“The plan was to get the knock out, but that didn’t happen with this victory,” said Sadam Ali. “My opponent definitely had a Mexican style to him, and I was not expecting the reach he had with his arms. I knew I hurt him in the exchange of blows in the fourth round, and other times throughout the fight. This is still the win I needed and worked hard for, and I know the next fight I am in will demonstrate my will power.”
Vergil Ortiz Jr.
“I feel motivated with this win. Never in my dreams did I expect to be on such a stage so early in my career,” said Ortiz. “In the ring, I knew my opponent was hungry for redemption early because he kept trying to throw some overhand punches. But I kept tight, and when I landed my double jab and straight right punch combination, I had a feeling that he wasn’t going to get back up. I am glad I have such a solid start to my career, and I’m looking forward to more massive fights.
Hector Tanajara Jr.
“It’s an amazing feeling being able to fight in my home state – I could hear my family members cheering from the stands, and it’s a blessing that they were able to come out to my first HBO performance,” said Hector Tanajara Jr. “I honestly thought I was going to be able to get the knock out, but my opponent wanted to brawl, and he had a resistance in the ring that I didn’t expect. In the end, I got my victory, and back to the gym we go.”
“I feel amazing getting the knock out in front of all my fans,” said Joshua Franco. “This was only a taste of the things to come – Roberto Diaz wanted me to get into the ring with a fighter that would give me a tough time, and I think my performance tonight showed that I can take on any opponent. I knew the first time he fell that it would only take a couple of shots until I could get the Knock Out.”
“I felt good in the ring, I knew I could stop him, but I hurt my knuckle in the second round blocking his right hand hook and counterpunching him with my left hook,” said Zachary Ochoa. It’s a good experience for me, to make sure that all my training is working. He was a tough guy, resilient, but I was in control the whole time. I knew my body shots were hurting him and I continued doing that to break him down. I knew going in it was going to be a tough fight, but we trained exactly for this, and we are ready to take on the next talented fighter.”
“I felt good throughout the fight. I feel it was my technique that won this fight for me,” said Alexis Salazar. “My opponent was a tricky guy to fight, and I thought it would be an easier night for me because of his loss streak on his record, but he made me work and I think it was a good experience.”
“Obviously I’m happy to get the win, but I was trying to carry him a bit. I wanted more time in the ring, I wanted to get some rounds in and take in more of this experience in AT&T Stadium. That’s why I didn’t follow up after I hit him with my left hook. But overall I got the win, so I’m content with that.”