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Heavyweight contender Manuel “El Toro” Quezada (29-5, 18 KOs), trained by Robert Garcia in Oxnard, CA, will take on Chris “The Nightmare” Arreola (28-2, 25 KOs) this Friday, August 13 at the Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, CA in the main event on the latest edition of ESPN2’s “Friday Night Fights” for the vacant WBC FECOMBOX heavyweight title, which is being presented by Goossen Tutor Promotions. Remaining tickets can be purchased at www.ticketmaster.com, by phone at 800-745-3000 or at the Citizens Business Bank Arena box office. We had a moment to sit down and talk to Manuel Quezada as he prepares for his upcoming fight with Arreola and here’s what he had to say.
Give us your thoughts on this fight, how do you see the fight going, do you feel the fight will go the distance?
Yes, I see the fight going the distance, unless one of us gets caught with a good punch. It’s definitely going to be a good fight, a tough fight. I’m not going to predict me going in there and taking him out in the first couple rounds because that’s not going to happen, I just know its going to be a good fight.
What do you know about Chris Arreola and what’s your opinion of him as a fighter?
He’s a tough fighter. I’ve sparred with him before but that doesn’t mean anything. I know he’s going to come ready to fight and so am I; it’s going to be a great fight.
How was training camp and with only days until the fight, how do you feel at this point?
I feel good, training camp has been really good. I feel great, I’m in great shape. I’m ready to go the distance if we have to. Training with Robert Garcia and the rest of the guys has been great, I feel really good. Sparring went great, it all went as planned.
Did you do anything different in this training camp that you haven’t done for your previous fights?
No, nothing really different. I’ve just been running a lot more, more conditioning and just trying to keep up with these lightweights and some of the other fighters I train with, its hard but its been helping me though.
What made you decide to switch training camps and bring in Robert Garcia as your new trainer and what’s your opinion of him as a trainer?
It’s been great training with Robert and the rest of the guys here in Oxnard. I just needed to get away and focus. I’ve had good training camps in the past, and I don’t take anything away from Joe Goossen and my other trainers, Jose Lopez, but I just wanted to get away from all the distractions, everybody and just focus on this fight because it’s a big fight for me.
Both you and Arreola are coming off losses going into this fight, it’s definitely a must win for both of you, and its being called a crossroads fight, what kind of statement are you looking to make in this fight with Arreola?
Just to let everybody know that I am for real and that I can fight and that I do belong at the top of the heavyweight division.
Do you feel Arreola will be the toughest fight of your career so far?
Definitely, this is the biggest fight of my career so far and it’s going to be my toughest so far but I have no doubt I’ll come out with the win.
What is your opinion of the current heavyweight division?
I feel it’s still a great division. I just wish more fighters would fight each other. Some fighters claim they’re the best but when it comes down to it they don’t want to fight, I just wish they would fight. I’m just going to keep moving up in the rankings and hopefully get a title shot by the end of the year or early next year. I’m a fighter, so who ever my team puts me in front, I’ll fight them. I’ll never duck anyone or ever say no to fight anyone.
When you’re not fighting what does Manuel Quezada like to do in his spare time?
Just hang out with my family and my buddies, I’m a family guy so I like to hang out with my family as much as I can, with my parents, my kids, my brothers, that’s what I do.
In closing, is there anything you would like to tell your fans?
Thanks for all the support and I hope to see everyone out there this Friday the 13th; it’s going to be a great fight.