Advertisement
Advertisement

Simeon Hardy, Joan Guzman Clash, 11/15 at WBC Event

By Jake Donovan

The WBC’s 50th Anniversary Boxing Tournament now has an entry for its welterweight division. Unbeaten prospect Simeon Hardy will face former two-division champ Joan Guzman on November 15, as confirmed by both camps.

A location for the bout has yet to be determined, though Miami has been mentioned as a tentative frontrunner to land the event.

The fight is an interesting pairing, and one that will most likely cause fans to further point all that is wrong with sanctioning bodies and their influence on the sport. Neither fighter has participated in a fight in 2013, with both watching scheduled bouts fall through for different reasons.

Hardy (10-0, 7KO), a rangy knockout artist from Guyana, hasn’t fought since last October, outpointing countryman and former middleweight contender Howard Eastman for the second time in as many fights in their homeland.

The 26-year old, previously co-managed by Cameron Dunkin and current welterweight titlist Tim Bradley, was scheduled to fight this past July, a bout that prompted him to initially decline an offer to participate in the WBC’s planned tourmanet. The bout ultimately fell through and Hardy has since cleaned house. He is now managed by Tim Gibson, a Tennessee-based manager and promoter who signed the welterweight last month.

The move also allowed Hardy to gain re-entry into the tournament after his replacement, Jamaica’s Sakima Mullings, was unable to secure a travel visa.

Guzman’s troubled past is a far more familiar tale to all in the boxing world. The Dominican boxer has historically struggled mightily at the scales, the most recent instance resulting in the 11th hour cancellation of his scheduled June bout with Vicente Mosquera. The bout would have put the winner in the mix to fight for a major title at 140, such an opportunity serving as one more shot at redemption for Guzman (33-1-1, 17KO), whose last fight was a technical decision loss to Khabib Allakhverdiev– his first defeat on any level since the 1996 Summer Olympics–in their vacant title fight last November.

Instead, the 37-year old arrived at the scales more than a full division over the limit for the bout with Mosquera. Not only did he massively miss weight, but he also failed to make a modified weight the morning of the fight, leaving Mosquera to instead face late replacement Cosme Rivera in a non-title fight.

The tactic left even his remaining supporters to once and for all write him off, with the event mirroring that of his canceled lightweight title fight with Nate Campbell in 2008 and showing up nine pounds heavy for his rematch with Ali Funeka in 2010.

No major title is at stake for this bout, though the winner will most likely secure a spot in the Top 10 of the WBC’s welterweight rankings.

Jake Donovan is the Managing Editor of Boxingscene.com, as well as the Records Keeper for the Transnational Boxing Ratings Board and a member of Boxing Writers Association of America.

Twitter: @JakeNDaBox

Tags: Joan Guzman image  
User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by anonymous2.0 on 10-09-2013

Someone tell Guzman this is a lightweight fight, he might make welterweight then.

Post a Comment/View More User Comments (1)
Top Headlines WBC Prez: Mayweather is Champion Emeritus Like Klitschko Was Lemieux: I Still Believe That I Can Beat Gennady Golovkin Zolani Tete is Upset By Withdrawal of Zhanat Zhakiyanov WBC: If Khan Wins, He Can Choose Golovkin at 160 or Garcia at 147 Kermit Cintron Ready For Battle With Eduardo Flores Photos: Canelo vs. Khan Undercard Open Workouts Photos: Anthony Crolla, Ismael Barroso Go Face To Face Deontay Wilder Possibility Helped Draw Joshua To Showtime Broner: I Showed More In Maidana Loss Than In My Wins Khan: Look at Kell Brook's Last 10 Foes, Is It Worth Fighting Him? Jason Quigley: For Me - It's Live Fast and Die a Legend Hearn: I Made Derry Mathews Offer For Dodd on Bellew-Makabu Pulev vs. Chisora Provides Heavyweight Punch To AWE Doubleheader Canelo: While I'm at 155-Pounds, I'm Not Facing Anyone at 160 Hamed Backs Carl Frampton To Overcome Leo Santa Cruz British Boxing Update: Nick Blackwell, Ryan Fields, Welborn Hatton Warns Khan: Canelo Puts on Huge Amount of Weight Ismael Barroso - Never Too Late to Arrive Video: Hopkins Sounds Off on State of Boxing, Mayweather, More Video: Canelo Slams Gennady Golovkin, Talks Khan Clash De La Hoya: To Those Who Know Boxing - Khan is HUGE Favorite Video: Bernard Hopkins Details The Need For Golovkin vs. Kovalev Amir Khan Will Not Rule Out Fighting Gennady Golovkin Next WBC President Outlines Canelo/Golovkin/Khan Title Resolution De La Hoya on Khan: I'm Actually Nervous For Canelo Video: Canelo vs. Khan Final Press Conference De La Hoya: I Won't Vote Trump, He Cheated Me in Golf Video: Bernard Hopkins Tells Golovkin To Follow His Lead Jose Benavidez-Francisco Santana in Play For Crawford-Postol Khan: If Trump Wins, Might Be Last Fight For Me, Canelo at MGM Photos: Canelo, Khan Face To Face at Final Presser Breazeale Warns Joshua: Prepare For War, I'll Be Guns Blazing Broner Describes Troubles Making Weight For Theophane Fight Canelo To Golovkin: Earn Your Shot, Work Your Way Up! Joshua: “Showtime is three or four years ahead of the game” Hopkins: No Excuses, Golovkin Should Fight Kovalev! Joshua To Breazeale: Back Up Talk, Don't Be Like Other Americans Adrien Broner Voting for Trump: He’ll Lower My Taxes Hughie Fury Set To Return on Fury-Klitschko Rematch Bill, July 9 Video: Anthony Joshua Pumped For Breazeale Title Defense
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement