|Manuel Quezada: “I am ready to fight!”
INTERVIEW By Benny Henderson Jr. Doghouse Boxing (June 4, 2008) Photo © Mary Ann Owen
Coming up this Thursday night June 5th from the HP Pavilion in San Jose, CA, heavyweight prospect Manuel Quezada 22-4 (15) is not only looking for his twelfth consecutive win, but to break out of the shadows and come into the light as he takes on once beaten Teke Oruh 14-1-1 (6) in the ten round main event of Goossen Tutor’s "American Metal & Iron Fight Night at the Tank".
A former kick boxing amateur champion, the California native stepped into the professional boxing ranks in
August of 2001. Since his jump into the pros, Quezada has had his ups and downs as a professional fighter. But since his learning experiences Manuel has banged out eleven straight victories.
Quezada has defeated the likes of Eric Boose by UD, he stopped the 6’9” Rick Dyer in two rounds and in his last go around Manuel stopped the “Bad Boy” Galen Brown in five rounds.
The thirty year old has also tacked on the WBE super heavyweight and the WBC CABOFE heavyweight titles in his quest to become the best. His journey continues this Thursday night as he goes head to head against Teke Oruh.
In this exclusive interview conducted by Doghouse Boxing, Manuel speaks out on upcoming fight as well as his career, enjoy.
Benny Henderson Jr.: You are scheduled to face Teke Oruh coming June 5th in California, can you give the readers your thoughts on that match-up?
Manuel Quezada: It is going to be a good fight, if he comes ready to fight it is going to be a great fight, because I am ready. He is a big strong guy and I am not as big as he is, but it is still going to be an exciting fight. I am going to counter him and wear him down.
BH: Oruh is coming off the first loss of his career, do you feel that you can capitalize on that loss in hopes of Teke not being as confident as before, or does this make him a much more dangerous opponent as he is looking to get back on the winning track?
MQ: You can look at it both ways, I am going in there expecting the worse. If he comes in ready to rebound off his first loss it will be a great fight because I am ready to fight. Hopefully I can jump on him quick and kind of show him that this is not the sport for him. Get on him quick and hopefully he will doubt himself in going back to his last fight.
BH: You have been sparring with Malik Scott and have traded leather with Chris Arreloa in the gym as well. Both ranked undefeated contenders. What have you learned from those guys in the gym?
MQ: I learned that this is a tough sport and I really thank those guys, they give me encouragement. I have to be on top of my game to even spar with those guys. I am going to bring it regardless if it is in sparring or in a fight.
BH: For the ones who have not seen you fight, how would you describe your style and your greatest assets?
MQ: I am the kind of guy who is always going forward, but I am not going forward just throwing crazy punches, I am there to open you up and counter you and pop you. I am always using my jab to open you up then counter you.
BH: What separates you from the other prospects in the heavyweight division?
MQ: To be honest with you the mentality, I am at the point where I am not as young as some of these guys and I think that I have matured. I am ready to fight and I will fight whoever! I think I can compete with everybody.
BH: If you could send out a message to Teke Oruh before the fight what would you say?
MQ: I am not a big trash talker so I would not say anything, but just to be ready to fight because I am.
BH: For the ones who don’t know you and are asking, why should I come see this kid fight, what would you say?
MQ: Because I am exciting heavyweight, I am not as big but I can bring the pop, I have some speed and I have some pop. I will make it exciting, I will be in there. I will fight whoever!
BH: Anything in closing?
MQ: I want to thank you for taking out the time to speak with me, I hope we can have many more interviews. And I would like to thank all my supporters.
I would like to thank Mario Serrano for setting up this interview, and a thanks goes out to Manuel for his time and thoughts.
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