Carlos Quintana (boxer)

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Carlos Quintana
Real name Carlos Quintana
Nickname(s) El Indio
Rated at Welterweight
Nationality  Puerto Rico
Born (1976-11-06) November 6, 1976 (age 40)
Moca, Puerto Rico
Stance Southpaw
Boxing record
Total fights 33
Wins 29
Wins by KO 23
Losses 4
Draws 0
No contests 0

Carlos Quintana (born November 6, 1976) is a retired Puerto Rican professional boxer. As an amateur Quintana represented Puerto Rico. He debuted as a professional in 1997. On February 24, 2006, he participated in his first professional championship fight, defeating Raul Bejerano for the World Boxing Organization's Latino welterweight championship. His first defense took place on June 24, 2006 when he defeated Joel Julio by unanimous decision in a welterweight title eliminator. In this fight he also won the World Boxing Council's Latino welterweight championship. His first world title fight took place on December 2, 2006, when he fought against Miguel Cotto for the World Boxing Association welterweight title. Cotto won the fight by technical knockout. On February 9, 2008, Quintana challenged Paul Williams for the WBO welterweight championship, winning the fight by unanimous decision. He entered the Light Middleweight division to face Deandre Latimore, knocking Latimore out to win the NABO Light Middleweight championship.

Personal life[edit]

Quintana was born on November 6, 1976 to Arturo Quintana and Adelina Velázquez.[1] He has 7 siblings, six sisters named Aida, Nydia, Awilda, Magdalena, Omayra and Mabel and one brother named Arturo. Quintana is married to Moraima Quintana and lives with her and the couple's four children, three daughters and a son.[2] He uses his property in Moca as a farm, which he maintains when he is not working.[3] Over the course of his life, Quintana has worked administrating a gasoline station and as the owner of a gymnasium.[4] Quintana's training is managed by José Bonilla, who trained him and was a member of his corner staff during fights.

Early and amateur career[edit]

Carlos Quintana was born and raised in Moca, Puerto Rico. He became interested in boxing when he was ten years old and debuted as an amateur five years later. When interviewed Quintana noted that he was winning his fight and enjoy the experience until he received a hit on the troath. After this fight Quintana continued his career, winning multiple national championships in Puerto Rico. In 1996 Quintana was part of the team selected to represent Puerto Rico in the 1996 Summer Olympics. Quintana finished his amateur career with a record of sixty-two wins in seventy fights, with forty-eight of these wins being by knockout.[5]

Professional career[edit]

Known as "El Indio", Quintana turned pro in 1997 and won his first 23 professional fights, including 18 by way of KO.

On December 5, 2003 Quintana competed against Candy Robertson in a ten-round fight. Quintana controlled the fight's tempo throughout the contest, which featured several holds. In the seventh round Robertson was docked a point, after losing his mouthpiece on several occasions. The fight ended in the eight round, when Quintana connected several combinations to Robertson's head after trapping him in one of the ring's corners, one of these punches connected on his opponent's face and he collapsed unable to recover before the count of ten.[6] On March 5, 2004 Quintana fought against Edwin Cassiani in the undercard of a fight organized in Pala, California. Quintana scored the fight's first knockdown in the first round, when he connected a combination to his adversary's body. Following this round both fighter traded combinations. In the third round Quintana connected six consecutive punches to Cassiani's face, which made him collapse to the ring's canvas, the referee immediately stopped the fight.[7]

Quintana's next fight was against Kemal Kolonivic in a fight that took place on August 24, 2004. Kolonivic was used as a late replacement and was scheduled to fight in the undercard of a card that included Jose Nieves vs. Alberto Ontiveros. Quintana won the fight by unanimous decision. The judges awarded him scores of 80-72, 80-72 and 79-73.[8]

Quintana's next fight was against Nurhan Suleyman, on February 25, 2005. The card was organized in Miami, Oklahoma, and was scheduled for ten rounds. Early in the first round Quintana connected a solid punch on Suleyman's chin, and subsequently began boxing while his opponent followed him around the ring, he closed the first round connecting two combinations. This pattern continued in the second round when Quintana relied on boxing and connecting jabs, the round closed with both men trading punches. Quintana controlled the fight's tempo in the third and began the fourth round on the offensive scoring solid punches while trading combinations with his adversary, with one minute remaining in the round Quintana scored a knockdown and the fight was stopped seconds after when Suleyman didn't respond to his attack.[9]

On July 12, 2005 Quintana was scheduled to fight against Francisco Campos. Quintana began the fight on the offensive, connecting punches while boxing. In the third round of his punches connected solidly on Campos' chin. In the fourth round Campos tried to fight inside, but was countered by his opponent's strategy. Santos began the fifth round on the offensive, while Quintana used combinations to the body. Quintana began the sixth by connecting a solid punch that made his opponent switch to a defensive stance. This pattern continued until the round ended, the fight was stopped between rounds when Santos informed the referee that he was unable to continue, thus awarding Quintana a technical knockout victory.[10] On February 24, 2006, Quintana had his first professional championship fight, when he fought against Raul Bejerano of Argentina for the vacant World Boxing Organization's Latino welterweight title, in an event that took place in Ponce, Puerto Rico.[5] In the tenth round Quintana scored a knockdown when one of his punches injured Berejano. Once his opponent recovered he continued in the offensive and connected several combinations before the fight was stopped by technical knockout.[5] Prior to this fight Berjerano had never been knocked down in his career.[5]

On June 24, 2006 Quintana fought against Joel Julio of Colombia in a welterweight title eliminator sanctioned by the World Boxing Association. The boxing card was organized at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.[5] Quitana dominated the fight's tempo throughout the contest relying on his boxing skills while Julio tried to utilize his strength.[5] The judges awarded Quintana a unanimous decision with scores of 118-110, 117-111 and 115-112. In this match Quintana defended the WBO's Latino welterweight title and won the World Boxing Council's Latino welterweight title. This was regarded as one of Quintana's most important fights, prompting future championship opportunities.[11]

On December 2, 2006, Quintana fought fellow undefeated Puerto Rican Cotto, who moved up in weight from Jr. Welterweight. Quintana started the fight boxing and connecting right jabs, the round concluded with both users exchanging combinations.[12] This pattern continued in the second round, with Cotto connecting two solid body punches to Quintana.[12] Quintana began the third round connecting a solid jab to Cotto's face, but the round concluded with Cotto connecting several combinations to the body. In the fifth round Cotto had control of the fight's tempo, and connected several combinations to the body, scoring a knockdown while switching between the orthodox and southpaw stances.[12] Between rounds Quintana indicated that he was unable to continue, the corner wanted to continue but Quintana was unresponsive when the referee asked if he wanted to proceed. The fight was stopped and Cotto was declared the winner, when interviewed Quintana noted that he: "underestimated his velocity. He has very quick hands, you have to give all the respect to Miguel, he's very fast and he hit me pretty good."[12]

Winning and defending the welterweight title[edit]

Williams, the reigning World Boxing Organization welterweight champion, had been scheduled for a unification bout against IBF welterweight champion Kermit Cintron on February 2, 2008. However, Cintron injured his right hand in November 2007, and was forced to pull out of the fight. After Judah reportedly turned down an offer to take Cintron's place, an offer was instead extended to Quintana. The fight took place on February 9, 2008 and Quintana scored an impressive win over Williams, outboxing him in the bout.[1]

On June 7, 2008, Carlos Quintana was defeated by Paul Williams in the first round at 2:15 to lose the welterweight title.

Light middleweight division[edit]

Quintana returned to action on October 25, 2008, this time competing in the light middleweight division. His first fight in this category was against Joshua Onyango, serving as the main event of a card titled "Final Decision" which was held in Arecibo, Puerto Rico.[13] He was able to establish control of the fight's tempo from an early stage, eventually scoring a knockdown in the third. In the fourth round, the referee decided to stop the contest when Onyango was unable to respond to a combination, awarding Quintana a technical knockout victory.[14] Following the outcome of this fight, he announced his decision to move up in weight in a definitive manner.[15]

Return to welterweight division[edit]

Quintana would return to the welterweight division on April 11, 2010 to take on WBC welterweight champion, Andre Berto for the latter's WBC belt. In a rough and rugged slug-fest, Quintana was eventually overwhelmed by the speed and power of the younger Berto and would go on to lose the fight by an 8th-round TKO.

On May 5, 2012 Quintana defeated Deandre Latimore by KO in the 6th round to win the NABO light middleweight title.

In November 2012, Quintana (29-4, 23KOs) finally decided to call it a day. The Puerto Rican boxer announced his retirement after suffering a fourth-round TKO defeat to Keith Thurman (19-0, 18KOs) at the Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, California on the 24th of that month. Throughout his career he won 29 of 33 professional contests, only coming up short against fellow world-class fighters: Miguel Cotto, Paul Williams, Andre Berto and Keith Thurman.

Professional record[edit]

29 Wins (23 Knockouts), 4 Defeat (4 Knockouts), 0 Draws[16]
Res. Record Opponent Type Rd., Time Date Location Notes
Loss 29-4 United States Keith Thurman TKO 4 (10), 2:19 2012-11-24 United States Citizens Business Bank Arena, Ontario, California
Win 29-3 United States Deandre Latimore TKO 6 (10), 2:19 2012-05-05 United States MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada
Win 28-3 Dominican Republic Yoryi Estrella TKO 9 (10), 0:38 2011-02-18 Puerto Rico Coliseo Pachín Vicéns, Ponce
Loss 27-3 United States Andre Berto TKO 8 (12), 2:16 2010-04-10 United States BankAtlantic Center, Sunrise, Florida
Win 27-2 United States Jesse Feliciano TKO 3 (10), 0:59 2009-12-05 United States Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey
Win 26-2 Kenya Joshua Onyango TKO 4 (10), 0:21 2008-10-25 Puerto Rico Coliseo Manuel ‘Petaca’ Iguina, Arecibo
Loss 25-2 United States Paul Williams TKO 1 (12), 2:15 2008-06-07 United States Mohegan Sun Casino, Uncasville, Connecticut Lost WBO Welterweight title.
Win 25-1 United States Paul Williams UD 12 2008-02-09 United States Pechanga Resort & Casino, Temecula, California Won WBO Welterweight title.
Win 24-1 Barbados Christopher Henry TKO 4 (8), 2:46 2007-09-29 United States Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey
Loss 23-1 Puerto Rico Miguel Cotto RTD 5 (12), 3:00 2006-12-02 United States Mohegan Sun Casino, Uncasville, Connecticut For vacant WBA Welterweight title.
Win 23-0 Colombia Joel Julio UD 12 2006-06-24 United States Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ Mario Alegre Femenías (2008-02-10). ""El indio" castiga a Williams y se corona campeón". Primera Hora. Archived from the original on December 1, 2008. Retrieved 2008-02-11. 
  3. ^ Jaime Estrada (2006-06-23). "Invictos pero no por siempre". Retrieved 2008-02-11. [dead link]
  4. ^ "Carlos Quintana optimista y sin temores". La Prensa. 2006-12-01. Retrieved 2008-02-11. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f "Fighters: Carlos Quintana". HBO. Retrieved 2008-02-10. 
  6. ^ Luis Escobar (2003-12-05). "Burton Scores Split Decision Over Hard Luck Lorenzo". The Boxing Times. Archived from the original on August 8, 2007. Retrieved 2008-02-10. 
  7. ^ John Gregg (2004-03-05). "Phillips Crushes Garcia In One". The Boxing Times. Archived from the original on August 8, 2007. Retrieved 2008-02-10. 
  8. ^ Luis Escobar (2004-08-24). "Nieves Bangs Out Ontiveros In Eight". The Boxing Times. Archived from the original on 2007-08-11. Retrieved 2008-02-10. 
  9. ^ Luis Escobar (2005-02-25). "Smith Outpoints Feliz in Oklahoma". The Boxing Times. Archived from the original on 2007-08-12. Retrieved 2008-02-10. 
  10. ^ John Gregg (2005-07-12). "Unbeated Quintana Halts Campos In Six". The Boxing Times. Archived from the original on 2007-08-12. Retrieved 2008-02-10. 
  11. ^ Carlos González (2006-06-26). "Deportes". Quintana se metió en los chavos (in Spanish). Primera Hora. 
  12. ^ a b c d John Gregg (2006-12-02). "Cotto Crushes Quintana In Five". The Boxing Times. Archived from the original on 2007-10-17. Retrieved 2008-02-14. 
  13. ^ José Ayala Gordián (2008-10-27). ""El Indio" en pie de guerra" (in Spanish). Primera Hora. Archived from the original on September 30, 2009. Retrieved 2009-01-02. 
  14. ^ Dan Rafael (2008-10-27). "Un repaso de lo mejor" (in Spanish). ESPN Deportes. Retrieved 2009-01-02. 
  15. ^ Carlos González (2008-11-12). ""El Indio" se muda de peso" (in Spanish). Primera Hora. Archived from the original on December 1, 2008. Retrieved 2009-01-02. 
  16. ^ Carlos Quintana's Professional Boxing Record. BoxRec. Retrieved on 2014-06-15.

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Paul Williams
WBO Welterweight Champion
9 February 2008 – 7 June 2008
Succeeded by
Paul Williams
Regional titles
Title last held by
Jonathan González
NABO Light Middleweight Champion
May 5, 2012 - November 24, 2012
Succeeded by
Keith Thurman