Steve "The Mongoose" Quinonez
Steve Quinonez Boxing Facts
Fights of Significance
Year 19951995-12-28: Sporting a record of 9-0 Quinonez traveled to Irvine, California to take on Sergio Macias (5-2), in a back and forth battle between two young up and coming prospects. When the scorecards were read Quinonez suffered his first loss of his young professional career, many ring side observers felt Quinonez should of received the nod from the judges.
1996-03-04: After his first professional loss to Sergio Macias, people were shocked to learned that Quinonez was to face the undefeated 8-0, 4 KO's Johnny Walker of
Detroit, Michigan. It was to little surprise to his family and friends who knew Steve always prefer the challenges in life, after 6 rounds Quinonez was the victor. This showed many that Steve had what it took to bounce back after a loss.
1996-06-13: At the Arrowhead Pond, in Anaheim, California, Quinonez once again stood across the ring from the man who handed him his first loss Sergio Macias. Coming into the rematch Quinonez was on a four fight win streak, in the process he defeated up and coming prospect Johnny Walker who sported an undefeated record of 8-0, 4 KO's.
Macias on the other side was the second person who handed Walker a loss, this provided once again a showdown between him and Quinonez. This time after 8 rounds it was Quinonez was awarded the decision and launching him into the world spotlight.
1997-04-04: Quinonez (16-1-1, 8 KO's) now with almost 20 professional bouts under his belt was in Orleans Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA to take on the future hall of famer Diego "Chico" Corrales. This was the first opportunity to obtain a championship title for both fighters, facing a feared knockout artist as Corrales was a uphill battle, however the always game Quinonez went prepared for war but was knocked out in the 4th round of a scheduled 12 round bout. Corrales was awarded the
vacant International Boxing Association Intercontinental super featherweight title, a title which he went on to defend multiple times.
On April 10, 1971 Steve Quinonez Jr. was born to Steve and Maria Quinonez Sr. He was born in Riverside, CA. Steve Sr. was a martial arts instructor and had experience in kickboxing. As Steve Jr. grew to the age of 5 years his father would involve him in his kickboxing and kung fu classes.
As Steve Jr. grew he continued learning to fight.
He remembers at the age of 8 telling his father he wanted to be famous like Roberto Duran, Sugar Ray Leonard, Marvin Haglar and others. His dad told him he could but would have
to box in order to do that because at that time martial artist could not make it big unless you were Bruce Lee. So Steve Sr. began teaching his son how to throw straight rights, lefts, uppercuts, hooks and combinations. As Steve Jr. learned his father would get neighborhood kids for Steve Jr. to try his skills. He would give some and take some on the
driveway of their home. Steve’s parents decided to relocate to El Paso, Texas. There Steve Sr. found The San Juan Boxing Club in El Paso, TX. This is where boxing became more serious for Steve Jr. He took on his first amateur fight in 1981 at age of 10. He lost the fight to a much more experienced fighter. Steve Jr and his father learned what they needed to improve on and fought again in El Paso, TX and won by 3rd round stoppage. This built up a confidence in Steve Jr.
In moving back to Fontana, CA training began at the Fontana Boxing Club. Steve began racking up wins against now notable fighters and one being against Shane Mosley. As Steve reached the age of 17 in 1988 he fought at the US Nationals, Golden Gloves, Regional Tournaments and was an Olympic hopeful for the 1988 Olympic Games in Soul Korea. In preparation for the Games Steve injured is neck in preparation sparring with a much heavier boxer which took him off the team. During a five year layoff away from the fight game. Steve married his beautiful wife Diane in 1989. Steve began working in the concrete construction business for his dads company to care for his family. Upon being married 4 years, Steve moved his wife and child to Desert Hot Springs, CA. Steve remembers always watching fights on television and seeing all his old teammates, guys he had fought and beaten to guys he knew personally. He felt like he needed to get back into boxing and fill that void of wanting to be a world champion. In August 29, 1994 Steve had his first pro Debut at the famous Inglewood Forum against former hot amateur Jesus Valdez and won in great fashion by first round one punch knockout. Steve accumulated a record of 31 wins, 14 losses, 1 draw and 14 knockouts. Retiring in 2009. Steves career was an exciting one with exciting fights always leaving the fans excited. Steve fought many of the best fighters in the world from top contenders to former or current world champion. Some of the best fighters on Steve’s resume to name a few were Diego Corrales, Mickey Ward, Steve Forbes, Stevie Johnston, Michael Clark, Antonio Ramirez, Juan Valenzuela, Alex DeJesus, Ray Narh, Lovemore Ndou and Jose Luis Juarez and Jose Luis Castillo to name a few.
Steve remembers the feeling of winning his first title. Though it was a minor continental title, he felt as though he won a world title against Raphael Olvera via 12 round unanimous
decision. The next title Steve won was the Universal Boxing Federation in Coachella, CA against Sergio Macias at Spotlight 29 Casino. This was an amazing moment for Steve which gave him recognition throughout the boxing world. This was a dream come true for Steve. Winning the Title ranked Steve in all boxing Organizations. Steve also fought for the
WBC Fecarbox Lightweight title against Juan Pollo Valenzuela and then won the NABF Title against Antonio Ramirez. Through this time Steve gained recognition fighting on
networks such as Pay Per View against Stevie Johnston for the IBO Title, Showtime
against Adrian Mora, ESPN against Mickey Ward and Ray Narh. Steve fought many time on Fox Sports in espanol and English not to mention satellite channels. Throughout Steve’s career, he was known never to say no to a fight offered to him. Even when off training or out of the gym, Steve would take fights offered and either lose or win
or split decision.
Steve’s career ended at age of 39, 15 years as a pro fighter. Steve accomplished a lot in the sport. He now concentrates on the most important things in his life.
(Serving God-JESUS, Being a husband to his beautiful wife who has been by his side throughout his entire career and being there for his daughter and 3 boys. Not to mention
his 3 beautiful grandchildren. Steve Quinonez Jr. now owns and runs his General Contracting company named Champion Construction Company. He continues to be competitive in competing against other contractors, he focuses on his family and serving God.