"I knew he was a tough kid, so I knew he was going to be tough and that he would stay there and fight. He's young, so if it came down to it, he was going to do what he knows best and that's to fight it out. He had that young lion heart, but he was dealing with an old lion from the D. I'm from Detroit's projects...I give it up to that kid. He tried to fight and bang, but nobody in the welterweight division or the junior welterweight division will bang with me head up, man. They gonna have to run and hold. They cannot stay there and fight me like that," stated welterweight Lanardo Tyner as he talked about the biggest win of his career thus far, a 9th round TKO stoppage of the highly-touted Antwone Smith this past weekend on ShoBox: The New Generation. Check out what he had to say about the fight, his future plans and much more.
PC: Congratulations on your big win over Antwone Smith. How do you feel about your performance?
LT: Hey, I finally felt like everything came together, man. Everything came together for me in one fight, man. I had my back against the wall. I'm tired of these guys thinking that I can't win the big fight. They don't realize I'm going into people's countries and hometowns and I have to knock them out. In this fight, I was relaxed and neither me or him was from there, so I got the chance to relax and then go for the knockout.
PC: You look at the Alvarez fight, your fight with Peterson and even Mighty Mike's win over you, they were all decisions. None of those guys put you away, but to the public eye, it would appear every time you stepped up in competition, you lost.
LT: If they would have watched those fights, they would have seen that them boys was fighting for their life in those fights. I lost, but they was fighting for their life in there and you know the scorecards are going to favor them. I'm in there rushing because I know I gotta knock those guys out to win. I ain't scared to take a chance to. I'll take a loss for me trying to knock them out of the way and put myself in a better position.
PC: Going into the fight, what are some of the things that you felt you had to be successful at to get a win?
LT: I knew he was a tough kid, so I knew he was going to be tough and that he would stay there and fight. He's young, so if it came down to it, he was going to do what he knows best and that's to fight it out. He had that young lion heart, but he was dealing with an old lion from the D. I'm from Detroit's projects.
PC: I saw that Boxrec.com had him listed as weighing in at 145.5 pounds?
LT: Naw man, I don't know why they put that on Boxrec.com like that. That cat weighed in at 147.5. I don't know why they put 145. That was crazy. I don't know what they trying to say or do; like he lost too much weight or what, but I was right next to him at the scales. He weighed in at 147.5 and I weighed in at 148. That was a lie.
PC: Okay. I feel you. At what point did you feel the eye was bothering Smith, because it was very swollen?
LT: When I hit him one time in the round that I stopped him in, I noticed after I hit him one time, he reached for it and he touched it like he thought I busted it. I hit him with a straight left in it and he went back to the ropes and grabbed it, so I rushed him then and that's when I hit him with the body shot.
PC: He was a tough kid and we've seen him take some nice head shots and shots on his chin. With that in mind, how important was it for you to register some work downstairs and touch his body up?
LT: I like punching to the body anyway, but I knew I had to do him like that. I had to break that kid down man. I had to keep going to that body. I seen the fight myself and I didn't realize I was going to the body like that. He was a tough kid, man, because he took a lot of them hard body shots, so I know he pissing blood right now.
PC: Once the body shot landed, and I think you even got a head shot in because he was doubled over, did you realize he wasn't getting up from that?
LT: Yeah! It's funny, man, because when I be fighting regular guys and I know it's an easy fight, when I knock them down, I be in the neutral corner like, "Get up! Get up!" I be wanting to fight some more, but at this point and time, I was like, "Don't get up." I ain't want his ass to get up. I wanted him to stay down, but when I saw him get up, I was like, "I'm about to jump on his ass. I'm about to try to damage his ass. He ain't about to get out of this round." He quit man. I don't blame him though. I wouldn't have quit, but he couldn't help it man. He couldn't see and...he had to though, man. He had to let it go so he could live to fight another day. He a young guy.
PC: He is young at 23 and you were a huge underdog and this was a do-or-die fight for you at 34. Being that you were brought in as an opponent for younger guys a lot, do you come to the ring with a little chip on your shoulder?
LT: Yeah. I'm self-promoted and self-managed, so I know there ain't gonna be no cards in my hands. I have to play with a full deck and get what I can. When I come there, man, I know what they trying to do, you know what I'm saying? I got the will to knock a guy out though, so I'm taking my chances. I'll take a loss to try to knock a motherfucker out to get in a better position.
PC: He had stopped his previous two opponents, with his win over Henry Crawford being his claim to fame. I was shocked you were so willing to exchange with him early.
LT: Yeah, that's my style. That's me. I love to bang. I love that. Nobody actually keeps banging with me. They will try it, but then they will start running and holding. I give it up to that kid. He tried to fight and bang, but nobody in the welterweight division or the junior welterweight division will bang with me head up, man. They gonna have to run and hold. They cannot stay there and fight me like that; they nuts ain't big enough. They can try to have them, but they shit go up in they stomach!
PC: Hey man, it was a great win. You showed some vicious body punching, which I am a fan of. Give me some closing thoughts Lanardo.
LT: I just need a fan base of people that are true fight fans, man. I'm an underdog, man. I'm doing all of this by myself. I ain't got no big promoter to put me out there, so luckily, the TV likes me, the Showtime people and the ESPN people, and they want these guys to fight me just to get them on TV. I just need my fan base because I ain't got no promoter or nothing, so I need ya'll out here hollering and talking about me and make these guys fight me. I would appreciate that. And thanks a lot to you man. I appreciate it.
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