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27 NOVEMBER 2014

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Brook/Porter Post Fight Quotes From Carson


Brook is crowned IBF champ
Brook is crowned IBF champ

In a minor upset, Britain’s Kell Brook (33-0, 22 KOs), of Sheffield, England, won a battle of undefeated welterweights and the IBF title with a majority 12-round decision over defending champion at the StubHub Center in Carson, California on Saturday.

 

Brook, fighting in his first world championship match and making only his second start in the United States, won by the scores of 117-111, 116-112 and 114-114.

 

On the same Showtime televised event unbeaten Anthony "The Dog’’ Dirrell (27-0-1, 22 KOs), of Flint, Mich.unanimously outpointed defending champion Sakio "The Scorpion" Bika (32-5-3, 21 KOs), of Sydney, Australia, to take the WBC Super Middleweight World Title in a grudge rematch.

 

In the opening bout of, undefeated Omar "Panterita" FigueroaJr. (23-0-1, 18 KOs), of Weslaco, Texas, successfully retained his WBC Lightweight World Championship with an exciting ninth-round knockout over determined mandatory challenger Daniel "Tremendo" Estrada (32-3-1, 24 KOs), of Mexico City.

 

For Brook, this opportunity at a world title was a long time coming. Three times he was scheduled to challenge then-IBF welterweight world champion Devon Alexander and three times a fight was cancelled due to injuries to both boxers.

 

Injury-free, confident and determined to make the most of his shot on Saturday, Brook fought perhaps the fight of his life.

 

 

Below is some post fight quotes from the headline boxers

 

Kell Brook

 

"You can tell how much it means to me by my reaction,’’ said Brook, who was cut over the left eye in the second round. "I’ve been dreaming about this moment since I was nine-years old. It’s unbelievable.

 

"I was scrappy tonight, and not as slick as I wanted to be. But I’m the world champion now, baby. I was born to do this.

 

"I’m ready for a mega, mega fight next. I’ll take on Keith Thurman or Floyd Mayweather. Amir Khan should get in queue now. I’m the world champion now so they’re all going to want to fight me."

 

 

 




Shawn Porter

 

"I think I’m still the champion,’’ he said. "I’m 24-1 and Team Porter will be back to the drawing board. There are no excuses. I do want the rematch."

 

 Anthony Dirrell

"This journey has been amazing and I can’t even fathom it. I already overcame the biggest fight of my life by beating cancer. I can’t see anything being bigger than this. I was never close to giving up. I stuck to it and now I’m WBC world champion.

 

"This means the world to me, what else can I say? After beating cancer, making it back from a motorcycle accident and getting a second chance at boxing, I just knew I was going to make the best of it.

 

"Tonight the referee did a wonderful job. Bika is rough, he’s a helluva fighter. But I’m glad to finally have him in my rearview mirror. I’m not gonna complain about the close scores. I got a unanimous decision and I couldn’t be happier.

 

"The difference between this fight and our first one is that I wasn’t on the ropes this time. I came out and boxed. But I know I got his attention at the start.’’

 

Sakio Bika

"I fought very hard. He was a better fighter tonight. I’m going to go back to the gym and come back stronger. This (losing) happens.’’

 

Omar Figueroa 

"I don’t think I did that great and obviously felt I could be more explosive and maybe get him out of there earlier,’’ said Figueroa, who suffered a bad cut above his left eye from an unintentional headbutt in the ninth. "I was a little concerned that the referee or doctor would stop the fight because of the cut. I knew Estrada would be open for the right hand. I was playing a little possum when I caught him.’’

 

As for the immediate future, Figueroa sounded like a boxer ready to move up a weight class. "I’m not 100 percent positive I am going to stay at 135 pounds,’’ he said. "I’m sure my body would be more comfortable fighting at 140. But if the money is right, I would defend again at 135.’’

 

Daniel Estrada 

"I’m grateful for the opportunity. "Initially I felt good but he hurt me and I couldn’t recuperate. I had the mentality to win, but I was up against a great champion.’’

 

Deontay Wilder

"This was fun. I wanted to go some rounds. A lot of people are still asking so many questions to me; I tried to answer some of them today.

 

"Of course, I could have landed my right hand more in the first couple rounds. He was leaving me openings, but I didn’t want to show off everything. I wanted to save that for next time.

 

"I’m ready for that world title fight. I want the WBC champ Bermane Stiverne next, hopefully in late November.’’

 

Nino De Oro Linares

"This was the kind of fight I didn’t expect but that I wanted,’’ Linares said. "I was able to watch tapes on him extensively so I was well prepared. I definitely want to fight for the world title next. That’s why I was here and took this fight. I’m just waiting for my opportunity.

 

"That was a good straight right hand I landed on him. Once I connected I knew it was over.’’

 

All pics supplied by Esther Lin/Showtime

 

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