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Bryan Vera Conference Call Transcript, Oct. 2, 2013

 
  • Operator – Welcome to the Bryan Vera conference call.  I will now turn the call over to your host, Marc Abrams. 
 
  • Mr. Marc Abrams – Hello, everyone, from the media.  I thank everyone for joining us today.  We’re having a special conference call with Bryan Vera in the wake of last Saturday night’s fight with Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. that was at the StubHub Center in Carson, California, which was the largest--the most viewed fight on cable television this year in 2013.  And obviously there’s been a lot of controversy about the decision.  So, we’re going to rehash a little bit of that.  And obviously people have read maybe in the last couple of days that there’s already been some rumblings about a possible rematch.  So, we have Bryan on the call along with his trainer, trainer of champions, Ronnie Shields and promoter Art Pelullo of Banner Promotions, and he can shed a lot of stuff on that.  So, let me turn it over to the CEO and President of Banner Promotions, Art Pelullo.
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  • Mr. Artie Pelullo – Hi, guys.  Who’s on the call?
 
  • Mr. Marc Abrams – We’ll find that out in a minute.
 
  • Mr. Artie Pelullo – Okay.  The bottom line is I thank everybody for calling in.  Where we’re at now is this is for you guys to ask your questions about Bryan and what the future holds for him.  We are talking to Bob.  We are talking to HBO about a December date.  And should they not be financially in a position to pay for this event, Bob and I are discussing a pay per view event for December.  So, outside of that, I think everybody wants to hear from Bryan and Ronnie.  So, I’ll just listen in the background till there’s a question.
                      
  • Mr. Marc Abrams – Bryan, you want to make any opening statements?
 
  • Mr. Bryan Vera – No, I’m good, man.  Just--I’m ready to answer any kind of questions you have for me.
 
  • Mr. Marc Abrams – Okay, Ronnie?
 
  • Mr. Ronnie Shields – I just want to say that everybody saw the fight.  This fight deserves a rematch because Bryan did win the fight.  And I just think everybody, especially all the press, I think you guys need to put it out there that there should be a rematch.
 
  • Mr. Marc Abrams – Okay.  I guess, operator, we’re ready for questions.
 
  • Operator – The line’s now open for questions.  If you would like to ask a question, you may do so by pressing star and then one on your telephone keypad, that’s star and then the number one.  We do have a question from the line of Brian Fogg with Leave it in the RinG.  Your line is live.
 
  • Mr. Brian Fogg – Hi.  A quick question here kind of for all three of you actually.  Going into the 10th round and after the 10th round you guys were all celebrating.  You seemed pretty sure of the decision.  I guess what was going through your head right before you heard it?
 
  • Mr. Marc Abrams – Bryan?  
 
  • Mr. Bryan Vera – Yeah, for me, I thought Iwon.  I was a little bit worried [unintelligible] me and Ronnie [unintelligible] corner where we’re very happy with the way things were going.  So, we--I thought for sure we had it man.
 
  • Mr. Ronnie Shields – Well, for me--.
 
  • Mr. Brian Fogg – --Ronnie, what do you think?
 
  • Mr. Ronnie Shields – --Yes.  For me, I was happy because Bryan followed the game plan to a tee.  I couldn’t ask him to do no more than what he did that night.  And right after the fight though, I had my suspicions.  I really did.  But, I told Bryan, “No matter what the decision is, he won the fight.”  I say, “No matter what the decision is you won the fight.”  And--but always in the back of my mind--I’ve been through this so many times with Pernell Whitaker and Chavez Senior, with Pernell Whitaker, Oscar De La Hoya, with Erislandy Lara and Paul Williams.  So, nothing surprised me.  But, this was really a blowout by Bryan Vera.  And for them to give Julio Jr. a unanimous decision was--it was really ludicrous.
 
  • Mr. Artie Pelullo – Just to add what Ronnie and Bryan said, he clearly won the fight.  In the 10th round, I was sitting with Josh from my office.  The bottom line is that he’s a powerful kid.  And I knew that if the 10th round went the way we thought it would Bryan would win a unanimous decision.  Never thought in my mind that it would so erroneous the scores and so bizarre.  I mean, even to this day people are talking about the scores.  Even Bob Arum, who promoted the other guy, who has to say--who promoted Chavez.  He says, “Well, it was a close fight.  Six, four, I call it even.”  Even he says that Marty Denkin was off and so was Gwen.  I mean, Gwen she’s just bizarre.  I mean, she shouldn’t be judging anymore.  But, in the meantime where we’re going from here is a rematch and everybody wants to see it.  And I understand that Marc Abrams took a poll.  There was 60 reporters, 56 saw Bryanwin and four saw a draw and nobody saw Chavez winning.  So, clearly it’s a bad situation for boxing because it has to be rectified.  The only way it gets rectified is another fight in Texas in the state where Bryan’s from.  That’s where it’s at right now so far.
 
  • Operator – As a reminder, if you would like to ask a question, you may do so by pressing star and then one on your telephone keypad.  We