Games out of "Fists of Fury"

February 17, 2001|By MARIO RENTERÍA, Staff Writer

A last-minute change in the boxing match between Agusto "Venenoso" Games and Antonio "Toño" Diaz has resulted in Games being dropped from the fight card and replaced by a Costa Rican for the "Fists of Fury" boxing event set to start at 11 this morning at the PAL Ryerson Youth Center in El Centro, 1100 N. 4th St.

Diaz (33-3, 22 KOs) of Coachella will defend his IBA Intercontinental Junior Welterweight Championship belt against Gilbert "Animal" Quiros (13-3, 11 KOs) after the change that was made Wednesday.

Organizers could not say why Games was dropped but did say during a press conference Friday that "Quiros and Diaz will engage in a long and exciting match."

Both Quiros and Diaz were present at the press conference at the Ramada Inn in El Centro.

The fighters did not exchange words but spoke to members of the press.

"I'm ready and anxious to get in the ring," said Diaz whose last fight was in November.


Diaz said he doesn't know much about Quiros so he will observe him in the first round.

After that he said, "I will try and fight my fight and try to win."

Quiros said during an interview, "This is a big opportunity in my life and I'm not going to let it pass me up."

"I hear he's an excellent fighter but I really haven't seen him fight," he said.

"I will try and use this opportunity to show to everyone that I have what it takes to fight in the U.S. and hopefully this opportunity will open more doors for me," he added.

Quiros' last fight was also in November.

The fight between Quiros and Diaz will be the first and the main event fight of 10 rounds. It will be televised during the "Sunday Brunch" show on Univision Channel 7 but the fight will be blacked out in the Imperial Valley.

Other fights scheduled after the main event, in order of appearance, are: Diego Andrade (13-35-2, 9 KOs) of Durango, Mexico versus Gabriel Muñoz (26-6-1, 17 KOs) of Mexicali; Juan Luis Torres (6-33-1, 4 KOs) of Los Mochis, Mexico versus Jose Aguiniga (3-0, 2 KOs) of Oxnard; Enrique Valenzuela (16-26, 13 KOs) of Santa Rosalia, Mexico versus Michael Anchondo (9-0, 9 KOs) of La Puente; Juan Carlos Aranday (5-19-3, 2 KOs) of Torreon, Mexico versus Ernest Johnson (1-0, 1 KO) of San Diego; and Mario Lopez (0-0-1, 0 KOs) of Mexicali versus Francisco Valenzuela (1-2, 1 KO) of Sonora, Mexico.

Tickets are $35 for ringside, $25 for reserve seating and $15 for general seating and will be available at the door.

Staff Writer Mario Rentería can be reached at 370-8549.

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