Story and photos by Felipe Leon
After defeating Nick Casal back in early ’09 on ShoBox: The Next Generation, the future looked bright for Tijuana super featherweight Marvin Quintero (21-3, 17 KOs). Once he got through Wes Ferguson, some months later, it was only a matter of time before Quintero followed in the footsteps of stablemate Antonio DeMarco and challenge for a title.
But then he faced Tyrone Harris and the train got derailed via an eight round TKO. Since then, Quintero has been trying to get it back on course. He gets his next opportunity this Friday night on the semi-main event of ESPN’s “Friday Night Fights” from the Pechanga Resort and Casino when he faces late sub Gabriel “The Ghost” Tolmajyan (10-1, 3 KOs) in a scheduled ten rounder. The southpaw Quintero, originally of Culiacan, Mexico, was supposed to face hard-hitting former title challenger Ji Hoon Kim (22-7, 18KOs) but that face-off was scratched after Kim was diagnosed with a detached retina earlier this week.
Quintero is a quick and tricky southpaw with an intelligent come-forward style coupled with relentless pressure. A seven year pro, Quintero amassed superb amateur career under the tutelage of Romulo Quirarte at the CREA gym in the heart of Tijuana where Quintero is sought after as a tough sparring partner by the likes of stable mate Antonio DeMarco as well as WBC lightweight champ Humberto “Zorrita” Soto, title contender Mercito Gesta and up and coming prospect Antonio Orozco among others.