Vera will be heavyweight champion soon, says coach

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Nov 29 2014 06:58 PM | Updated as of Nov 30 2014 10:25 AM

MANILA, Philippines – Ana Julaton’s mixed martial arts coach was impressed by the striking and ground fighting skills of MMA star Brandon Vera, who recently trained with the former women’s world boxing champion.

''Brandon is truly a gifted fighter. Right away I felt the power he has in his hands and with more Boxing training plus his superior Muay Thai skills and his excellent JiuJitsu, Brandon will become the ONE FC Heavyweight Champion very soon!" said Angelo Reyes, who has been coaching Julaton.

Vera and Julaton will be fighting separate foes in ONE FC: Warriors’ Way this December 5 at the SM Mall of Asia (MOA) Arena.

In preparation for this, both Vera and Julaton had joint training sessions at the MP Training Club in Los Angeles, California. They were coached by Reyes and Ricky Lundell.

Vera worked several rounds of boxing pad work with Reyes while doing several rounds of training with Julaton’s training partners.

Reyes, who has more than a decade of experience as a boxing trainer, was impressed with the skills that both Julaton and Vera displayed.

"Ana Julaton is the best boxer in MMA today. To juggle two sports simultaneously is amazing to witness from such a humble and hardworking person. 2015 will be a big year for Ana as she has plans to win another world boxing title and also challenge for the first ever ONE FC female belt,” he said.

Julaton will face Walaa Abbas in her return to compete in Manila for the second time, while Vera will make his ONE FC debut against URCC Champion Igor Subora.