Saturday night was alright for a fight (or two) at the Don Haskins Center as PBC Boxing AND FOX brought the sweet science to the Sun City.
The night featured Anthony Dirrell vs Abe Han, Claudio Marrero vs Jorge Lara, and the big bout of the night, Josesito Lopez vs Miguel Cruz.
Below are quotes from the boxers from each match, as Lopez, Marrero and Dirrell all were victorious.
“I have some boxing ability clearly. I beat a great undefeated fighter tonight and I was able to out class him. I used my abilities.
“I think I did okay but I know that I can do better. You’ll see more improvement next time I’m in the ring.
“I felt that I dominated the pace, out worked him and I never let him do anything that hurt me.
“I think the biggest difference has been Robert Garcia. He has me living a healthier lifestyle and that played a big part in my victory. I have an elite trainer who is training me like an elite fighter. I was one step behind in the past, but now I think I’ve made up that distance and then some.
“Welterweight has a lot of good fighters, but I know I can compete with them. I’m a fan-friendly fighter who’s always going to leave it all in the ring.”
“Josesito was stronger than I thought. I took a little too long to get off and get going.
“I didn’t agree with the calls on the low blows. I didn’t get a chance to work the body like I wanted. That was the plan coming in. They took it away from me.
“This is just another step in my journey. I didn’t get hurt or anything. I just need to get better in the gym and keep working combinations. I just have to get better.”
“I thought I did well tonight boxing him for 10 rounds. I didn’t think I lost a round. Two of the judges thought so but I can’t do anything about that. I did what I was supposed to do.
“Han has an incredible chin. He took everything I gave him. I even went to the body and gave it to him there. I was trying to go the body until the end but he still stood up. All I could do was keep pressuring him and get the victory.
“The champions at 168-pounds better look out. It’s going to be my last fight but I’m hungry to win another title.”
“I wasn’t happy with my performance. I couldn’t get my jab going at all. If I had been more effective with that I think I would have been able to win more rounds.
“It wasn’t really anything that Dirrell was doing in there, there’s no excuses. I just couldn’t jab like I wanted to. He was the better man today and I have to figure out how to make adjustments.
“It was wonderful to have the support of my hometown crowd here. I just wish that I had done better.
“If the right fight presents itself going forward, I’m going to take it. I’ll talk with my team and see what comes together going forward.”
“I knew he would be aggressive and we worked very hard in training camp to achieve this. I saw my opportunity and I knew that it was over once I connected.
“This was a message to the whole division. I’m a championship-caliber fighter and I showed it again tonight.
“I’m ready to take on every champion out there. I want the best challenges and I showed tonight that I’m able to beat anyone. I have all the skills and I can’t wait to show them off against the best.”
“I just got caught with a great punch. I wanted to be aggressive and give the fans a great show. It didn’t go my way.
“I’ll be back and I’ll be better. I’m going to get back to work and keep pushing toward my goals.”
Gallery by Andres ‘Ace’ Acosta, Chief Photographer, El Paso Herald-Post