March 11, 2013 - Gary Shaw Productions is excited to present lightweight contender Marvin Quintero (25-4, 21KOs) as he steps into the ring with Ammeth Diaz (31-11, 22KOs) in an IBF lightweight title elimination bout scheduled for 12 rounds on Friday, April 5th in the main event of ESPN Friday Night Fights. The fight will take place at the Chumash Casino in Santa Ynez, California.
The two lightweights have been on a collision course with each other and both have been in the ring with some of the division's best. Now, they will get the chance to meet and further separate the gap from one another.
Quintero is excited about getting the chance to get back to where he was and he says he will not squander his good fortune.
"I'm very grateful to my promoter Gary Shaw for getting me this opportunity. I feel for Diaz because I know he is a good fighter, but he is in an impossible position. Standing between me and my destiny is not a smart career move, but he can use this fight as a lesson while I use it to get myself one step closer to my dream," Quintero said.
Diaz knows how important this fight is and what a win could do for his career; he doesn't plan on making it an easy night for Quintero.
"I'm going through hell in training camp and because of that I will put Quintero through hell on the night of the fight. This is everything to me and I won't let anyone stop me, but if Quintero is going to try he better be prepared that night. He better be prepared to deal with a wild beast and I'm warning him now that this fight won't come down to who is more talented, it will come down to who is prepared to suffer the most. I will out will him," Diaz said.
Gary Shaw is excited about the prospects of this fight and what it will mean to the winner. Shaw is also confident that this matchup will give ESPN the quality show that fans have grown accustomed to seeing on the network this year.
"I want to thank Doug Loughrey of ESPN for giving us the opportunity to put on these exciting fights," said Shaw. "ESPN has had some terrific matchups this year and this fight is a continuation of that trend. These two young hungry lions will help ESPN to maintain the quality shows they've been televising. This is a terrific fight, actually the entire card will be terrific and the main event alone is fantastic."
"This is a really special matchup with some special circumstances. The winner between Marvin and Diaz will align himself very nicely in the division. I know these guys, this eliminator is like throwing a T-bone steak between two starving dogs and that is the kind of action they'll produce," Shaw concluded.
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