I would rather die than lose in the Philippines - Brandon Vera
Santino Honasan on Nov 20, 2018 04:50 PM
"I would rather die, than lose in the Philippines, there's no way." - Brandon Vera
The biggest question heading into Friday's ONE: Conquest of Champions card in Manila is the condition of reigning ONE Heavyweight World Champion Brandon "The Truth" Vera.
No, Vera isn't ill or injured, but rather he's been out of action nearly the last two years.
Following his dominant title defense over Hideki Sekine in Manila back in 2016, Vera took care of some commitments outside the cage.
Now, Vera is back to defend his title against Italian heavyweight contender Mauro "The Hammer" Cerilli.
Throughout the official ONE: Conquest of Champions press conference, ring rust was one of the concerns that kept attaching itself to Vera, and the reigning champ finally responded to the issue.
"Hindi naman kinakalawang talaga ang tao eh, diba?" said the champion as he was greeted with cheers from the pro-Filipino crowd present at the press conference."
Rather than ring rust, Vera admits that he's a bit nervous for his upcoming bout given that he's been gone for a bit.
"Meron akong kaba, kalawang wala. Kung meron man, pag-tinamaan na ako ni Cerilli, mawawala yun," Vera stated.
Undefeated in his ONE Championship run, with all of his fights happening in the Philippines, the Filipino-American heavyweight star, who has been living in Manila since 2016, promises another victory on home soil.
"I would rather die, than lose in the Philippines," he confidently claimed. "There's no way."
Brandon Vera defends his ONE Heavyweight Wolrd Championship against Mauro Cerilli at ONE: Conquest of Champions this Friday, November 23rd at the Mall of Asia Arena in Manila. Catch the action LIVE on ABS-CBN S+A channel 23 beginning at 8:30 PM!