Tyrone Brunson TKO8 Manny Woods... In Philadelphia, local junior middleweight Tyrone Brunson (26-6-2) stopped Manny Woods (16-7-1) in round eight for his third straight quality win.
GL: Congrats on your victory over Manny Woods. Can you give us some thoughts on your performance? I thought it was a very good performance. Manny Woods is a very durable guy, he had only been stopped once before and that was because he hurt his shoulder so that don't really count. He came to fight, but I was just too much for him.
GL: Were you surprised when he retired on his stool after the eighth round?
Tyrone Brunson: "I knew he was going to quit because I was systematically breaking him down. I was hurting him more and more as the rounds went on. I was hurting him bad with the right hand. I could see it in his eyes that he wanted to quit, he was just waiting for the right time."
GL: What do you hope this victory leads to?
TB: "I heard that I could be fighting Jarrett Hurd next and that would be just the opportunity I'm looking for. The IBF title is definitely the route I want to go."
GL: Did you see the Cotto-Ali fight the other night?
TB: "I missed it, but I heard it was a great fight. I wish Cotto nothing but the best, he was a great fighter and a great warrior and he's a living legend in our sport."
GL: Now that Ali's the WBO junior middleweight champion, I imagine that's a fight that interests you as well.
TB: "Oh man, I would love that. I would definitely fight him next too. I only have one goal right now and that's world title. I feel like I've fought myself into a position where I deserve the fight, and it's my time. I need that title fight next year."
GL: What was the atmosphere like in the 2300?
TB: "I love fighting there and it's home. It's always going to be home, but I've fought there like five times already and it's time for me to get back on the road."
GL: How do you think a fight with you and Jarrett Hurd plays out?
TB: "The same way the fight with me and Manny Woods played out. The same way me and Kermit Cintron played out."
GL: In his last two fights we've seen Hurd find himself down in the fight early, but then rally back to score a late stoppage. What did you learn about him in those two fights?
TB: "I'm not going to give him a chance to rally back. No disrespect to those two fighters, Tony Harrison and Trout, but they're not punching like me. He's not rallying back against me because I'm not giving him the chance too. If I have him in trouble early into the fight I'm not going to miss my opportunity to put him away."
GL: When are you hoping your next fight takes place?
TB: "I spoke to Marshall Kauffman today and he told me that I'll be back early next year, but he didn't give me a specific month yet."
GL: Closing thoughts?
TB: "I want to thank everybody that has stuck by me, I want to thank my promoter Kings Promotions and I want to thank all of my fans and family."