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Joan Guzman vs Victor Cayo Rumors Continue To Push

By Jake Donovan

Rumors continue to circulate in the Dominican Republic of ongoing discussions for a junior welterweight encounter between Joan Guzman (31-0, 18KOs) and Victor Cayo (27-2, 19KOs). Local promoters are very interested in staging the fight pitting two of the nation's more popular fighters against one another in the first three months of 2012 in Santo Domingo.

Guzman’s team commented on such rumors when first asked last month about the possibility of their fighter taking on his countryman. The plan for Guzman was to position him towards a title shot, which a fight with Cayo wouldn’t necessarily guarantee – yet.

Still, the unbeaten fighter – now campaigning in the 140 lb. division – has never shied from a challenge and will gladly take on Cayo if it’s the best offer on the table.

“I will take on any opponent. We’ve never rejected any reasonable offer for a fight and are willing to fight anyone as long as it gets us to where we want to go.” 

The goal for Guzman was to advance him in the IBF rankings, where Lamont Peterson currently resides as champ after his upset win over Amir Khan earlier this month. The unified titlist is fielding offers for his first defense, including a possible rematch with Khan, though one has not been mandated by the sanctioning body.

What has been ordered – and agreed to in principle – is a title eliminator between former two-division champ Zab Judah and unbeaten contender Vernon Paris. 

Should Guzman and Cayo agree to terms, their bout would most likely serve as an eliminator for the number two slot in the same rankings. Both fighters are currently in the Top 10, with everyone else committed to other fights.

Cayo suffered a 12th round knockout loss to Peterson in their title elimination bout this past summer. Anxious to get back into the title picture, Cayo agreed that a local fight with Guzman would mean big business and didn’t deny rumors of its possibility of happening in the near future.

"I'm not the kind of boxer who chases opponents. I'm friends with Joan Guzman, but I understand that boxing is a business. If my side agrees, and Guzman agrees, then I see no downside to getting in the ring," Cayo said.

Jake Donovan is the Managing Editor of Boxingscene.com. Follow Jake on Twitter at twitter.com/JakeNDaBox or submit questions/comments to [email protected] 

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by deejd on 12-26-2011

[QUOTE=ИATAS206;11596138]Since when do we go by official judges scorecards to prove a point? Did you watch the fight? Did Guzman not easily win the rematch? Did he not knock Funeka down? Of course he did. If we go by the…

Comment by deejd on 12-26-2011

[QUOTE=ИATAS206;11595488]He also beat funeka's ass in the rematch so what does that say?[/QUOTE] He also weighed in at '44 for a match at '35.

Comment by deejd on 12-26-2011

[QUOTE=Einstien;11595480]No funeka is not a bad fighter, But elite? I know he is not and the record or not Guzman lost to him. The funny thing is you try and back a fighter and says his only problem is discipline..Dumbass!…

Comment by boxing2106 on 12-25-2011

[QUOTE=ИATAS206;11597986]guzman didnt have a size advantage over a guy who was 6'1 fighting at 135, who it turned out was using drugs to slim down then blow up 20 pounds overnight anyway. It's hilarious how angry you guys are getting…

Comment by ИATAS on 12-24-2011

[QUOTE=Zocalo;11596430]Are you so still sucking his culo and you fail to realize that Guzman was [SIZE="7"]NINE, NUEVE, 9 LBS[/SIZE] over the weight limit... You stupid idiot.[/QUOTE] guzman didnt have a size advantage over a guy who was 6'1 fighting at…

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