All pictures: Stacey Verbeek, Maple Avenue Boxing Gym, Dallas
On Friday, June 24 at the Dr Pepper Arena in Frisco, Texas, Eloy Suarez took Brian Vera to eight rounds before getting dropped by a brutal body blow. Suarez failed to make the count which awarded Vera a teekayo victory in what was regarded to be a tune-up bout ahead of an anticipated autumn showdown with Andy Lee. On The Beak‘s Stacey Verbeek was ringside to catch the action…
Both fighters tipped the scales as Vera came in at 161.5lbs while Suarez weighed-in at 163lbs: 1.5 and 3lbs greater than the middleweight limit of 160. Vera fought once before in 2011; a decision win over Sergio Mora while Suarez’s modern form was befitting of a human punchbag as he lost all his five prior fights.
Vera was in control throughout the contest and even opened up a wound above Suarez’s eye in the fifth round. In the eighth and final round Vera stopped Suarez due to a well-placed and tortuous body shot. There were just two and a half minutes remaining of the round, and also the fight.
With victory, Vera rose to 19-5-0, 12ko while Suarez’s resume was reduced to 11-12-1, 5ko. Vera is quoted by ESPN to have said after the fight: “My plan was to box and show my skills. He never hurt me, but he surprised me that he was able to keep standing after taking a couple of punches.”
The after-effects of Vera’s knockout punch can be seen on Suarez’s grimacing face above while Vera lifted his arm aloft in triumph, below. Vera is now expected to rematch London-born Irish southpaw Andy Lee later this year. Vera gave Lee the only defeat of his career back in 2008.