“I’m like a cartoon in front of them, and I can’t get all upset because they don’t like my cartoon one day. I’m coming back to win that title for all the people hat believed in me. What would I tell a 14-year old girl? I’d tell her she was gorgeous, no matter what you think. I’d tell her ‘You have a right to be anywhere, and no matter what you think right now, in five years you won’t give a sh*t about it. And wear a condom.'”

“I think when I’m fighting it’s the only time I’m entirely in the present moment, there’s no five minutes ago or five minutes from now. I’m still grieving the person that could have won it all. I have to live up to the fact that I’m not her. That’s just who I’d like to be and instead I’m who I need to be.”

“You have to go through those stages of acceptance and you need optimism. I hope people remember me as one of the greatest fighters of all time. I remember these open workouts, there was this lady and she was dying of cancer, and she came out just to meet me. She asked me ‘Please, please win,’ and I promised her I would but then I didn’t. I need to come back and I need to fulfil that promise.”