Win over N’Dou is second consecutive top contender beaten

LOS ANGELES (Nov. 5, 2002) - With new management and back-to-back big wins under his belt, lightweight contender Steve Quinonez is ready to reclaim his top-10 status and take on any 135-pounder in the business.

“I'm ready for anybody,’’ said Quinonez, who lives in Palm Springs, CA. “I’ve been in there with a lot of highly rated tough fighters - Lovemore N’Dou, Jose Luis Juarez, Micky Ward, Diego Corrales. How much tougher can they get?’’

Ask him who he wants next and the first name that comes up is IBF lightweight champ Paul Spadafora.

“Quite frankly, I’d love to fight any of the champions,’’ said Quinonez, who is now fighting under the Goossen Tutor Promotions banner.

Sunday at the Table Mountain Casino in Friant, CA, Quinonez (29-6-1, 11 KOs) caught some attention when he defeated the highly-touted N’Dou (31-5-1) in a fight that showcased two of the better lightweights in the fight game.

In his previous fight, Quinonez defeated Juarez, who was 23-4-1 at the time and considered too dangerous for WBC Lightweight champion Floyd Mayweather.

“In the past, I was always taking fights on short notice because I have a family and I needed the money,’’ Quinonez said. “But now that I’m with Goossen Tutor, I know when I’m going to fight. There’s no more excuses. I hit my lowest point physically and mentally in my career before the Ward bout, which extended into the fight. It was something that I never encountered or experienced before. It wasn't me that night. I've been in with plenty of big bangers and I was always able to withstand the assaults."

Quinonez knows the win over N’Dou and signing with Goossen Tutor will finally provide him the opportunity to reap the dividends of his hard work.

“Its been so frustrating my whole career,’’ he said. “Before, when I didn’t have the right management, they’d never tell me when I was fighting. I got tired of being used, of not knowing who, what or when. I considered myself a future champion and I wasn't being treated like one.’’

He said he doesn’t have to worry about it any more.

“I’m 31 and it’s time to make it,’’ he said. “And having a promoter is really going to help me out.’’

"The lightweight division is wide open with plenty of potential opportunities against former champions like (Stevie) Johnston, (Jose Luis) Castillo, (Angel) Manfredy, and (Julian) Lorcy or any of the top 10 contenders," said Dan Goossen, president of Goossen Tutor Promotions.

Quinonez’ manager, Lee Espinoza, said his fighter proved he was ready for prime time.

“This win will definitely open some big doors for him,’’ he said. “Something has got to come up. We'd like Spadafora or Mayweather, but we'll just take it as it comes.’’


Norman D. Horton
NDH Consultants

Craig Goossen
Goossen Tutor Promotions, LLC
818-817-8005 fax