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April 10, 2017

By G. Leon

GL: Congrats on your victory, can you give us some thoughts on your performance? I thought it was a pretty good win, I don't think it was just a win, I think it was a statement. I went out there super pumped. I just couldn't wait to get my hands on him. I had the pace down and it was an unbelievable night and experience for me. It was special. GL: RingStar has quite a bit of exceptional young talent and you were the only one who appeared on the telecast. What does that mean to you? All of those guys are very good fighters and I think we all have a bright future. I think the reason why I probably got on the telecast is because Richard sees something in me, he knows I'm Mexican-American and have a very exciting style. I know Richard is a very smart guy and he knows what he's doing.

GL: Are you disappointed that Smith quit on his stool instead of giving you the satisfaction of a traditional stoppage?

Karlos Balderas: "I was hoping that he would come back out because I knew that in the second round I was going to finish him. It was just going to be a matter of time before he went down, but I was hoping I could get a knockout, not just a stoppage, but these things happen. He had three losses going into the fight, but he had never been stopped before, and I knew that I would be the first guy to stop him because he never faced any competition like me. I'm not trying to be cocky or anything, that's just how I feel."

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

KB: "It's up to Raul (Jaimes), I just got to check my hand because I hurt the pinky knuckle on my left hand. It's kind of swollen so I'm just going to get it checked out to make sure it's all good. I'm sure it is, but we're just going be safe. I think I'll be back in the ring in June or July."

GL: Is this issue with your hand an ongoing thing or did it just happen last night?

KB: "I've always had minor problems with my hand ever since I was a kid, it's not serious though, like I said it's just swollen."

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

KB: "I'm just very, very grateful that I had so much support. I think I had more people in there than even Riverside Rocky did. But I'm very, very thankful to my Lord and Savior. I worked hard for three months for this fight and treated it like a championship fight, I knew there was going to be a lot of eyes on me. I'm very happy with the performance even though he stopped fighting from his stool. Next time hopefully it won't be like that, but I'll be ready to go."

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