“I know that he’s a Puerto Rican at heart. He’s a strong fighter that comes forward, a good body puncher. But he doesn’t have any boxing skills. He’s just a banger who keeps coming forward.
“Defensively, he leaves himself open with his aggressiveness.
“He was not on my radar. I’ve wanted to fight much tougher guys, higher-ranked guys. But once the fight was offered, I said yes.
“I want to fight Carl Frampton, Leo Santa Cruz, Gary Russell Jr., and a rematch with Javier Fortuna. I want to fight all the top guys because that’s where I belong.
“It feels great to be fighting at home, it’s been a long time. I just want to give back to the city and community for them supporting me while I’ve been on the road. Even when I was an 11-year old amateur, they supported me.
“It means the world to me that I can fight at home and show everyone what they’ve been missing. Last time I fought here [in Cleveland] was in 2015.
“I know Rocky is a tough fighter, he’s beat a couple prospects and he’ll be coming to win.
“I’ve heard from many of my Olympic teammates this week and I’m excited to show them how I look as a professional. I’m looking forward to showing my skills to all the boxing fans around the world.
“It should be an entertaining, good fight. I’m ready to go and hopefully close the show early. I’m ready for all six or a first-round knockout.
“I feel no pressure fighting at home or on Showtime. After fighting in the Olympics, I’m ready for anything.”
“Right now, I’m at the rebuilding stage of my career to become a world champion.”
“I know a lot about Alexis Hloros, so no issue being a late addition as an opponent, I’m ready.
“I haven’t fought in Cleveland since 2009. I love being able to fight at home. It means a great deal to me.
“I want my next opponent to be a top 20 opponent and to fight again on Showtime.”
“I know Nunez is a very strong, come-forward fighter, but he’s got no chance on Friday night.
“Last time I fought in Cleveland was as an amateur, three or four years ago.
“I feel no pressure at all fighting at home. I’m thrilled to be fighting at home.
“Charles and I spar all the time helping each other. He’s like my little brother. We make a great team.
“Sign the contract. I’m ready to fight anyone.”
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