“I simply reside my life a sure method that’s conducive to changing into a double-world champion.” – Brandon Vera (Picture courtesy of ONE Championship)
Only a few skilled athletes get to compete properly into their 40s. Even fewer get to compete at a excessive degree at that age.
At 42-years outdated nonetheless, Brandon Vera is about to face the largest problem of his profession when he challenges Aung La N Sang for the ONE Mild Heavyweight World Championship at ONE: Century this Sunday, October 13th on the Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo, Japan.
Vera, who turned 42 final October 10th, believes that him with the ability to compete at this degree at his age is the product of how he has been capable of handle his well-being over time.
“I feel it’s a testomony of how I’ve been dwelling my life. Most 40-year olds have diabetes, high-blood stress, you identify it,” Vera informed the Filipino press throughout Thursday’s media availability session. “I don’t exit, I don’t go clubbing, I don’t drink, I don’t occasion, I don’t keep up all hours of the evening – until I’m enjoying video video games sa bahay – I eat properly, kahit lechon, tinatanggal ko yung balat at yung taba, kinakain ko lang yung karne.”
The Filipino-American star has the possibility to understand a dream of changing into a two-division world champion on Sunday, and that aim is one thing he says he has been working in direction of for the previous couple of years.
“I simply reside my life a sure method that’s conducive to changing into a double-world champion. I’ve been doing this for a very long time, I’ve stepped it up extra once I transfer to the Philippines, and as we get deeper and deeper into this sport of martial arts, with ONE Championship, it’s changing into simpler. I don’t know why it’s changing into simpler, it simply is,” he added.
Since coming to ONE, Vera hasn’t been as energetic as he was, solely competing every year. And whereas many individuals might criticize that type of exercise, Vera says that it’s all about self-preservation.
“I’ve by no means, ever, ever damage my physique. I’ve by no means over-trained, if I’ve an harm, I didn’t inject myself or take capsules and get proper again in there. ‘Brandon, why do you solely struggle every year, as soon as yearly and a half, two years?’ It’s as a result of I handle my physique, I’ve to ensure that I’m okay. I ice, I heal, after which I take time. I don’t power stuff again, so even on the age of 42, which I snort about as a result of I solely know that I’m 42 when individuals ask. Should you ask me, and it wasn’t my birthday yesterday, iisipin ko pa kung anong edad ko, it’s loopy.”
With an expert profession that has spanned 17 years and 24 matches, Vera is much from a rookie within the struggle recreation, however he maintains that he has been capable of hold himself in tip-top form and he intends to maintain going so long as he sees match.
“I by no means damage my physique earlier than, so on this sport, when you take a look at it, I nonetheless have a younger physique. I don’t take injury, I’m not a ‘robust’ fighter. We shall be, if we’ve got to be, Pinoy naman eh, maninit naman dugo natin. But when I can transfer like Mayweather and punch you want Pacquiao, panalo! If I can kick you want me, we’ll simply hold going.”
“I’ll hold doing this so long as my physique will let me. I completely like it,” he concluded.
Sunday, Vera meets by far essentially the most harmful opponent he’s had shortly in Aung La on the primary occasion of ONE: Century Half II.
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