MANILA, Philippines — Following his successful title defense against Hideki Sekine of Japan, ONE heavyweight king Brandon "The Truth" Vera talked about his plans when the time comes that he decides to leave the fight game.
One of his options is to live a quiet life in the province. As a farmer.
Vera recently acquired his Philippine passport and he said he is looking forward to living the rest of his life here.
"This is home, I'm a dual citizen. I've been chasing my dual citizenship here since as far I can remember. I just got it three weeks ago from the DFA (Department of Foreign Affairs)," Vera said during the post-fight presser Friday night.
The Filipino-American traces his roots in Quezon province, his father's birthplace. Vera has seen how people live in the province and that’s what he wants to do when he hangs his gloves.
"Gusto kong magsaka,” said Vera. "I want to be a farmer when I retire, gusto ko lang ng tahimik na buhay."
(I want to farm land. I want a quiet life.
Vera is also trying his luck in acting. He said he’ll begin shooting a film on Sunday with Ann Curtis and director Erik Matti for the movie "Buy Bust."
He has previously said that he plans to follow in Manny Pacquiao's footsteps and serve in the Senate.
"I want to help people in the provinces. I’m just following Pacquiao’s lead," said Vera. "I love seeing him in Senate hearings."
But as long as his body permits, Vera said he will concentrate on fighting.
“As a fighter I don't know when I'm gonna retire. I wanna try fighting as many as I can, until I get the feeling na kelangan ko nang magretire,” he said.
Vera wants to run for Senate like Pacquiao
Against Hideki, Vera looked like he still has a lot of game left in him.
He dominated the Japanese grappler by maintaining a safe distance before launching his kicks. The shorter Hideki attempted to go for a takedown, but Vera launched a perfectly timed knee to Hideki's face that bent the Japanese fighter's nose sideways.
Vera then connected a roundhouse to Hideki’s body, one that had the Japanese retreating. The champion chased him down and unloaded bombs until the referee stepped in to stop the match.
Vera said he had a scare when Hideki, a vicious grappler, went for a takedown. He said he didn’t notice that he broke Sekine’s nose.
"He almost took me down, I didn’t realize that I crushed his nose. I all honestly, I was thinking 'Oh s**t! He almost took me down!' " he said.
"He’s strong, super strong. So when I got him, I heard my coach say 'Go, go, go!' All I really thought of 'Thank God he didn’t take me down. ' "
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