PECHANGA TO HOST BIG-TIME DOUBLEHEADER
Two NABF Championship Bouts Featured
Los Angeles (Mar. 20, 2003) - In case you haven't noticed, the
Pechanga Resort and Casino in Temecula, CA is fast becoming the
new mecca for pro boxing on the West Coast.
Next up for Pechanga - site of a number of major fights in recent
months - is a world-class doubleheader scheduled for March 23.
Promoted by Goossen Tutor Promotions, the fights will be televised
as part of the "Fox Sunday Night Fights" series and will
feature two 12-round NABF Championship bouts, both with world-title
In an NABF lightweight championship bout, Steve Quinonez of Palm
Springs, CA (29-6-1, 11 KOs) will face Antonio Ramirez of Newark,
NJ (19-5-6, 15 KOs).
In the co-featured bout, hard-hitting Gerson Guerro of Mexico City
(25-4, 19 KOs) will challenge the always-tough Ricardo "Chapo"
Vargas (No. 5 IBF) of Tijuana (33-9-3, 11 KOs) for the NABF bantamweight
For Quinonez, the fight with Ramirez will bring him more attention
to his local fans and television exposure, a nice combination for
his pursuit of a world championship.
Coming off an impressive win over former #1 WBC world contender,
Lovemore N'Dou this past November, he's fighting his way into a
world title fight.
Quinonez has been in with some of the top lightweights in the world,
including Diego Corrales, Mickey Ward and Jose Luis Castillo and
he feels that he's at the point of his career that there isn't a
fighter in the lightweight division he can't beat.
Ramirez stands in his way. A tough, powerful veteran himself, Ramirez
likes the idea of playing spoiler and doing it in front of Quinonez'
"When I fought Angel Manfredy last year, he had the benefit
of local scoring and even than, he only squeaked out a majority
decision," said Ramirez. "I feel there is no doubt I won
that fight, but you learn from those experiences." With 15
knockouts in his 19 victories, Ramirez calmly stated, "I will
knock him out."
"In the last two years, I've proven I can take on anyone,"
Quinonez said. "Since the Ward fight, I've rededicated myself
to training, and the results are eveident. You will see Sunday."
Also scheduled to appear is the return of former top 3 heavyweight
contender, Danell Nicholson (40-4, 31 KOs) and Coachella Valley's
local sensation, super-bantamweight prospect Rudy "The Destroyer"
Dominguez (6-0, 1 KO).
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