Marcos Maidana said it was his sheer ‘guts’ that carried him through a stoppage win over Joesito Lopez at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California on Saturday night.
Speaking after the fight the Argentine warrior, who retained his WBA Intercontinental Welterweight Championship, said: “My character and my guts got me this victory. In the second round, he hit me in my hip and it felt like I was paralyzed. The pain lasted for two rounds and that’s when he landed the shots, but my desire to win got me through it. He underestimated my power and I knew I could knock him out.
“It was a good job by the ref to stop it, but I wanted to keep fighting,’’ Maidana added.
Said Lopez after the fight: “He hurt me a little, but we’re professionals. He stunned me with a good right hand, but I was not out of the fight.”
June 8, 2013