By Miguel Maravilla
Photos: Mary Ann Owen
“I was able to control him with my jab. I like to fight but I had to listen to my corner. I had to stay smart. I had to box to get the win,” WBO welterweight champion Tim Bradley said at the post fight press conference following his split decision win over Mexican icon Juan Manuel Marquez on Saturday night in Las Vegas.
“Marquez is a big puncher,” continued Bradley. “I felt his punch in the first round when he dazed me with a left hook. He made adjustments landing that right hand…I didn’t think the fight was close. I felt I controlled the fight. I was confident about getting my hand raised for the most part.”
Marquez stated, “Once again we came prepared to give a good fight. I think the people saw a good performance and the judges did it again. We are happy with the performance. When you come to Vegas you need to get a knockout. The judges are more dangerous than the opponents. I want to thank all the Mexican people who came.”
The trainers also had their comments after their fighters spoke.
Marquez’ Hall of Fame trainer Nacho Beristan stated, “I would like to thank all you for your support. Bradley is a good fighter and he is the only unbeaten fighter with two losses. His trainer Joel and I are good friends. He has a bright future. Today we won, and they know he didn’t win the fight.”
Joel Diaz, Bradley’s trainer responded, “Tim Bradley is never going to get credit. We did our job and executed a plan. We are going to move on and fight the best. Boxing is hit and not get hit. You want to see a fight? Go to a bar!”
Newly crowned WBO featherweight champion Orlando Salido was also on hand to speak about his victory over Puerto Rico’s Orlando Cruz in what was ‘the battle of Orlandos.’ Salido scored a seventh round KO to regain his WBO title.
“They offered me a title shot and I took advantage of it. I worked hard and because of it I won,” he said.
Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum stated that Salido would be making his first defense of his WBO title against Ukrainian two-time Olympic gold medalist Vasyl Lomachenko, who was victorious in his pro debut on the same card. That bout is slated to take place on January 25th at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
“I will give it my best for any fight and I am ready for the best,” Salido proclaimed.
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