Roughly 15 months have passed since the pro debut of Samuel Quinones Jr. in the boxing ring.
Quinones, a 2008 York High graduate, has been thinking about it everyday since Ramon Ellis put him on his back from a knockout back on Aug. 11, 2012.
"The first fight I came in after a three-year layoff (from boxing). Then the day of the fight I was only able to add maybe one pound of water-weight back. By the last 10 seconds (of the fight) I was like..." Quinones said as he feigns being dizzy. "He (Ellis) landed a shot in here. (Quinones points to the back left part of his head). That was it."
Since then, Quinones has won three of his next four fights and recently brought in local boxing trainer Julio Alvarez to help him improve his skills in the squared circle. Now, Quinones (3-2) will get another shot at Ellis (4-9-2) when the two meet for a rematch in the main event of Saturday's boxing event at the Valencia Ballroom in York City.
"I'm motivated. I've been working hard. I'm excited for it. I'm not nervous I'm just excited," Quinones said Tuesday night at the Lincolnway Sportscenter in West York. "The first (time) I fought with him (Ellis) I was laid off from boxing for about three years. I had just gotten married. I was working a lot of hours."
Quinones, 24, first came to the United States from Puerto Rico when he was 9 years old. He lived in Philadelphia for three years before he and his family moved to York. Quinones still works a lot of hours to support his wife and their 3-month-old daughter, 2-year-old daughter and 3-year-old son. He's in his fifth year working full-time at ES3, a supply-chain management company whose flagship facility is located in Conewago Township. Most York County residents probably know ES3 as the huge warehouse along I-83 between the Zionsview/Strinestown and Old Trail Road exits.
"I get up at 5 in the morning. I work 6 to 4:30 and then I come here," Quinones said as his two oldest children ran around the gym while his wife sat in the corner holding their youngest daughter. "I'm training but that's why I like to have them here."
Fight: The Quinones-Ellis super-lightweight (140-pound) match-up is one of five fights scheduled for Saturday's event.
James Robinson (1-0-1), a 2011 West York grad, will face Malik Jackson (0-1-1) in a super middleweight (168 pounds) match-up.
Doors to the show open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $30 for general admission, $40 for reserved and $60 for ringside. For more information or for tickets, contact Alvarez at 968-8000.
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