“I heard the scores were not in my favor. Right now I can’t say whether or not I agree with them. I thought I was winning the fight, but I’d have to go back and watch closer.
“I hit him with a left hook to the side of the head. Once I hit him with that, I knew that I had him hurt.
“I hope that this will put me in a position to either fight Adonis Stevenson or Joe Smith again. I think that both of those fights would be really good rematches for me.
“Chad Dawson has had a great career and gotten some huge wins. That definitely helped him tonight, but he didn’t do anything to surprise me and he never hurt me.
“I knew after my loss to Smith that a lot of people had come out to see me. Some people were disheartened with that loss but I know a lot of people made the trip to see me again tonight. I just want to thank all of my fans back from Chicago and here in New York, and I can’t wait to come back even stronger. “
“I knew I was winning the fight. I didn’t agree with the stoppage. He was early. The knockdown was a push also but he caught me on my way down. I have nothing to hang my head about.
“I think I’m leaning towards retirement. I’ve had a good career. I have nothing to be ashamed of.
“I was comfortable the whole fight. I think I did a lot to confuse him. He didn’t expect me to box the way I did. I put on a good performance until the stoppage. I knew I was ahead.”