LOS ANGELES - Perhaps the greatest boxer to ever come out of the Dominican Republic, Santo Domingo's Joan Guzman has already compiled a spectacular resume that includes a 1996 Olympic berth, 29 professional wins without a defeat and world titles in two weight classes. The 33-year-old Guzman, however, is far from done and has now enlisted Golden Boy Promotions to help lead him to a third world championship.
"This is a special day for me in my career," said Guzman. "I've always admired Oscar de la Hoya in the ring as a boxer and outside of it for what he's done with his promotional company. This is the team that will take me to the top of the lightweight division again and I couldn't be happier."
"Everyone in boxing knows how good Joan Guzman is," said Oscar de la Hoya, President of Golden Boy Promotions. "He can box with the best of them and he can also knock you out with either hand. Now it's time for Joan to take things even further with super fights against the best fighters around the lightweight division have to offer and we're going to take him there. Boxing fans are going to be in for a treat when they see what Joan brings to the ring in the future."
One of the greatest amateur boxers to ever lace up a pair of gloves, Joan "Little Tyson" Guzman (29-0, 17 KO's) compiled an amazing 310-10 record while winning Gold Medals at the Pan American, Central American and Caribbean Games in addition to earning a spot on the 1996 Dominican Republic Olympic Team. He turned professional in 1997 and earned a reputation as a knockout artist thanks to an early 17-0 start with 13 KO's. In August of 2002, he won his first World Title as he knocked out unbeaten Argentinean Fabio Oliva for the vacant WBO World Junior Featherweight Title. Guzman defended the title twice (including a seventh round stoppage of former World Champion and countryman Agapito "Ciclon" Sanchez) before moving up in weight. In September of 2006, he won his second world title belt by defeating Argentinean former World Champion Jorge Rodrigo "La Hiena" Barrios by decision for the WBO World Junior Lightweight title. After two more defenses of his crown, Guzman moved up to the 135-pound weight class and in his last bout on December 20, 2008, he won the WBA Fedelatin Lightweight title by defeating Ameth Diaz over 12 rounds.
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ—Former world-title challenger Ben Tackie will replace Larry Mosley in a 10-round fight against unbeaten Mike Jones on Saturday evening, Aug. 8, at Bally’s Atlantic City.
At stake in the scheduled 10-round contest will be Jones’ world ranking and his North American Boxing Association (NABA) title.
The ill-fated Jones-Mosley fight, previously canceled from the original dates of March 6 in Philadelphia and June 6 at Bally’s, imploded for the third and last time this weekend when poison from a growth on Mosley’s face got into the fighter’s bloodstream, necessitating surgery.
“I’m out of the Jones-Mosley business,” said Hall-of-Fame promoter J Russell Peltz, of Philadelphia, PA. “Mosley hurt his back in March; Jones strained a bicep in June. Some fights are not meant to be and this was one of them.”
Tackie, 36, of Accra, Ghana, figures to provide Jones with his toughest fight. He has never been stopped in 41 fights and he has been in there with the best , including Ricky Hatton, Kostya Tszyu, Sharmba Mitchell, Juan Lazcano and Kendall Holt.
His 29-11-1 record includes 17 knockouts and wins over Edwin Santana, Hicklet Lau, Fred Pendleton, Golden Johnson, Ray Oliveira, Teddy Reid and Wilfredo Negron.
Now living in the Bronx, New York, Tackie held several minor belts but lost on points after 12 rounds to Tszyu in 2002 in Las Vegas for the unified junior welterweight title.
Jones, 26, is one of boxing’s hottest prospects. His 17-0 record includes 15 knockouts and he won the va cant NABA title Aug. 29, 2008, when he K0d Juliano Ramos, a Brazilian living in Boca Raton, FL, in six rounds at the New Alhambra in South Philadelphia.
In his first defense last March 6, Jones was set to fight Mosley, who had to cancel out five days earlier with a back injury. Instead, Jones K0d late sub Dairo Esalas, of Miami, FL, in two rounds at the Blue Horizon in North Philadelphia.
Two weeks prior to the re-scheduled fight with Mosley on June 6 at Bally’s, Jones strained the bicep on his left arm and had to cancel.
A pro since 2005, Jones has beaten Doel Carrasquillo, of Lancaster, PA; Israel “Pito” Cardona, of Hartford, CT; Gilbert Venegas, of Moline, IL.
Jones’ two hardest fights came last year against a pair of Chicago, IL, fighters.
In his only ESPN 2 appearance March 28, 2008, Jones rallied in the last two rounds to earn an eight-round decision over Germaine Sanders at the Seneca Allegany Casino in Salamanca, NY. Then, last Dec. 5 at the Sovereign Center in Reading, PA in a fight televised by Telefutura/Univision, Jones shook off some early bombs and knocked out Luciano Perez in three rounds.
Jones is ranked No. 10 by the World Boxing Association (WBA), No. 12 by the International Boxing Federation (IBF), No. 13 by the World Boxing Organization (WBO), No. 26 by the World Boxing Council (WBC).
Six preliminary fights complete the show.
Tickets are priced at $50 and $75. They are on sale at the offices of Peltz Boxing Promotions, Inc. (215-765-0922) or online at www.peltzboxing.com . Tickets also can be purchased through TicketMaster (800-745-3000) or online at www.ticketmaster.com .