We were in the stall offense, but we weren't trying to hold the ball. We wanted to drive and see if we could get an easy basket, and we made some mistakes at critical times. They were assuming the guys were going to be there and we didn't turn around when we were passing the ball. We have a young team and they just made some mistakes. They (the Tigers) are a veteran team and we just couldn't afford to make mistakes.
We were criticized for taking that fight but it was the right decision because the interim title made him champion again. But we need this fight against Toney to prove Rock's totally for real, to cement his legacy as a top heavyweight champ. The plan's working and this could be a very exciting final couple of years for Rock. I don't want him fighting until he's 40 years old.
Rock has a great second opportunity but it was an opportunity that was created. We had a game plan but it wasn't an easy one. A lot of former champs don't want to fight in club venues for not a lot of money. But those four fights gave him the ability to realize that he is a winner. People were writing him off as a loser, but he learned how to win again.