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March 13, 2017

By G. Leon

Former NABO titlist gets short end of stick in Kronktown

GL: Obviously it wasn't the outcome you wanted. Can you give us some thoughts on your performance as well as the decision? "I thought I fought very well. I thought I was up, I thought I outboxed him. Every time he threw he missed or I blocked it, I out-punched him. I did a lot better than him in every category and the decision was a robbery to me."

GL: I thought you won the fight 96-94, as did the commentators. It was a close fight, but I thought you did enough to win. What was going through your mind when they announced that decision?

Antonio Nieves: "I'm upset, but at the end of the day there's nothing I can do now to change that decision. I was fighting in Detroit against a kid who is trained by Sugar Hill and trains in Detroit. He's on the known Detroit trainers and I think that had a lot to do with the decision, that and the two Detroit judges who gave it to him. I'm upset, but I got to bounce back. There's nothing left to do but bounce back now. Do I think the decision was BS? I do. I think the decision had a lot to do with him having a Detroit corner and having two Detroit judges and I think everything fell into place for him."

GL: What do you feel you could have done to make the victory more clear cut?

AN: "I think I, I don't know man. I was outboxing him clearly, maybe if I would've picked it up another notch and tried to hurt him once or twice in every round I could have made it clearer. I thought just like everybody else that it was clear cut decision for me. I guess I've got to pick it up a notch now."

GL: Since you feel you won the fight are you looking to making the most significant fight possible next? I don't think there's any need to take a comeback fight, if you feel you won the fight you should take another fight that's going to put you right back in the mix that the win would have.

AN: "I agree with you and I think that my next fight should be a fight that puts me right back in the mix. Everybody saw that I won that fight, it was one of those decisions that happen in boxing where the fans and people in boxing disagree with, so I definitely want to fight somebody that's going to put me right back in the mix."

GL: In the past you've expressed interest in fighting Rau'Shee Warren. Is he somebody you'd like to fight next?

AN: "I don't know, I want to fight the guys that have the title. When he had the title they had no interest in fighting us, so I don't know. He doesn't really have anything I need right now."

GL: A win over Warren would get you highly rated, a title fight is probably not going to materialize next because that's not how this business usually works. 

AN: "You may be right, if it's him or somebody else whoever. I want to fight for the title and I'll go through whoever I got to go through to get there."

GL: When are you hoping your next fight takes place?

AN: "I don't know yet, I've got to sit down with my team and see what they're thinking. I'd like it to happen soon though."

GL: Was there anything about Potapov that surprised you?

AN: "Not at all. We knew he was going to come forward and I was going to outbox him and that's just what I did."

GL: Is there anything you'd like to say in closing?

AN: "I'm going to come back stronger than ever. This ain't the last you've seen of me. When I come back next time it's going to be a whole different lion. I'm going to make sure I win my next fight more clearly."

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