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A look at the men who wear the gloves

Tim Parsons

Boxing is a tough way to provide your family with a paycheck. Here’s a look at the four family fighting men in Saturday’s co-featured boxing matches and how much they will earn.

Hector Quiroz, $12,500 – At the age of just 22, he has seen a lot of tragedy. When he was 13, his younger brother died. Then the day before he fought Juan Barreto in 1995, his wife, who was seven months pregnant, had a miscarriage.

“Losing our child was very difficult and it broke our hearts,” he said. “But life goes on and we must move forward.”

Things have been looking up for the Quiroz’s, who have been going together since they were teen-agers. The couple had a girl last month. “My baby is a great motivator,” he said.

Jaime Ocegueda, $7,500 – The 28-year-old has had five different managers and suffered back and other injuries in a car wreck that took him out of the ring for more than three years. Doctors told him he would never box again.

“I am a single parent,” he said. “I have custody of both of my kids.”

Ocegueda will be fighting Saturday on his mother’s birthday.

Vincent Howard, $5,000 – After living and fighting all his life in Guyana, the 27-year-old moved this summer to Brooklyn, N.Y., to help bring along his boxing career. He was promptly matched against a former world champion, who beat him. He will face another tough foe Saturday, but if Howard scores an upset victory, he’ll be in line for some bigger paydays.

He did not want to discuss boxing Thursday but said he was dedicating the fight to his wife. Their wedding anniversary is the day before the fight. He also said his sister’s birthday is Saturday. As a reporter tried to walk away, Howard shouted, “And I want to dedicate the fight to my two kids.”

Juan Manuel Marquez, $7,500 – He was nearly crippled when he fell out of a tree but was able to begin boxing professionally at the age of 20. Now 24, Marquez is unmarried. However, his father and younger brother will be in attendance on Saturday. Rafael Marquez is 7-0 as a bantamweight and is fighting on the undercard.

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