Staples Center Quips & Pix
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Errol Spence Jr. W SD 12 Shawn Porter
Spence: “It feels good to win. This is a lifetime dream. It
shows hard work pays off. Thanks Shawn Porter, my whole team
and all my Texas people for coming out.
Spence: “Shawn Porter is a rough and awkward fighter. I
didn’t get off what I wanted to. He’s a true champion. He
made it tough.
Spence: “All my punches have bad intentions. Boxing Mikey
Garcia, I wanted to show people I could do it with that
Spence: “Porter was throwing a lot. I wanted to show I was
the bigger and stronger welterweight.”
Porter: "I’ve said this before, I’ve had a lot of experience
in the boxing ring. Did you enjoy that fight?
Porter: “He’s a strong kid. We both came in to do the job. I
think I had a little more than what he expected, but he
handled it. Congratulations to him and his team. We’re proud
of what we did.
Porter: “I think that knockdown was the difference. I
couldn’t come back to the corner with my head down after
David Benavidez W KO 9 Anthony Dirrell
Benavidez: “This was one of the hardest fights I've had. It
was very tactical. But I worked my jab the whole time. It
wasn’t easy. I’m now the youngest two-time world champion,
from Phoenix, Arizona. I’ve got a lot of respect for Anthony
Dirrell, especially the way he fought tonight.
Benavidez: "There are so many emotions coming at me at once.
We put so much hard work into this training camp. We left
home and were away from everything. But I had the dream to
become the youngest two-time super middleweight world
champion and I made my dreams come true.
Benavidez: "Everything just fell in place perfectly. From
the suspension to all the big fights I've been in. All of
that helped me out in this fight. I did not make a mistake
or open myself up more than I needed to. I worked behind my
jab and got the stoppage. Things are going to get better and
get tougher and I'm ready for the challenge."
Dirrell: “I felt it when the punch opened up the cut. Much
respect to the champion. He fought his ass off.
Dirrell: “I could have kept going. I was still ready to
fight. I didn’t go down and I didn’t quit. I could have kept
going. He’s the true champion. In the whole lead up to the
fight and with all the press, he was a champion.”
Dirrell: "He hit me with a clean shot. That's my first time
ever being cut by a punch. It opened up. There was nothing I
could do about it. I couldn't see the whole fight after
that. My corner did a good job on it, but I really couldn't
Dirrell: "I would have kept going in there. I'm not quitting
against anybody. Everyone saw I didn't go down. My legs were
still strong, but I couldn't do anything about it.
Dirrell: "We're going back to the drawing board. I'm still
fighting. We won't end on a loss. You can put anybody in
there with me."
Josesito Lopez W KO 8 John Molina Jr.
Lopez: “John Molina is a warrior for sure. It was pleasure
to be in the ring with Molina.
Lopez: “I want to thank Robert Garcia and my whole team for
turning my career around. I’m the 'Riverside Rocky' and I’m
here to challenge all champions.
Lopez: “I knew he wasn’t going to quit. He’s a warrior. I
had to keep on the pressure. I was thinking that hopefully
the ref and the team made the right call to finish it at the
Lopez: “There’s a lot more 'Riverside Rocky. Robert Garcia
has turned my career around. I’m a race car and like NASCAR,
I’ve got a whole team behind me.
Lopez: "We both carry power in our hands so it wasn't a
surprise someone went down. It easily could have happened to
me with the power he has. I was able to catch him early,
find openings and get the finish.
Lopez: "I'm a top 10-level fighter. I'm going to give any
fighter and any world champion a run for their money. I want
memorable fights and I want the best.
Lopez: “It was an honor to fight Keith Thurman last fight
and I'd love to fight him again. I want all big challenges
and all the titles.”
JOHN MOLINA JR.
Molina: "You can never take the fight out of a fighter. I
have a never say die attitude and I have my whole career. It
was a tough fight, but the better man won tonight.
Molina: "I wanted to keep going at the end. I thought I was
still coherent and could still move well. But you can't go
against what the referees say."
Mario Barrios W UD 12 Batyr Akhmedov
Barrios: "I promised my city of San Antonio that I would
bring this title back home and I did it.
Barrios: "I knew this was going to be a war. He was getting
dirty in there but the Mexican warrior in me was not going
to let this opportunity pass me by. I dug deep and got the
Akhmedov: "The judges see better than I can from the ring. I
did everything I could. I thought I won the fight. They
decided that he won the fight. When I watch the fight I'll
be able to tell you what it looked like. My job is to do
everything to win. The judges are supposed to judge
Akhmedov: "I knew that I had to win by a wide margin. The
plan was to gradually grow the activity, but after the first
knockdown I knew that I had to add more than I had planned.
So I started being more aggressive. I did everything I could
to try to stop him.
Akhmedov: "The knockdowns didn't hurt me but I didn't see
the punches coming. I took a little bit of time and I felt
Akhmedov: "I tried to do everything I could. I was told that
I wouldn't be able to handle his experience, but he was on
the ropes most of the fight. I beat him up and I thought I
won the fight."
Robert Guerrero W UD 10 Gerald Thomas
Guerrero: "I got some rounds in tonight, which was valuable.
We got what we needed and boxed our way to victory.
Guerrero: "I want to get back into those bigger fights. I
moved around and stayed smart in there tonight. The goal was
to stick to the game plan and I did until the end of the
fight, but then I got right back on it. You just have to
keep working out the kinks and that's what I'm going to keep