Eleider Alvarez (24-0, 12 KOs)
"I wanted to show him I’m strong, I have a good chin, and I’m ready for big things,"
On the knockout blow: "We practiced that punch during training camp, and that’s how it went ... I always practiced that punch in training."
Asked if he’d like to face the winner of the co-main event, Dmitry Bivol
"I’m ready for the best in the world. I’m ready for the best in the division. I’ve been waiting for five years. I’m ready for anybody."
Sergey "Krusher" Kovalev (32-3-1, 28 KOs)
Speaking on Instagram from the back of an ambulance en route to a local hospital, an upbeat Kovalev reassured fans he was all right. "I am on my way to the hospital to check my head, check my body ... I feel OK. Thank you everyone, thank you very much to all the fans around the world for your support. I love you, and I’m fine."
Dmitry Bivol (13-0, 11 KOs) .
"Chilemba is a good fighter, and he had champion spirit tonight. He is a strong fighter. I want to fight more good fighters. I don’t know who my next opponent will be.
"We will see what will happen ... I just want to fight the best fighters."
"I believe I won every round from the fifth. I pushed Bivol backwards and made him miss. I deserve a rematch."