"The first round I was trying to find out what I was bringing to the fight. After the second round I started connecting with more force. I had two and a half months of preparation for this fight and that was the difference."
"Now I know I am the best at 140 pounds because no one has ever dominated Peterson the way I did tonight."
"Golden Boy and Al Haymon will get me that fight (with Danny Garcia). I'm ready for that fight. I want to fight him."
"I feel good. There is nothing physically wrong with me right now. Of course I am upset that I lost, but so far I feel good."
"I think I got a little lazy with the jab. I started relaxing a little bit...I guess he hit me with a good shot. He did a good job. I recovered from that first knockdown and I was okay for a while and then, eventually, he hit me again and he hurt me again. I still thought I could have fought through it but the ref did the right thing. I guess tonight he was (the better fighter). He won the fight fair and square tonight. He's a good fighter."
"It is literally like a bomb exploding every time (Matthysse) lands a punch."
"I hurt my left hand in the first round actually. I hit him on top of the head. I hurt my hand, but I had to get that out of my mind. I had to fight to win. I wanted to impress tonight. My left hand was on point in camp. When I hurt my biceps, that strengthened my left hand so it would have been popping real hard, but I hurt it. I had to set it up softly. I wanted to use my hook and my upper cut but I couldn't."
"There are going to be a lot of critics saying Purdy wasn't all that anyway, but he's a good fighter. Over in the U.K. he beat some good guys and I think he was very suitable. He came to fight and he gave me a good fight. I got the win. I got the technical knockout."
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