ONE champion Brandon Vera nothing but grateful to Filipino fans: I owe you more than a smile

first_imgBut the charismatic fighter assures that he’s nothing but ready to grind it out in the ring.“I work out every damn day, I train twice a day. From a 48-hours shoot, uwi muna ako, then training. So am I ready to be in the center of that ring? Hell yes.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “Before I moved to the Philippines, being a champion was just a cool thought. I figured was something attainable even if I didn’t really work hard at it. I didn’t understand all of this until I moved to the Philippines. Kasalanan nyo,” he said with a smile.“I used to only work 1-2 times a week, I promise. Kita niyo mataba pa ako nun. I was never really in shape like I’m supposed to. Pero dito, sa mga mukha nyo, on your smiles, naisip ko, [expletive] I owe you more than a smile.” Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Brandon Vera during the press conference for ONE: Conquest of Champions at City of Dreams Manila. PHOTO FROM ONE CHAMPIONSHIPONE heavyweight champion Brandon Vera is nothing but grateful for the Philippines, which has given him a new perspective about his already-illustrious career.Establishing his roots in the country two years ago, Vera, 41, has been embraced by Filipino fight fans wholeheartedly even at the tailend of his career.ADVERTISEMENT https://web.facebook.com/inquirersports/videos/277849136410039/Vera, who has also taken up acting in Philippines starring in the highly-acclaimed “Buy Bust,” had to stay in shape while doing the grind of a filming a movie.“I came here, we started filming a movie. Showbiz here is hard. 14-18 hour shoots. Locations, sometimes di ka na uuwi. But showing up here, moving here, dealing with traffic and location sets and entertainment world and the grind, now naiintindihan ko na [what it takes].”With Vera out of the cage for two years, ONE Championship could not have made his return harder against Cerilli, who has won all but one of his five fights by way of knockouts.“To come back is already scary, then for them to find this monster. Parang ‘okay, welcome back, ito yung kalaban mo. Game ka?’ Sabi ko, subukan natin,” said Vera.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college P8.2 M shabu may be linked to PNP’s ‘biggest 2019 drug haul’ PLAY LIST 02:25P8.2 M shabu may be linked to PNP’s ‘biggest 2019 drug haul’00:50Trending Articles01:283 Maguindanao cops nabbed in drug bust facing dismissal02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “Broken down in its simplest form, I have so much to be thankful for about the Philippines, said the Fil-American champion in Filipino Tuesday during the ONE: Conquest of Champions press conference at City of Dreams Manila.Vera, who is making his second title defense of the heavyweight title against Italian bet Mauro Cerilli, said that the support of Filipino fans made him understand hardwork better.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chrisscenter_img Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Giannis Antetokounmpo, Eric Bledsoe lead Bucks past Nuggets LATEST STORIES Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum View comments Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taallast_img read more