IBF Formally Orders Wake vs. Guzman 122-Pound Title Fight

By Jake Donovan

Negotiations are officially underway for a vacant super bantamweight title fight between Japan’s Shingo Wake and unbeaten Dominican knockout artist Jonathan Guzman.

The aforementioned bout was officially ordered by the International Boxing Federation (IBF), whose super bantamweight title became available after Carl Frampton severed all ties to the division in pursuit of a shot at featherweight beltholder Leo Santa Cruz.

The respective camps for Wake and Guzman will have 30 days to button up talks and agree to terms, which would limit the promotion to parties directly involved in such talks. Should they fail to do so, a purse bid hearing will be held on June 2, at which point any IBF-registered promoter would be eligible to secure the rights to the title fight.

Neither boxer is permitted to take an interim fight. Should either participant become injured or unavailable for said bout, the IBF will offer the opportunity to next highest-ranked contender.

“Any boxer who is contracted with a promoter, a network, or a state, tribal or national commission to take another fight, or who is ill, injured, under a legal impediment which could prevent the bout from taking place in the opinion of the IBF/USBA, or on suspension at the time the Championships Chairman and the President order a bout under this rule shall be considered unavailable.” Lindsey Tucker, IBF championships chairman informed both camps. “We would then move to the next available contender. Neither fighter can take another fight until this fight for the vacant title is concluded.”

Wake (20-4-2, 12KOs) has been awaiting this opportunity for nearly a year. The streaking contender from Japan earned a mandatory ranking following a 12-round unanimous decision win over Thailand’s Mike Tawatchai last June in Tokyo. He has since taken on a stay busy fight earlier this year, but waited out a unification bout between Frampton and Scott Quigg in hopes of landing the winner.

Instead, he settles on fighting for a vacant title against a red hot contender on the rise.

Guzman (21-0, 21KOs) entered the mix with a bang, scoring an 8th round stoppage over Mexico’s Daniel Rosas on April 29, in a bout that aired live on Spike TV.

The win comes on the heels of a 9th round stoppage of Danny Aquino last October, which was carried by NBC Sports Network. The two bouts mark the deepest he’s ever had to go in a prizefight to earn a knockout, having previously never been past six rounds.

In knocking out Rosas, Guzman highlighted what was a tremendous weekend for his promoter Sampson Lewkowicz, whose four boxers in action last Friday and Saturday all score knockout victories, three of which were nationally televised. Off-camera beneath Guzman’s showcase in Atlantic City, highly decorated amateur star Abraham "Super" Nova enjoyed a sensational pro debut with a 1st round knockout of fellow debutant Weusi Johnson.

One night later, Jorge Lara and David Benavidez both preserved their unbeaten record with highlight reel knockouts live in primetime on free-to-air Fox.

While the future is bright for the other three knockout winners, Guzman’s big score came right on time. The bout was originally meant as a semifinal eliminator, but with his title status expedited given the recent vacancy.

“I am looking forward to getting my superstar KO artist Jonathan Guzman his first title shot later this year,” said Lewkowicz. “I give my congratulations to all my other fighters who won by knockout this past weekend. Jorge Lara is back in a big way and headed for a world championship after beating Montiel. David Benavidez is going to become the youngest Mexican super middleweight champion in boxing history and Abraham Nova let the world know he's here with his power punching.

“I am proud to be promoting every one of these fighters.”

Such pride will be thoroughly communicated with Wake’s camp for the next 30 days or so.

Jake Donovan is the managing editor of Follow him on his shiny new Twitter account: @JakeNDaBox_v2

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by 1hourRun on 12-14-2016

So Guzman is defending this month ( Saturday 31 December 2016 ) vs. Yukinori Oguni ( 18-1-1 ) @ Shimazu Arena, Kyoto, Kyoto Japan. Interesting points Guzman has won all contest by KO ; he stopped his last opponent Shingo…

Comment by Beercules on 05-14-2016

Ok...Where is RiGOD?

Comment by OnePunch on 05-14-2016

[QUOTE=sicko;16704504]Guzman will DOMINATE that Division Frampton is getting out just in time and Rigondeaux is not getting any younger and [B]clearly made another terrible decision outside of the ring by signing with Roc Nation [/B]and nothing has changed he still…

Comment by sicko on 05-14-2016

Guzman will DOMINATE that Division Frampton is getting out just in time and Rigondeaux is not getting any younger and clearly made another terrible decision outside of the ring by signing with Roc Nation and nothing has changed he still…

Comment by RobnDropem on 05-14-2016

In a behind the scenes video after jonathan guzmans victory against daniel rosas sampson tells guzman that he'd be fighting in September Madison square Garden under Javier fortuna Vs. Corrales.

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (6)
Top Headlines Lamont Roach Ready For Title Shot After Beating Mercado Rances Barthelemy Feels Rejuvenated Under Joel Casamayor Joseph Parker: We Wanted To End The Year With a Bang Canelo Could Headline in Mexico in 2019, Says De La Hoya Saunders Credits Tyson Fury With Getting Him Back on Track The Night Canelo and DAZN Took Over New York Joshua: I'm Hungry To Be Undisputed - So I am Begging Wilder Jarrell Miller: Sooner or Later, I'll Punch Joshua in The Face Farmer: Time For Gervonta To Get Active - Then Come See Me Canelo: We Knew Rocky Fielding Was Weak To The Body De La Hoya: Everyone, Even Joshua, Wants To Fight Canelo Rocky Fielding: Speed, Timing, Power - Canelo Has Everything Photos: Manny Pacquiao Gives Away 2,000 Bags of Groceries Artem Dalakian Looks To Bigger Things After KO of Lebron Mares calls Gary Russell best at 126 over Santa Cruz, Frampton David Benavidez: I Know I Have What it Takes To Beat Canelo! Video: Anthony Joshua Speaks To Fielding Following KO Loss Video: Eddie Hearn Reacts To Canelo's KO of Fielding Video: Bernard Hopkins Reacts To Canelo's KO of Fielding Joshua Warns Miller That He Won't Tolerate His Trash Talk Munguia Signs With Golden Boy & DAZN; Will Fight Inoue 1/26 Ryan Garcia: I Wanted To Show That I Can Fight, That I'm For Real Sadam Ali: I Didn't Look Good, Herrera Made Me Look Terrible De La Hoya: Canelo Showed That He Can Fight at 160 or 168 Photos: Canelo Alvarez Demolishes Fielding - MONSTER Gallery Photos: Sadam Ali Back at 147, Defeats Mauricio Herrera Photos: Tevin Farmer Decisions Fonseca To Retain IBF Title Photos: Katie Taylor Proves Too Much For Eva Wahlstrom Zerafa: I Should've Let Hands Go When Kell Brook Was Hurt Hurd-Charlo Unification in 2019 if They Beat Williams, Harrison Dennis Hogan, Bilal Akkawy, Artem Dalakian Get Big Wins Rocky Fielding: Canelo Has The Power To Face Anyone at 168 Jacobs: With Lemieux Out, Stronger Possibility I'll Face Canelo Canelo Open To The Idea of Third Golovkin Fight Canelo Destroys Rocky Fielding in Three For WBA Title Canelo vs. Fielding - LIVE BoxingScene Scorecard Tevin Farmer Retains IBF Title, Decisions Francisco Fonseca Sadam Ali Bounces Back, Decisions Mauricio Herrera Ryan Garcia Blasts Out Braulio Rodriguez in Fifth Round Katie Taylor Dominates Eva Wahlstrom, Retains World Titles

Latest Active Forum Threads