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News: Guzman; Medina; Truscott; Marvin Hagler, More

Acquinity Sports has announced that an agreement has been reached regarding an Interim World Boxing Association super lightweight title fight, featuring a pair of past world champions, Joan "Little Tyson and Vincente "El Loco" Mosquera, tentatively scheduled for May 31 at a venue to be determined.

Guzman (33-1-1, 20 KOs), a 1996 Dominican Republic Olympian now living in Miami, suffered his first loss as a professional this past November, dropping an eighth-round technical decision to Khabib Allakhverdiev for the WBA championship (Danny Garcia is the WBA Super 140-pound champion). Guzman suffered a knee injury when he was tossed to the canvas, leading to the fight being halted by the referee Luis Pabon. Guzman's promoter, Acquinity Sports, requested an immediate rematch with Allakhverdiev, based on the mishandling of the event by Pabon. Instead, the WBA granted an Interim title fight between WBA #5 Guzman and WBA #9 Mosquera, and the winner earning a regular WBA title shot with Allakhverdiev.

"Guzman worked had in his last fight and fell short due to injury." Acquinity Sports CEO Gary Jonas said. "He is a two-time World Champion who knows what to do in the ring very well. This is a very interesting fight. I feel Guzman will win this fight and get another shot at Allakhverdiev and his world title."

Guzman captured the World Boxing Organization (WBO super bantamweight crown in 2004, stopping Agapito Sanchez in San Diego. Guzman successfully defended that title by way of a 12-round decision over Fernando Beltran.

In 2006, Guzman added the WBO super featherweight title belt to his collection by winning a 12-round decision from Jorge Rodrigo Barrios. Two title defenses against Antonio Davis and Humberto Soto, in which Guzman won by 12-round decisions, before the crafty Dominican moved up in weight class to lightweight and eventually the super lightweight division.

Including the aforementioned fighters, Guzman has beaten a virtual Who's Who of world-class fighters between 122 and 140 pounds, such as Ali Funeka, Javier Jauregui and Fabio Daniel Oliva.

"I am happy to see Guzman get another shot," Acquinity Sports Vice President of Operations Henry Rovalta added. "His fight with Allakhverdiev ended in an injury. Khabib won a split decision bit thjere were still four more rounds to go. Guzman won't be looking past Masquera . We know that he's tough but Guzman will be ready ready."

WBA #9 Mosquera (32-2-1, 17 KOs) has won his last eight fights in a row, since being knocked out for the only time in his professional career by the late Edwin Valero in 2006. Panama-native Mosquera won the WBA super featherweight championship in 2005, taking a 12-round decision from defending champion Yodsanan Sor Nanthachai in New York City's famed Madison Square Garden.

Mosquera made one successful title defense, a year later against Jose Pablo Estrella in Argentina, by way of a 12-round split decision. After losing to Valero in his following fight, Mazquera was inactive for 4 ½ years.

Former North American Boxing Federation (NABF) super welterweight champion Michael "El Magnifico" Medina (26-3-2, 19 KOs) challenges present NABF titleholder Willie "The Great" Nelson (19-1-1, 11 KOs) tomorrow in the 10-round co-feature on ESPN Friday Night Fights, airing live from the MGM Grand at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut.

"I wasn't active," Medina explained, regarding why he was stripped by the NABF.  "Now, I'm getting my belt back.  I feel that it's really still my belt.  He's the NABF champion but he didn't take my belt from me.  I'm looking forward to this fight.  He's a strong, young fighter and it'll be awesome to add his name to my resume.  A win will take me from this level to a higher one with bigger fights.  I'm confident that, after this fight, I'll be getting more fights on television networks."

The ESPN Friday Night Fights card, co-promoted by DiBella Entertainment and 50 Cent's SMS Promotions, will air live at 9 p.m. ET. The Nelson-Medina bout is promoted in association with Rumble Time Promotions.  The event is sponsored by SMS Audio.

The 12-round main event on ESPN Friday Night Fights features International Boxing Federation (IBF) Featherweight Champion Billy "The Kid" Dib (35-1-0-1NC, 21 KOs), who is promoted by 50 Cent, defending his title against undefeated Russian challenger Evgeny Gradovich (15-0, 8 KOs), who is rated No. 11 by the IBF.

WBC No. 17-ranked Medina captured the NABF belt on December 22, 2011, winning a 10-round decision over veteran Grady Brewer.  However, Medina was later stripped of his belt because he failed to defend his title due to him being unable to land fights, not because he turned down opponents.

"He didn't have a promoter and Mike just got caught in the middle of things," his manager Steve Feder noted.  "I wasn't with him until his last fight which, ironically, was on the same card (Sergio Martinez vs. Julio Caesar Chavez Jr. PPV, September 15, 2012, in Las Vegas) that Willie Nelson last fought.  So, Mike will be fighting for the same belt that he didn't lose in the ring.  He signed with Lou (DiBella) and now he's in a fight to get his belt back.  He's always wanted to be in these kinds of fights.  This is a good fight for both guys.

"Mike's a good boxer who adapts well depending on who he's fighting.  He gets a lot of different looks sparring at Wild Card Gym.  Eric Brown (Medina's trainer) has done a good job with him.  Mike likes to mix it up.  He's hoping that the two of them stand there and go at it.  He's not looking to box and move, which should make for a lot of action."

Nelson won the vacant 154-pound title stripped from Medina by way of a 10-round decision in his aforementioned title fight against World Boxing Council (WBC) Youth champion and Virgin Islands Olympian, John "Dah Rock" Jackson (13-1, 12 KOs).

Standing 6'4" with an imposing 84-inch reach, WBC No. 5-rated Nelson (19-1-1, 11 KOs) is a freakishly built super welterweight, against whom Medina will be giving away three-and-a-half inches in height, as well as a nine-inch reach advantage.

"It's unusual," Medina spoke about fighting such a tall opponent. "I haven't fought guys that tall but I have been sparring with taller guys, middleweights and super middleweights, and I've also been working with good technical boxers like (Nobuhiro) Ishida.  He's a good teacher and I'm comfortable that I'll benefit from that.

"He's (Nelson) tall but I've watched some tapes of his fights and he likes to fight on the inside. If he does, that will help me because I'm aggressive.  His height and reach can only be a factor if he jabs and moves, but we've been working on different strategies for whatever way he fights."

Tickets priced at $200, $100, $75 and $40 may be purchased online at foxwoods.com, by calling the Foxwoods' box office at 800-200-2882, or in person at the Foxwoods' box office.

MIDDLESBROUGH’S TRUSCOTT DELIGHTED WITH DARLINGTON DATE

For someone who just wants to fight, Paul Truscott’s career has been frustratingly stop-start.

The Middlesbrough man is delighted then - having not thrown a punch in anger since losing a British super-featherweight title fight to Gary Buckland a year ago - to be finally getting out when he appears on Dennis Hobson Promotions’ ‘Nemesis’ show at Darlington’s Dolphin Centre on March 9.

“I can’t wait,” stated the former Commonwealth featherweight champion.  “It’s so close to home and it’s been a while since I boxed up here; it’s really exciting.

“There’s another Middlesbrough lad [Shafiq Asif] on as well, so there’ll be plenty of Boro lads there screaming and shouting too.”

Making weight has been Truscott’s Achilles’ heel over recent years, evidenced by his performance against the talented Buckland.  A skilled technician, Paul showed his trademark heart during the distance defeat but was never ‘at the races’, something he attributes to trying to make 9st 4lbs.

The 26-year-old also recently found himself having to withdraw from a WBO European super-featherweight title chance against Crawley's Ben Jones after suffering a virus – a situation that’s finally prompted the decision that his ‘boiling down’ days are over.

“It was the weight that done me with the Buckland fight; I was a dead man walking really.  I tried to make the weight one more time [against Jones] when I was supposed to box a couple of weeks back, but my body was so run down I couldn’t do it and had to pull out.

“I’ll be boxing at lightweight in future because I’m a decent size.  Everyone I fight seems to be a midget compared to me!  So I think I’ll suit lightweight a lot better.”

Still young, and with a decent ledger of just three defeats in 21 contests, Paul’s future in boxing continues to look bright.  Appearing on the undercard of Stuart Hall’s Commonwealth bantamweight title defence against Isaac Nettey in Darlington, ‘Trussy’ will look to get his career back on track before remaining busy for the rest of 2013.

“I’m old school; I just want to fight and as long as the weight’s OK I’ll box anyone.  I want to get title shots again as soon as possible and box regularly because inactivity has killed my career.

“I’m too high risk and not enough reward for people to face really and it’s really stalled me.  I want to be boxing as much as possible this year.”

“I’m a boxing fan and it’s great to have someone of Paul’s quality on this show,” stated promoter Dennis Hobson.  “He’s a real talent and if I can help him win titles again in the future then I’ll do all I can to make that happen.”

Stuart Hall will defend his Commonwealth bantamweight title against Issac Nettey at Darlington’s Dolphin Centre on March 9.  The show’s undercard will feature a number of talented North East fighters, including former Commonwealth featherweight champion Paul Truscott; Darlington’s Neil Hepper; Middlesbrough’s Shafiq Asif; Spennymoor’s Ben Jackson, and County Durham’s Tommy Ward.

For ticket information contact the Dolphin Centre on 01325 388406.

Legendary boxer Marvelous Marvin Hagler will be among the boxing cognoscenti attending the “Monte-Carlo Million Dollar Super Four” event in Monaco on March 30.

The former undisputed middleweight world champion, twice named Fighter of the Year, will be a special guest at the fights at the Salle des Etoiles and will also attend the post-event function.

“I’m delighted,” said promoter Rodney Berman, CEO of Golden Gloves, the promoters. “Long-time fight fans will recall that Hagler fought in Monte-Carlo in 1979, so he has a special place in their hearts. In his very next fight he contested the world championship.”

Hagler, who lives in nearby Italy, will be joined by fellow Hall of Fame members Brian Mitchell, the undefeated former WBA and IBF junior-lightweight champion, and Stan Christodoulou, the celebrated referee. Additional celebrity guests will be announced.

The elimination event features Edwin Rodriguez (22-0, 15 KOs) against Ezequiel Osvaldo Maderna (19-0, 13 KOs) and Zsolt Erdei (33-0, 18 KOs) versus Denis Grachev (12-1-1, 8 KOs) with the two winners advancing to the final at the second leg of the tournament on July 13.

In the headline bout, Gennady Golovkin will defend his WBA middleweight belt against dangerous Nobuhiro Ishida of Japan.

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