GARY RUSSELL JR
"This is the kind of performance I always expect but don't always get. If people only knew how hard we worked for this, the time we put in the gym, the mental and physical things we work on and put ourselves through every day.
"There are always obstacles to overcome but for this fight I was 100 percent. This win is for all the people who have been with me from the beginning.''
"We were never in this to turn it into a track meet. We were going to stand right in the pocket. We know what Gonzalez likes to do, and that's throw the wide left hook. I tried to bait him into throwing it and he did.
"Honestly, I don't think he recovered from the first knockdown.''
"I'm OK. I did not expect this kind of fight at all. We expected him to run around the ring with me chasing. But he didn't.''
"I definitely expected a much rougher fight. This was easy compared to what I thought we were in for.
"I fought smart and when I was told to pick it up, I knew what time it was so I did. I'm absolutely ready for a shot at a world title.''
"I positively feel 100 percent that I won that fight. I was the aggressor and forced the action. All he did was run. I landed the cleaner punches. I definitely felt I won the last round.
"I was stunned by the headbutt. Sure my left eye bothered me after that and it was blurry. But that's no excuse.
"I felt I was hurting him. He never hurt me once. I really don't understand this decision.''