Undefeated rising welterweight star Errol "The Truth" Spence Jr. went emphatically from prospect to contender with a fifth-round stoppage of former world champion Chris Algieri (21-3, 8 KOs) Saturday night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
"It meant a lot to get the stoppageI did something Manny Pacquiao and Amir Khan couldn’t do. That shows where I’m at in the welterweight division."
"It was pretty one-sided, I felt. I started slowly. He said he was going to take me to deep waters so I wanted to pace myself.
“Everyone wanted to see what I could do against a proven fighter and I blew him out of the water".
"I can’t take anything away from this young hungry lion. He did a great job. I trained really hard for this fight. I hope that people appreciate me and how hard I worked and what I brought to the fight."
"I just wasn’t sticking to the style and the strategy like I should have. We had a couple of different styles that we were going to show him and I never stayed in one style long enough to be effective."
In the opening bout Polish star Krzysztof Glowacki (26-0, 16 KOs) sent former world champion Steve "U.S.S." Cunningham (28-8-1, 13 KOs) to the canvas four times on his way to a unanimous decision to retain his cruiserweight world title in front of a raucous Polish-heavy crowd.
"Power and precision is my trademark. That’s always been my game. I was a little bit reluctant because of the surgery, but I got more comfortable as the fight went on."
The plan from the beginning was to hit him with the left hand and you could tell I was hitting with full power. I couldn’t hit that hard against Marco Huck because of my injury and now I’m hoping to keep that power up in my next fight.
"The fans were my motivation throughout the fight. I just wanted to give them more and more. I want to thank everyone who came and watched me."
"I’m just disappointed. I knew I just had to work. The corner kept telling me to go to the body more in the later rounds. I’ve been down before. I knew I had to go at this guy.
"He punched with me and caught me coming in. I knew after the second round knockdowns that I had to get rounds back and go get him. He’s a smart fighter."
The televised swing bout saw "Sir" Marcus Browne (18-0, 13 KOs) remain undefeated with a narrow split-decision victory over previously unbeaten Radivoje "Hot Rod" Kalajdzic (21-1, 14 KOs) in an eight-round light heavyweight contest.
"Establishing my jab was the key. Once I did that, he couldn’t get past it. He got me with a couple of good shots.
“He caught me with something that grazed me. I didn’t even know what it was. I walked into the punch but I was able to get up from it and get back in rhythm."
"I don’t see how I lost. I was the aggressor. I showed my heart. If he feels like he beat me, give me the rematch.
"He didn’t do anything that bothered me. I was doing my thing. I should have listened to my coaches more and I would have stopped him."
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April 16, 2016