MANILA, Philippines – Before Brandon Vera and Chi Lewis Parry set foot inside the ONE Championship cage, both heavyweights will see eye-to-eye at a press conference on October 28 at City of Dreams in Pasay City to promote the organization’s “Spirit of Champions” event.
Vera and Parry are booked to face each other for the inaugural ONE heavyweight championship in the headliner of the aforementioned fight card, which is scheduled to take place at Pasay City’s SM Mall of Asia Arena on December 11.
The 38-year-old Filipino-American received numerous callouts from Parry as the British big man blatantly accused the former Ultimate Fighting Championship superstar of avoiding a fight with him.
In an interview with Rappler this past April, Vera denied Parry’s allegation that he is avoiding a meeting with the 6-foot-9 fighter.
“I am willing to fight anyone here in ONE Championship, including Chi Lewis Parry. I will suit up for a fight anytime and anywhere,” Vera said.
Parry (6-0, 1 NC) is one of the few heavyweight prospects in the Asian mixed martial arts (MMA) circuit today, finishing 6 of his last 7 professional outings by either knockout or submission.
However, Parry last competed in July 2014 when he thwarted Alain Ngalani with vicious elbows in the first round of their rematch.
Despite the seemingly insurmountable odds, Parry remains optimistic that he will walk away with the gold-plated strap around his waist.
“I’m going to usher in a new era for the heavyweight division in ONE Championship. I have full respect for what my opponent has done for the sport of MMA. But let’s face it, his time has passed. When I knock him out on December 11 to take the belt, you’ll see what I mean,” Parry stated.
On the other hand, Vera (13-7, 1 NC) was last seen in action when he defeated Ukrainian heavyweight Igor Subora with a straight left and follow-up soccer kicks in the first round of his December 2014 promotional debut.
“Coming back to fight in the Philippines for the first time last year was a dream come through for me. The home crowd was amazing and I love nothing more than to do battle in front of my kababayans,” Vera shared.
In his 13-year run as a professional MMA fighter, Vera seeks to be a world champion for the first time in his career as he has not yet won a major title in the sport.
“December 11 is a special and historic date for me. Not only will I be back at home fighting in the biggest stadium in the Philippines, but I will also be fighting for the belt that I’ve been focused on for so long,” Vera quipped. – Rappler.com
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