By:Marc Livitz: Brian "The Warrior" Vera held on to his NABO Middleweight title this evening with a tenth round TKO win over Sergiy Dzinzurik at the Turning Stone Casino in Verona, New York.
The first round was a memorable one for the Austin, Texas resident. He didn’t exactly come out firing, rather he was the more active of the two combatants, as his eastern European foe had opted to go with the much more conservative approach. Each fighter went with a somewhat vertical stance, which at the time suited Vera (22(13)-6) quite well. His bread and butter has always been his trailing right hand. He scored a flash knockdown in the opening moments, although it was clear that Dzinzurik’s trip to the mat was due to an entanglement of feet. The second knockdown for which Vera took credit was considerably more, well...credible. He chased his Kiev opponent down and landed three straight right hands in a matter of seconds. Then came Vera’s left and so went Sergiy’s second journey downward. He easily rose to his feet to enter the second period.
Brian Vera kept looking for the right hand in the second. His left jab was constant, but it didn’t have the often discussed "snap" to it. Nevertheless, he was able to keep Dzinzurik (36(24)-2-1) at a literal arm’s length. The pressure continued in the third round. The first quarter of the fight was indeed a case of brawler versus boxer. Sergiy attempted to level the field in the fourth. He connected with a few combinations to the head of Vera to close out the round. Brian did what he could to try to get Sergiy to commit to the ropes in the fifth.
The middle rounds opened with much of the same displayed aggression on the part of Vera. Although he occasionally missed the target, case in point being Dzinzurik’s head, he maintained overall control. In the seventh, the Kiev fighter established a steady left jab, however his output was far behind that of the central Texas fighter. Brian went on the assault to open round eight. He could have possibly felt the urgency to do so due to the cut over his left eye. Dzinzurik sought to worsen the condition by way of his steady right jab.
In round nine, referee Benjy Esteves rightly judged Vera’s brief journey to the canvas as but a mere slip. He got up and continued to press the action. Round ten proved to be the end for Dzinzurik. Brian Vera stalked him into a corner at the midpoint of the period and went on to land right after right. Sergiy succumbed to the onslaught and took what almost appeared to be a voluntary knee with just over a minute to go in the tenth. Referee Benjy Esteves gave Sergiy the mandatory eight count and was wise to see that Sergiy’s eyes told the story. He could take no more. Brian Vera of Austin, Texas pulled off yet another upset with a TKO10 win over Sergiy Dzinzurik, who before tonight had only lost once.....to Sergio Martinez.
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