Samuel Peter-Jameel McCline Post Fight Quotes

Samuel Peter (29-1, 22 KOs): When you were down did you think you were done? No, no. I am the champion and I needed to defend my belt. When I went down I knew I had to stand up.

I broke my left hand during training camp and both of my hands were hurting me tonight.

I did not over look Jameel McCline. I am going back home to bring the WBC heavyweight championship back to Africa.."

Jameel McCline (38-8-3, 23 KOs): Were you happy with your performance tonight? Not really. I wasn't happy with my performance. I could've finished him, I should've finished and I didn't. I thought I had him. He got away and that is why he is still champion. I will tell you this. Samuel Peter is a great champion.

Daniel Santos (31-3-1, 22 KOs): "It was a good fight and he's a hard puncher. He hit me with some good shots early but my conditioning was so good it wasn't a problem. Our game plan was to take him into deep water in the later rounds and that's what I did.

"Now I am the mandatory challenger to new WBA super welterweight champion Joachim Alcine. If he's ready, I'm ready to do it tomorrow."

Jose Antonio Rivera (38-6-1, 24 KOs): "I had good moments early but I was unable to explode the way we did in the gym leading up to the fight. I stayed in the same rhythm and was unable to pick it up. He had a field day with me.

"Daniel fought a great fight. I was in great shape. I did my best. You have to tip your hat to Daniel Santos tonight."

Andrew Golota (40-6-1, 33 KOs): "Kevin surprised me. He was faster than I thought he would be and he didn't get tired.

"I proved tonight that I can still fight with anyone."

Referee Arthur Mercante Jr.: "Kevin was winded. He took a lot of shots. He can fight on another day."

Kevin McBride (34-6-1, 29 KOs): "No, I didn't think the referee should have stopped it but I was having trouble seeing out of my eye. He really didn't hurt me until the end.

"I thought that I had him out in the first round. It was close. I'm okay now."

Kali Meehan (33-3, 27 KOs, who lost his father-in-law, Moana Fetelika, to liver cancer on Thursday): When asked if he was fighting for his father-in-law tonight, Meehan said, "To be honest, it is the fifth anniversary of my auntie's death, a good friend of mine died in an accident in September, and my father-in-law died on Friday. Sometimes these things make a difference.

"I was never going to lose this fight. I felt better tonight than I did the night I almost stopped Lamon Brewster [for the WBO heavyweight championship].

"When I fought Hasim Rahman at Madison Square Garden, I was fighting injured and I was intimidated. After all, it is the Garden. I was not intimidated at all tonight. I knew just what to do.

Chief Medical Officer Dr. Barry Jordan from the New York State Athletic Commission: "It was a severe knockdown at the bell in round six. Even though he got up at the count of 10, he was not fully recovered."

DaVarryl Williamson (24-5, 20 KOs): "I was told the stoppage came from a higher authority at the New York commission. Of course I thought I could go on."

Bermane Stiverne (13-1, 13 KOs): "I felt good tonight. I will never let what happened to me against Demetrice King in my last fight ever happen again. The referee stopped that bout too soon. When I step in the ring I come to hurt you now. Demetrice King needs to step back into the ring with me so we can finish what we started."

Article posted on 08.10.2007

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