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RingTV.com: Has your perspective changed on who you want to fight next, considering your exemplery performance against Ibragimov?
RingTV.com: What type of fight are you looking for next?
Definitely somebody who is a household name, or who has been a household name, or someone who is known.
This year, I'm looking for big names, and I'm looking for each of my fights to get bigger and bigger.
RingTV.com: Have you gone back and looked at the left hook that set up your series of right hands for the finish?
SM: I've watched a few times. I thought that it was a good shot, but I wasn't completely set on it. It was just a reaction punch. I bent down on my left knee and just came back and up with it. If you really watch it, I wasn't really set on it, but I had enough on it to get him and he never really recovered.
Once I got him with the hook, I just threw a barrage of right hands and attacked the body. He kind of attacked, but it also seemed like he was timid and scared of my power. So even when he attacked, and was throwing his right hand, he really wasn't putting a lot into it.
He was punching and retreating at the same time, trying not to get caught with my power. That's one thing, I can fight backing up and going forward, but people hadn't really seen that. In this fight, from the first two minutes of the round, I kind of was the aggressor and kept him on his heels.
But the last part of the round, he started to come forward and get into a rhythm. I felt that I adapted well and that I was too much for him on the inside. I was too powerful for him and I was pushing him around. It turned out to be an easy night for me after I caught him with the left hook.
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