DON KING FIGHT IN LAS VEGAS: PICTURES + RESULTS + QUOTES
Post-Fight Ring Quotes
Baha Mamadjonov: “One week notice and I win by that kind of knockout. The first couple of rounds he (Angelo Santana) was difficult to figure out but once I did I just got more aggressive. The hard work paid off. I came to the United States to be a champion. I want to win a world title and this was the first step. I’m just starting. It’s going to be one belt at a time.
“Santana hits really hard and I respect him but I could see he was getting tired in the sixth round after I hit him with a body shot.”
Angelo Santana: “The referee stopped the fight. I tell you I was still in it. I landed two big left hands earlier in the round. We were in a good fight and it should have continued. Nothing against Baha, he’s a good fighter, but I want a rematch.
“The last knockdown came on a slip. I slipped after throwing a punch.”
Amir Imam: “I had to figure him (Jeremy Bryan) out in the first round. I doubled up my jab in the second round and hit him with the big right that starched him. Some would say I took too big of a bite but I was composed, relaxed and knew what I had to do.
“Line ‘em up and I’ll knock them down.”
Jeremy Bryan: “I don’t really feel like talking because I still feel a little woozy. I expected so much more. I trained so hard. This is very disappointing.
“I had a lot going on. This was my first big fight on TV since 2004. I had a good fan base that came in for the fight. I think I got a little over-anxious and it cost me but I am a warrior. I’ve come back before and I’ll come back again.
Marcus Oliveira: “Coyne came to fight but I figured him out in the sixth round when I realized I could stand right in front of him and only I could hurt him.
“I made sure to work up and down. When I went to the body, I noticed he would drop his right hand so I’d unload a left.
“I dropped him the first time with two right hands and a left hook. The same flurry ended the fight moments later on the other side of the ring.”
Ryan Coyne: “I could have finished but he (Marcus Oliveira) has a great left hook. I felt good until I got caught with that headbutt. I was hanging in there. It was a good fight. He is a helluva fighter.
“I thought it was nip and tuck. After I caught the headbutt, it was very difficult to move forward. It impacted my stamina and I couldn’t see. I still can’t see. But I give him all the credit. He’s a great fighter.
Marcus Willis: “I was fighting for Don King and I wanted to show him I have what it takes. I knew he (James de la Rosa) thought he was a bigger puncher, but I knew I was the better fighter.
“I don’t like to play for the crowd although I like it when they’re happy like this. I fight for god, my team and myself, and I’ve got a lot more to show everyone.”
James de la Rosa: “I felt good. I needed these rounds. I got a little careless in the seventh round and he (Marcus Willis) caught me with a good shot.
“I’m not a judge but I thought I did enough to win tonight. If I wasn’t coming forward, there would have been no fight. I’ll be back from this one for sure.”