A local boxer is set to compete in a fight on July 18 as part of a card at the Hanover Armory.
Sammy Quinones, a 2008 York High graduate with a 7-2 record, will face 33-year-old Maryland native Dontre King (7-16-2) in a light-welterweight (140 pounds) bout.
Quinones, 24, most recently defeated Greg Coverson (3-8-3) by unanimous decision last month. That fight was held in New York as part of Mike Tyson's Iron Mike Productions and broadcast online on ESPN's Friday Night Fights.
Quinones has won five-straight bouts. Two of his seven wins have come by knockout. But he's only fought three boxers with plus-.500 records, beating two of them. It's part of the strategy local boxing trainer Julio Alvarez is using to build Quinones up for more formidable opponents.
"We're gonna work our way out and start picking up the fights and get the experience," Alvarez said. "We've been talking about this, it's gonna happen in the next couple of fights where the quality of opponents are going to be a lot harder. That's when we're gonna start climbing the ladder."
Alvarez trains Quinones at Lincolnway Sportscenter in West York. Alvarez said an agent from Miguel Cotto Promotions will be in attendance at the Hanover event. Cotto is the current WBC & The Ring middleweight champion. His promotion organizes fight cards in Puerto Rico. Quinones first came to the United States from Puerto Rico when he was 9 years old. He lived in Philadelphia for three years before he and his family moved to York.
Outside of boxing, Quinones is a married father of three who works full-time at ES3, a supply-chain management company whose flagship facility is located in Conewago Township.
Tickets to the July 18 event at the Hanover Armory are $64 ringside or $35 general admission. A table of eight people can be purchased for $600. Doors open at 6 p.m. To purchase tickets or for more information, call Alvarez at (717) 968-8000.
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