One-on-One with Arturo Quintero
By Robert Quijano

Today I had the opportunity to catch up with exciting 30 year old boxer Arturo Quintero (16-4-1 with 9 KOs) at his Relentless Boxing Gym in San Jose (70 N. 27th Street, San Jose Ca. 95116). I arrived a little early and observed as Arturo did some mittwork with his trainer Jesse Huerta. This gym was very nicely equipped and spacious, not at all like the humble gyms I am used to in Puerto Rico. Once the work in the ring was concluded, I opened up the questions for Arturo. I started by mentioning to Arturo how he suffered a bad gash over his right eye in his last fight on July 18th in San Francisco. The gash was caused by an accidental head-butt but Arturo still managed to win the fight decisively. I asked Arturo how he eye was. Arturo responded, “It was the first cut in all my pro fights. I feel I took it well.” Arturo acknowledged the great work done by cut man James Michael Bazzel and that sparring should commence by the end of this month.

I then brought up to Arturo that prior to his fight in July, his last fight was a split decision draw (controversial) in November 2010 against current Champion Omar Figueroa. I asked Arturo why he stopped fight and why come back. Arturo stated, “It’s a combination of things. After that I fight I got a lot of offers. Showtime, ESPN, Good Fights. Training set me back with an injury, I also got married that year, had a baby after that then opened the gym. That kept me real busy. I feel like I’m now dedicated and ready to get back into it.”

I then mentioned to Arturo that he also took a break from boxing after his win against Ulises Pena in 2006, waiting 4 years to fight Figueroa. I asked what happened then. Arturo advised that it was the same thing with an injury and “I didn’t have a manager at the time. I was pretty much trying to get my own fights. That was hard. You do that and you don’t have no one to help you, then they try to throw you to the wolves. I wanted to make sure I had the right fights coming back.” I asked Arturo if he was looking to stay more active now and also when we could see him back in the ring. Arturo answered, “Definitely. Now that I have Herb Stone in my corner, Jesse Huerta…Thanks to these guys they’re going to keep me real busy. Hopefully we can finish the year with at least one fight then next year stay as busy as we can.”

I then told Arturo that Jesse had spoken to me about Arturo still having that “taste in his mouth” regarding Omar Figueroa and asked if that was someone he wanted in the future. Arturo smiled and responded, “Definitely! That’s what I want. That’s one of the biggest reasons why I came back. I can still do this. I see this guy fight, from what I’ve seen and in my opinion, he’s going backwards. I have to give it to him, guy comes in shape…comes to fight…very flatfooted. You know, easy to hit. I think I got it so hopefully with herb Stone, Jesse, we can get back into this and hopefully get into contention to take a shot at him. That’s what we’re waiting for.”

In closing Arturo thanked all his fans from San Jose, Relentless Boxing Gym, his wife, and family for all of their support. Keep your eyes open for Arturo as he is sure to make a statement in the ring.

-Keep Jabbing-

ARTURO QUINTERO — Dedicated and Ready to Get Back Into It One-on-One with Arturo Quintero By Robert Quijano Today I had the opportunity to catch up with exciting 30 year old boxer Arturo Quintero (16-4-1 with 9 KOs) at his Relentless Boxing Gym in San Jose (70 N.
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Gran demostración del campeón lareño, Michael ‘el Artista’ Pérez por ‘Showtime Extreme’

Por: Fernando Gaztambide

El campeón Fedelatin de la Asociación Mundial de Boxeo ( AMB ) en las 140 libras, Michael ‘el Artista’ Pérez ( 21-1-2, 10 KO ) de Lares, defendió en una dominante demostración, su título ante el estadounidense, Jared Robinson ( 15-2, 7 KO ) en una pelea que fue transmitida en vivo por ‘Showtime Extreme’ desde el U.S. Bank Arena en Cincinnati, Ohio.

Durante el combate, Robinson visitó la lona a consecuencia de un ‘jab’ de izquierda en el quijada en el segundo asalto. Luego, Pérez continuó descifrando los ataques de su rival, mostrando gran velocidad en sus manos y piernas para ser el más certero en los intercambios de golpes. Los jueces anotaron 98-91, 97-92 y 97-92 para el boricua.

“Estoy muy contento con el trabajo de mi nuevo entrenador Robert García. No me sentí cansado en los asaltos finales y las manos estaban rápidas. Realmente ya estoy loco por saber cuando será la próxima pelea. Vamos arriba Puerto Rico!”, dijo Michael Pérez.

Pérez-Robinson fue parte de las peleas preliminares del cartel estelarizado entre el ex campeón mundial, Adrien Broner ( 28-1, 22 KO ) ante Emmanuel Taylor ( 18-2, 12 KO ) en las 140 libras, encuentro que fue televisado en vivo por la cadena ‘Showtime’.

Gran demostración del campeón lareño, Michael ‘el Artista’ Pérez por ‘Showtime Extreme’ Gran demostración del campeón lareño, Michael ‘el Artista’ Pérez por ‘Showtime Extreme’ Por: Fernando Gaztambide El campeón Fedelatin de la Asociación Mundial de Boxeo ( AMB ) en las 140 libras, …
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CINCINNATI, OhioAdrien Broner and Emanuel Taylor put on a show for “The Problem’s” 8,115 hometown fans in attendance at U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati, brawling to a close, unanimous decision (115-12, 116-111 twice) for Broner that was arguably one of the best fights of the year.

The main event of the SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING tripleheader was a tactical, inside fight from the beginning. Taylor (18-3, 12 KOs) was effective in the early rounds, coming out with an aggressive game plan that surprised the favored Broner and had him backing up against the ropes. The fight was even after six rounds, but as Taylor’s energy waned, Broner (29-1, 22 KOs) took control of the bout.

With the crowd on its feet in a classic 12th round, Broner closed out the bout with an exclamation point. The three-division world champion set up Taylor with a tremendous flurry then floored him with a perfect left hook for the first knockdown of the night with just 20 seconds left in the fight.

“You have fake champs who don’t want to see them in a tough fight, but I’m still pretty,” Broner said. “I want to thank Emanuel Taylor for coming to Cincy to fight me. He put up a hell of a fight. I knew he was going to be tough.”

In just his second fight at 140 pounds after capturing titles at 130, 135 and 147, Broner was looking to prove that he’s still an elite fighter after a tough loss to Marcos Maidana in December 2013.

“I came from the bottom so I know what it feels like to be there. We’re still pushing to get back to the top.

“I said my next fight should be Matthysse and he can get it. If it was up to me I’d fight him with this cut on my head tonight.”

A massive underdog going in, Taylor put on an impressive performance that earned the respect of his outspoken and colorful opponent.

“I came to his hometown and I gave him a good fight,” Taylor said. “In the 12th I just got caught. I was trying to do what I had to do to keep it close and I got caught.

“Everyone underestimated me. Everyone thought I would get stopped in the early rounds, but I put up a good fight. Tonight just wasn’t my night and he walked away with the home victory.”

Argentinean power-puncher Lucas Matthysse scored a quick knockout of previously undefeated Roberto Ortiz with a lethal liver shot at 2:45 of the second round.

In an anticlimactic ending to a bout that had the promise of a war, Matthysse (36-3, 34 KOs) landed a short left hook to the body that sent Ortiz to a knee to catch his breath.  The Mexican spit out his mouthpiece and appeared to be working the count until the final split seconds.  But referee Benji Esteves halted the contest at the count of 10 despite the fact that Ortiz was on his feet and proceeding to stand up straight.

“I did get him really good on the body,” Matthysse said through a translator.  “But if he was ready to get up I was ready to fight.  It was not what I expected, but this is what I have now.  And now I challenge Danny Garcia to stop being a chicken, to stop fighting little boxers and come and fight me.

“If Garcia doesn’t come then I’ll have Adrien Broner.  I’ll have anybody.”

Ortiz (31-1-1, 24 KOs) was clearly disappointed and disagreed with the ref’s count.

“I thought I was up at nine,” Ortiz said through a translator.  “He definitely hit me with a good shot, but I was up at nine.  I could have got up at seven.  I was just, as you said, milking it.  I was in good position to continue this fight and I want a rematch.”

SHOWTIME ringside reporter Jim Gray asked Esteves his thoughts on the stoppage.  Esteves, who did not want to make a comment on camera, told Gray that he thought Ortiz was OK to continue but that he did not beat the count.

It was an early birthday present for Andre Berto in the opening bout on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING, with the former welterweight world champion bouncing back from a lengthy layoff and shoulder surgery with a 10-round unanimous decision victory over Steve Upsher.  The bout was scored 99-91 by all three judges.

Berto, who turns 31 on Sunday, showed no lingering signs of discomfort following after nearly 14 months out of the ring after suffering a shoulder injury in July, 2013 against Jesus Soto Karass.

Working for just the second fight with defensive specialist Virgil Hunter, Berto (29-3, 22 KOs) came out from the opening bell with his familiar aggressive attack.  Upsher (24-4-1, 6 KOs), who was moving up from 140 pounds, had his moments, but Berto’s power and accuracy were the difference as the former champ landed 61 percent of his power shots.

“I’ve been off for a while but everything fell into place pretty well,” Berto said.   “I definitely wanted to get the rounds in.  After the first round I felt like I could hit him whenever I wanted to.  Virgil has been making sure my jab was on point and my boxing skills were on point. I’ve always had power and speed, but he’s been making me stick to the boxing skills a bit more.

“The welterweight division is wide open and there are a lot of options out there.  I’d definitely like to fight some of the guys that I took Ls (losses) from.  I appreciate those ass-whoopings I got but now it’s my time to get mine.”

On SHOWTIME EXTREME, Michael Perez (22-2, 10 KOs) won a convincing unanimous decision victory over previously once-beaten Jared Robinson (15-2, 7 KOs), scored 98-91, 97-92 twice.

In the opening bout on SHOWTIME EXTREME, undefeated bantamweight prospect Rau’Shee Warren (12-0, 3 KOs) scored a dominating unanimous decision victory (100-89 three times) over veteran Jose Luis Araiza (34-9-1, 25 KOs).

Saturday’s SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING telecast will replay this Sunday at 9 a.m. ET / PT on SHOWTIME® and Monday at 10 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME EXTREME and will be available On Demand and on mobile devices via SHOWTIME ANYTIME®.

ABOUT “BRONER VS. TAYLOR”

Broner vs. Taylor, a 12-round super lightweight bout, was held on Saturday, Sept. 6 and was promoted by Golden Boy Promotions and R&R Promotions in association with Star Boxing. In the co-main event, Lucas Matthysse faced Roberto Ortiz in a 12-round super lightweight bout promoted by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Arano Boxing and Pepe Gomez’s Cancun Boxing. In the televised opener, former welterweight world champion Andre Berto will faced Philadelphia’s Steve Upsher in a 10-round welterweight match-up. The event was sponsored by Corona and AT&T and took place at U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati, Ohio live on SHOWTIME immediately following “ALL ACCESS: Mayweather vs. Maidana 2″ Episode 2 premiere at 9 p.m. ET/ 6 p.m. PT. The event was also available in Spanish via secondary audio programming (SAP). Preliminary bouts on SHOWTIME EXTREME aired at 7 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast.

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Beautiful Brawlers IV, August 31st, 2014 – Photo Credit: Rob Quijano / FIGHTiMAGES.COM

Beautiful Brawlers IV a Hit with Fans
By Robert Quijano

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On Saturday, September 27, 2014, big-name boxing returns to Oklahoma City, as Ivaylo Gotzev and his Epic Sports and Entertainment will proudly present a blockbuster show entitled “Rumble on the River” at OKC Downtown Airpark.
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By Robert Quijano

Yesterday’s press event between Manny Pacquiao and Chris Algieri at AT&T Park in San Francisco to promote their upcoming fight on November 22nd in Macao, China was a day full of laughs, respect, and competition.

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