At the age of 25, Quilisto is a two-year pro. A rising young prospect at 160 pounds, stayed active in the ring with three fights in 2016.
He has fought two times in 2017 and scored spectacular one-punch knockouts in both fights – one with each hand.
On March 10 in Lemoore, California, Quilisto won by first-round knockout against Manuel Medrano in a scheduled six-rounder on the undercard at the Tachi Palace Hotel & Casino. Quilisto scored a knockdown with a right hand that dropped Medrano flat on his side early in the first round – he got up but was very unsteady, and the referee stopped the fight without a count at 0:35.
In his last fight on August 12 in Fallon, Nevada, he won by second-round knockout against Austin Marcum. The bout was on the annual Fallon Rural Rumble fight card.
Truboxingheadz.com’s Jose Rayas reported from ringside [excerpts]: Quilisto “Kilo the Kid” Madera defeated Austin Marcum by second-round knockout. Madera, who is a highly regarded prospect, picked his shots in the first round.
In the second round, Madera had his timing down and ultimately caught Marcum with a left hook that literally put Marcum to sleep, giving Kilo the Kid the impressive win. [End Rayas item]
Quilisto stepped up to six-round status for the first time on December 2 in Fresno, California, and won a unanimous decision against hometown favorite Joe Louie Lopez. The bout was one of the co-features on the “Fight for Water 6” event, headlined by Jose Ramirez vs. Issouf Kinda.
The Collegian’s Daniel Gligich reported from ringside [excerpts]: The undercard featured many great fights. The best one featured Joe Louie Lopez of Fresno and Quilisto Madera of Stockton.
This is the fiercest rivalry in the Valley. Lopez was the clear fan favorite in his hometown with the crowd chanting for him.
The fight was fairly even throughout but in the second round, Lopez got cut near his left eye, which caused major bleeding and swelling. The swelling affected his vision, which limited his abilities.
Quilisto capitalized and was able to win the fight by unanimous decision, scored 59-53 by each judge.
The Fight for Water 6 was a huge success…. [End Glicich item]
Quilisto said, “Right now, I’m training at Felipe Martinez’ gym. It’s at Savage Fitness in Lathrop. Felipe trained me for probably two thirds of my amateur fights, then I went to Fresno for a couple of fights. I had my pro debut, then I trained with Fernando Vargas in Las Vegas for my second fight – that’s the only fight I had with him. I had one other fight with a different trainer, then the rest have been back with Felipe. My last three fights were with Felipe, all wins, all knockouts.
“I use to describe myself as just an indestructible machine, but now, I don’t know. Now I’m trying to be like Bruce Lee and just go with whatever – be able to morph into anything.”
Regarding his nickname, he said., “That’s been my nickname with my family and friends since I was a very young kid, just growing up. I just use that as my boxing name when I became a boxer.”