|Real name||Bryan Lee Vera|
|Rated at||Super middleweight
|Height||6 ft 0 in (183 cm)|
|Reach||74 in (189 cm)|
December 28, 1981 |
Fort Worth, Texas, U.S.
|Wins by KO||14|
Bryan Lee Vera (born December 28, 1981) is an American professional boxer who fights at super middleweight. He is best known for his memorable and notable victories over then-undefeated Andy Lee in 2008, former world champion Sergio Mora (twice, in 2011 and 2012) and Serhiy Dzinziruk in 2013. Vera currently trains in Cedar Park, Texas.
Bryan attended Westwood High School and lettered in football, a sport he had played since a child in Pop Warner. His brother, Gilbert "Boogie" Vera is also a professional boxer and his father was a two-time IBA champion in the heavyweight division.
Vera's amateur career saw him clash with (among others), Jonathon Banks (in a losing effort), and then saw him returning in December 2005 (after beginning his professional career in 2004), when he returned for one last amateur fight against Ivan Stovell (in a losing effort).
Vera began his professional career in 2004 with a four-round unanimous decision win over Avien Cooper. He would win his next thirteen bouts, including a decision victory over Darnell Boone (who would later knockout the future lineal light heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson), before signing up with the ESPN television series The Contender.
He is one of the featured boxers on the third season of the boxing reality TV series, The Contender, which premiered September 4, 2007, on ESPN. Vera suffered his first professional loss in the opening fight of the contest to the shows runner-up Jaidon Codrington.
Vera vs. Lee
In 2008, Vera fought then-undefeated and highly touted prospect Andy Lee. In a fight that he was supposed to lose according to most critics, Brian Vera pulled up the upset win and would defeat Lee by TKO in the seventh round. Although the stoppage was regarded as controversial, Vera was behind on points up until that point, though Lee himself appeared to be battered and exhausted from Vera's relentless assault in the 7th.
Vera vs. Kirkland
Vera's career would hit a standstill soon after when he was matched against light-middleweight contender James Kirkland. Kirkland was vicious in his assault against Vera, battering his outmatched opponent all over the ring for the duration of the fight. Vera was knocked down twice in preceding rounds before the faithful eight round, in which a devastating combination from Kirkland put Vera down for a third time. Vera managed to rise up, but was immediately cornered and beaten on until referee Vic Drakulich called a halt to the match, with Vera losing by an eighth-round technical knockout. In the match, Kirkland had managed to land 283 out of 532 thrown punches, whereas Vera only landed 64 out of 470.
Vera only fought once in 2009, losing a definitive decision to Craig McEwan. McEwan was landing combinations nearly at will from the start of the fight, and Vera had no answer for his opponent's boxing ability. In 2010 Vera would go 1-2, first losing a unanimous decision against Isaac Rodrigues before scoring a third-round technical knockout over Sebastien Demers, and finally dropping a twelve-round unanimous decision to middleweight contender Max Bursak.
On February 4, 2011, Vera would defeat fellow Contender competitor Sergio Mora. Vera would win a close but definitive split decision over Mora, and followed up his success with an eighth-round knockout over Eloy Suarez.
Vera vs. Lee II
Later that year Vera would rematch his old foe Andy Lee, this time losing by a wide margin. Lee used his height and reach to excellent effect, keeping the bullish Vera off of him all night, and even scoring a knockdown in the second. Lee displayed excellent boxing tactics and skills by controlling the distance of the fight and continuously blasting Vera with power punches from all angles.
Vera vs. Chávez Jr. I-II
Vera would score four more wins following his defeat to Andy Lee, including a wide unanimous decision against former foe Sergio Mora, as well as a technical knockout victory over Serhiy Dzinziruk before being matched against former WBC middleweight champion Julio César Chávez, Jr. Vera surprised many when he dominated the bout, easily outboxing and out-landing his much larger and sluggish foe. When it was announced after the fight that Chavez had won a unanimous decision, the decision was roundly booed. It was later revealed that not one press row scorer had scored the bout for Chávez Jr., all scoring it definitively for Vera.
Chávez Jr. and Vera would rematch six months later over a twelve-round bout. This time Chavez would use his size and strength more effectively, outboxing and outscoring Vera with relative ease. Vera would lose a far clearer unanimous decision.
|23 Wins (14 Knockouts, 9 Decisions), 11 Losses, 0 Draws|
|Loss||23-11||Matvey Korobov||UD||8||2016-06-25||The Bomb Factory, Dallas, United States|
|Loss||23-10||Rocky Fielding||TKO||2 (12)||2015-06-26||Echo Arena, Liverpool, England||For WBC International Silver Super Middleweight title.|
|Loss||23-9||Willie Monroe, Jr.||UD||10||2015-01-16||Turning Stone Resort & Casino, New York, United States||For WBA-NABA & WBO NABO Middleweight titles.|
|Loss||23-8||Julio César Chávez Jr.||UD||12||2014-03-01||Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas, United States|
|Loss||23-7||Julio César Chávez Jr.||UD||10||2013-09-28||StubHub Center, Carson, California, United States|
|Win||23-6||Donatas Bondorovas||RTD||7 (10)||2013-03-29||Turning Stone Resort & Casino, Verona, New York, United States||Retained WBO NABO Middleweight title.|
|Win||22-6||Serhiy Dzinziruk||TKO||10 (12)||2013-01-25||Turning Stone Resort & Casino, Verona, New York, United States||Retained WBO NABO Middleweight title.|
|Win||21-6||Sergio Mora||MD||12||2012-08-11||Illusions Theater, San Antonio, Texas, United States||Won vacant WBO NABO Middleweight title.|
|Win||20-6||Taronze Washington||UD||8||2012-04-21||Convention Center, Fort Worth, Texas, United States||Won vacant WPBF International Middleweight title.|
|Loss||19-6||Andy Lee||UD||10||2011-10-01||Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||19-5||Eloy Suarez||KO||8 (8)||2011-06-24||Dr Pepper Arena, Frisco, Texas, United States|
|Win||18-5||Sergio Mora||SD||10||2011-02-04||Convention Center, Fort Worth, Texas, United States|
|Loss||17-5||Max Bursak||UD||12||2010-09-04||Sportpalace Meteor, Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine|
|Win||17-4||Sebastien Demers||TKO||3 (10)||2010-06-11||Uniprix Stadium, Montreal, Quebec, Canada|
|Loss||16-4||Isaac Rodrigues||MD||10||2010-02-26||Turning Stone Resort & Casino, Verona, New York, United States|
|Loss||16-3||Craig McEwan||UD||10||2009-05-08||Sundance Square, Fort Worth, Texas, United States|
|Loss||16-2||James Kirkland||TKO||8 (10)||2008-11-22||MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||16-1||Andy Lee||TKO||7 (10)||2008-03-21||Mohegan Sun Casino, Uncasville, Connecticut, United States|
|Win||15-1||Max Alexander||UD||6||2007-11-06||TD Banknorth Garden, Boston, Massachusetts, United States|
|Loss||14-1||Jaidon Codrington||KO||2 (5)||2007-09-08||Contender Arena, Los Angeles, California, United States||Fight aired as part of ESPN2's "The Contender" series.|
|Win||14-0||Darnell Boone||UD||10||2007-06-15||Chevrolet Centre, Youngstown, Ohio, United States||Retained IBA Intercontinental Super Middleweight Title.|
|Win||13-0||Samuel Miller||MD||10||2007-05-11||Buffalo Run Casino, Miami, Oklahoma, United States|
|Win||12-0||Etianne Whitaker||TKO||3 (10)||2006-11-04||Coushatta Casino Resort, Kinder, Louisiana, United States||Won Vacant IBA Intercontinental Super Middleweight Title.|
|Win||11-0||Antonio Garcia||KO||3 (8)||2006-08-18||American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas, United States|
|Win||10-0||Marcus Hicks||TKO||5 (8)||2006-06-09||Sundance Square, Fort Worth, Texas, United States||Won vacant United States Texas State Middleweight title.|
|Win||9-0||Antonio Garcia||UD||8||2006-02-16||Cowtown Coliseum, Fort Worth, Texas, United States|
|Win||8-0||Jeremiah Chapman||KO||2 (6)||2005-12-16||Austin Convention Center, Austin, Texas, United States|
|Win||7-0||Cardyl Finley||KO||1 (8)||2005-11-26||Music Hall, Austin, Texas, United States|
|Win||6-0||Freeman Taft||TKO||2 (6)||2005-07-22||Gold Coast Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||5-0||Trenice Brown||TKO||3 (6)||2005-06-16||Sundance Square, Fort Worth, Texas, United States|
|Win||4-0||Javier Diaz||UD||4||2005-03-17||Cowtown Coliseum, Fort Worth, Texas, United States|
|Win||3-0||Juan Jose Ruiz||TKO||2 (4)||2005-02-26||Dodge Arena, Hidalgo, Texas, United States|
|Win||2-0||Bert Montez||TKO||2 (4)||2004-09-30||Frank Erwin Center, Austin, Texas, United States|
|Win||1-0||Avien Cooper||UD||4||2004-08-27||Renaissance Worthington Hotel, Fort Worth, Texas, United States||Professional Debut.|
Big Knockout Boxing record
|0 Wins, 1 Loss, 0 Draws|
|Loss||0-1||Gabriel Rosado||TKO||6 (7), 1:59||2014-08-16||Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada||BKB 1||For vacant BKB Middleweight title.|
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-05-31. Retrieved 2010-08-05.