FELIX “TITO” TRINIDAD VS. WINKY WRIGHT
FELIX “TITO” TRINIDAD
“The fighter who beats me in the ring has to be one of the best in the world and Wright is one of the best. He has an uncomfortable style and a stiff jab. I came in at the best condition ever and I couldn’t land any power punches because I was being cautious in not losing any points. I am not thinking about retirement. I will have a rematch, but I have to speak with my father and manager, my wife and family about my future in boxing. I will accept any challenge in the future against Winky or any other champion.”
“I moved up to middleweight. He is a great fighter and he’s strong. I hit him with some great shots. He has a great hook. I kept moving to avoid the hook. I take my hat off to him. He has a heart of a champion. I’ll exercise the rematch clause. That was tonight. Next time may be different.
“I don’t know what’s next. We got to fight. Don King will deliver us another big fight. If the rematch doesn’t happen, then yes I’ll fight the winner of Hopkins-Taylor. I am a man of my word and he’s (Trinidad) a great champion.
“That was the game plan and I executed it perfectly. It was a complete victory. I’ve had to keep proving myself over and over again. I think he underestimated me a little bit because of the weight gain and moving up in class. I hit him with some great shots. I hit him in the face. He has a great hook. I kept my eye on his hook the entire fight.
“Tito will be better prepared the next time. He won’t underestimate me the next time.”
UNDISPUTED WELTERWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP (IBF MANDATORY)
ZAB “SUPER” JUDAH VS. COSME RIVERA
ZAB “SUPER” JUDAH
“The last time I fought in this arena was against Kostya Tszyu. I wanted to give a world championship performance to help put behind me what happened after that fight. I apologize for that.
“This was not a fight I picked. It was a mandatory. I want Oscar De La Hoya, Margarito or Mosley. It would be an honor to fight any of these fighters to prove I am the best fighter in the world. Bring me anybody. I can knock out anybody because I am very focused right now. This is the new Zab Judah. I have grown up a lot. Don King has helped me mature. The sky is the limit if I stay focused. I am a solid well seasoned poised veteran.
“I am fighting under two of the greatest fighters in the world in Felix Trinidad and Winky Wright tonight.
“I will fight De La Hoya, Margarito, anyone. am the best pound for pound fighter in the world. I have been calling them out forever. I want to apologize one more time to the MGM Grand for what happened previously.”
“I was not able to use my reach as my advantage in the fight. The first knockdown took me by surprise and the rest of the fight was history. I will work hard to regain my contender status.”
“We want to fight whoever is there. We want to fight Hopkins. The winner of this fight tonight should meet Hopkins.”