By: Frances Cruz
When Chicago's 19-year-old Jose Felix Quezada made his professional debut in February, we recognized that Quezada had a talent and skill level beyond what many experienced professional boxers bring to the ring. While cleverly changing angles, he steamrolled his first two opponents with snappy, concise combinations and long pretty jabs. His opponents seemed to consistently miss Quezada by inches, while Quezada's reach placed him at the perfect distance to tag his opponents.
However, his third fight painted a different picture when he stood toe-to-toe with 32-year-old brawler, Jose Tiburon Romero, who threw everything and the kitchen sink at Quezada. Tiburon smothered Quezada early and exploded with heavy handed punches, stunning Quezada with a beautiful right hook. Quezada, though, maintained his composure, fired back with incredible combinations, and used his footwork and high punch volume to earn the decision win. That fight was a war.
How did you get into boxing?
I got into boxing from my father who also was an amateur boxer back in the day in Chicago at Harrison Park.
Any role models or professional fighters that you look up to?
Role Models are my parents who have pushed me along the way to strive to be the best that I can be. A pro fighter I look up to is Roberto Duran.
If you could give advice to people who've just started boxing, what would it be?
Hard work plus consistency equals success.
A few clips of Quezada's war with Jose Tiburon Romero