Julio and Quirino battle in 12-rounder

LOS ANGELES, May 28, 2002 - If you go strictly by the numbers, it looks like Quirino (Kirino) Garcia of Mexico (32-22-1) is a mediocre fighter looking for another payday. But look behind the numbers and you discover that Garcia has led two lives.

After an 0-18 start from 1990-94, he's gone 32-4-1 with 25 KOs over the last eight years. Now a legitimate middleweight contender, he's scheduled to face Cuba's Julio Garcia (21-1, 9 KOs) on June 15 at the Miccosukee Resort and Gaming outside Miami in a 12-round bout.

The fight card, promoted by Goossen Tutor Promotions, will also include a middleweight bout featuring unbeaten 2000 Olympian Jermain Taylor (9-0, 7 KOs) in an eight rounder against Grady Brewer (11-4, 8 KOs), and a six-round women's junior-welterweight match featuring Olga Vlasova (5-0, 2 KOs) of Siberia.

The fights will be tape-delayed and broadcast on Sunday, June 16 as part of the "Fox Sunday Night Fights" series on Fox Sports Net. The event will also feature ring announcer and former Playboy model Amy Hayes.

According to promoter Dan Goossen, this "Latin War" between the two Garcias promises to be a brawl.

"Julio hopes a win will catapult him into a world championship bout against Bernard Hopkins,'' Goossen said. "Like most Cuban fighters, he comes right at you and that's half the equation for an exciting fight. But he won't have trouble finding Quirino.''

As for Quirino's stumbling start, he's put that behind him. Since turning it around, he's defeated such fighters as Meldrick Taylor, Simon Brown and Frankie Randall. During that time, one of his four losses was a controversial 10-round decision to 1996 Olympic Gold Medallist and former world champion David Reid.

"I didn't do any complaining back then, but I felt bad for Quirino,'' said Goossen, who was promoting Reid at the time. "Quirino put up a good fight and won the last half of the fight.''

Since signing with manager Osvaldo Kuchle several years ago, Garcia said he's dedicated himself to boxing. "Basically, in the beginning, I was lazy about my training,'' he said. "And my old managers would put me in with 168-pounders when I was 152 pounds.''

Against Julio Garcia, he'll be facing a tough, durable fighter whose only loss was a 12-round decision to top contender Tito Mendoza. Coming from the island that launched greats such as Kid Gavilan and Kid Chocolate, as well as current standouts such as Joel Casamayor and Juan Carlos Gomez, Garcia knows a win will help in his quest to someday add his name to the list of Cuban superstars.

"This will be a fight fan's fight,'' Goossen said. "They both come forward throwing punches and it could come down to the first one to land a punishing blow.''

Vlasova, a Tae Kwon Do and kickboxing champion, will face highly regarded Patricia Demick of Miami (6-3-1, 5 KO's) in a six-round junior welterweight fight.


Norman D. Horton
NDH Consultants

Craig Goossen
Goossen Tutor Promotions, LLC.

Mary Gadbois (Media Credentials)
Goossen Tutor Promotions, LLC.

Chris Fiumara
Green Valley Ranch