Boxing Profiles: Junior Flyweight Amaris “Diamond Girl” Quintana

Junior Flyweight Amaris "Diamond Girl" Quintana

Amaris “Diamond Girl” Quintana

Weight class: Junior Flyweight (105-108 pounds)

Born: 10-22-1989 Age: 21

Birthplace: San Diego, CA.

Height: 5′ 2”

Record: 4-0 with 2 draws


Trainers: Max and David Gutierrez

Stance: Orthodox

Amateur highlights: Quintana had an amateur record of 12 wins with 3 losses. Her big wins came at the 2006 Desert Showdown and the 2006 and 2008 National PAL Championships. In the 2008 Nationals at Colorado Springs, she returned home ranked #2 in the Country.

She began her pro-boxing career April 30, 2009 at the tender age of 19. In her debut, she won an unanimous decision over Gloria Salas of Riverside, Ca. Twice more, she gave Salas an opportunity to avenge the loss, and twice more Quintana came out victorious. In her other fights she beat Blanca Raymundo and had two draws against Melissa McMorrrow.

Quintana, a Libra, checks her horoscope daily and like her sign, she’s constantly evolving. For instance, in early 2011 she changed her handle or alias from “La Reina” to “Diamond Girl.” She also likes to introduce people to new things like her latest musical finds, tracks like JoJo’s remix of Drake’s song “Marvin’s Room.”

In this constant flux, she gets easily riled up, especially when a boxer drops out of a fight at the last minute.

Amaris Quintana (R) poses for a photo at the weigh-in with her opponent Katarina De La Cruz (L). Photo: Jim Wyatt

Her next opponent, Katarina De La Cruz (2-7-1), pulled out of the last bout just after their weigh-in. I have a feeling, Quintana will want make her pay for this indiscretion.

On September 16, Quintana will be back in action on the Bobby D Presents fight card at the Four Points by Sheraton Hotel in San Diego and the 37-year-old De La Cruz from the mean streets of Los Angeles, will be in the opposite corner.

What do we know about De La Cruz? The 10 fight veteran and mother of four, has overcome a lifetime of trials and tribulations. She’s been a juvenile delinquent, a gang banger, spent time in jail and on the streets, been a model, an International kickboxer and now for the last five years a professional-boxer under the tutelage of California Boxing Hall of Fame trainer Ben Lira at his South El Monte Gym.

Since Quintana’s weight rarely fluctuates (she now weighs 108 pounds), De La Cruz, should not only have a considerable weight advantage, as much as 10 pounds by fight time, she’s also taller.


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