GARCIA GUARANTEED TO WIN ON JUNE 15 AT MICCOSUKEE
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
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
Goossen Tutor Promotions, LLC.
Mary Gadbois (Media Credentials)
Goossen Tutor Promotions, LLC.
Green Valley Ranch