[PHOTOS] JUAN CARLOS PAYANO WINS A SPLIT DECISION VICTORY OVER RAU’SHEE WARREN ON PBConBOUNCE

WINTER PARK, FLA. – Juan Carlos Payano (17-0, 8 KOs) defeatedRau’shee Warren (13-1, 4 KOs) by 12-round split decision in the debut of PBC: The Next Round on Bounce TV.

Photos Credit Suzanna Teresa/Premier Boxing Champions
Photos Credit Suzanna Teresa/Premier Boxing Champions

Further televised action featured the first round of a four-man super welterweight tournament. In the first bout John Jackson (20-2, 15 KOs) won a 10-round unanimous decision over Dennis Laurente (49-6, 30 KOs).

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The second televised bout featured a hard-hitting scrap that saw Jorge Cota Lugo (25-1, 22 KOs) defeat Yudel Jhonson (17-2, 9 KOs) by a 10-round unanimous decision.

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Jackson and Cota Lugo will now meet at a later date.

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Here is what the fighters had to say Sunday following their bouts:

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JUAN CARLOS PAYANO

 

“I feel strong. Every now and then he hit me with something that affected me, but I feel good.

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“All of the cuts on my face are from headbutts.

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“Warren is one of the best in this division, but there are lots of other good fighters in this division. I’ll fight any of them.

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“I think the decision was fair.

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“I don’t think we’ll do a rematch with Warren next, but my manager will decide.”

 

RAU’SHEE WARREN

 

“The one judge had it heavily for me, so I don’t know what was up with the others. I think the point deductions really hurt me. (Payano) said I hit him while he was down and it cost me.

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“He was strong in the first four or five rounds, but then I figured him out.

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“I want a rematch. I’ll be back strong.”

 

YUDEL JHONSON

 

“I’ve been boxing a long time. This may be my strongest fight yet though. I’ve never been hit that hard, so I was happy to go the distance.

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“I was very ready for this fight, which was a good thing. I didn’t get knocked down as much as I could have been.

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“I want to thank PBC and Al Haymon for this opportunity. This was a big test and I was ready. It was an excellent fight against a great Mexican fighter. I feel like a fight like tonight qualifies me to face anyone.

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“I’m ready for anyone they want to put in front of me next. I just need another chance to prove myself.”

 

JORGE COTA LUGO

 

“When I was in the dogfight, I was just thinking about winning so that I can continue to support my family.

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“My team told me to step it up midway through the fight and I listened to them. I was a little uncomfortable with all the holding and twisting, but we knew his style and were ready for him.

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“This opportunity on PBC on Bounce TV only motivates me more. Half way through the fight I hurt my (left) hand, but I knew I had to get through it and my corner helped me.

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“I haven’t seen (John) Jackson fight actually. I was only focused on my fight tonight. I hear he’s a strong fighter though, and now I can start preparing for him.”

 

JOHN JACKSON

 

“I was trying to listen to the corner’s advice. When I knocked him down in the third round I had been hearing my corner tell me to throw the uppercut. So I caught him on the chin with one and he went down.

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“Going in to my fights everyone expects the knockout. If it comes it comes, but I really just want the win.

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“I want to thank God and Al Haymon for being on Bounce TV. This is great exposure. After my loss against (Andy) Lee I want to continue to show people that I’m a more mature, composed fighter.

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“For my next opponent, I know Yudel (Jhonson) from the amateurs, but I’d also like to face Jorge Cota Lugo.

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“I’ll take a week or two off now. My brother fights soon and I’ll head straight into camp with him as soon as he’s ready after his fight. It won’t be a long rest.”

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DENNIS LAURENTE

 

“I trained very hard so that when I got knocked down I would be able to recover easily.

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“I think it was the right decision.

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“I don’t know who comes next because I still have to defend my Oriental Pacific Boxing Federation (OPBF) junior middleweight crown.

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“I’m sorry that I couldn’t win this one for my fans but I’ll be back.”

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