO’s) from San Antonio, Texas v. Samuel Clarkson (3-0, 3KO’s) from Cedar Hill, Texas. 6 ROUNDS: 165 lbs.

Rasool Shakur (5-7-2, 1KO) from Jackson, Michigan v. Miguel Buendia (7-1-1, 4KO’s) from Fort Worth, Texas. 6 ROUNDS: 130 lbs.

MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Eric Decker defends wife over social media comments

Brandon Marshall taken to hospital following injury

DeMarco Murray's alleged texts to ex-teammate's wife shared

Dodgers, Padres reportedly in trade talks for Matt Kemp

David Ortiz: I haven't spoken to A-Rod in almost one year

Ryan Leaf released from prison, looks shockingly different

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Art Briles: It's un-American to keep TCU ahead of Baylor

Gronkowski not worried about 'Bieber Curse': 'On to San Diego'

Texans place Jadeveon Clowney on injured reserve list

Nebraska hires Mike Riley as new football coach

Michael Vick doesn’t view being benched as being benched

Report: Jay Gruden has issues with RG3 on and off field

WATCH: Blimp crashes info fans at Blazers-Pacers game

WATCH: UCF beats ECU with game-ending Hail Mary

Cuba's new baseball revolution

Are the Dallas Mavericks title contenders?

Kobe Bryant, Rajon Rondo had breakfast together in Boston?

10 best available 2015 MLB non-tenders

10 candidates to replace Mike Riley at Oregon State

WATCH: Arian Foster speaks to media in British accent

Jim McElwain hired as Florida Gators football coach

NFL MVP Race: J.J. Watt or Aaron Rodgers?

WATCH: Ed Reed asks if hanging with Bieber could hurt Patriots

Ranking the NFL’s remaining nationally televised games

Boxing News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.

Eric Decker defends wife from critics

Big Papi: I haven't spoken to A-Rod

Are the Mavs title contenders?

Gronk not worried about 'Bieber Curse'

10 best available MLB non-tenders

10 candidates to replace Mike Riley at Oregon State

Gruden has off-field issues with RG3?

NFL's top nationally televised games left

The great un-busting of Mark Sanchez

WATCH: One-handed boy golfs with Tiger

Mavs coach T'd up for Cuban?

Torii Hunter rips reporter at presser

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.