Wednesday, May 09, 2007
Sunlight slices its way into Barry’s Gym through two massive doors that are thrown open to bring in the warm and refreshing Las Vegas breeze. Joan Guzman stands in the center of the ring with a slight daydream look as he stares toward the incoming sunlight. The balmy, sunny day grabs Guzman’s attention for only a moment, then suddenly he yells, “Todavia no,” which is Spanish for “Not yet.” It’s a signal to new trainer Floyd Mayweather Sr. that Guzman is not finished with his workout.
Guzman, one of boxing’s most feared pound-for-pound fighters and keeper of the World Boxing Organization’s junior lightweight championship, is feverishly preparing for his May 26 showdown with unbeaten Australian Michael Katsidis.
The 12-round fight is for Katsidis’ WBO lightweight interim title which will be broadcast on HBO’s “Boxing After Dark” beginning at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT from The Arena at the Anaheim (Calif.) Convention Center.
Wednesday, April 18, 2007
Joan Guzman (left) and Michael Katsidis square off after Wednesday’s press conference in Anaheim, Calif. In the main event at the Anaheim Convention Center on Saturday, May 26, Katsidis will defend his interim WBO lightweight crown against Guzman, the current WBO 130-pound champion and former WBO 122-pound titleholder. Photo: Rob DeLorenzo/Golden Boy Promotions
The only boxer from the Dominican Republic to win world titles in two weight classes will try to make it three when current WBO lightweight champion and former WBO 122-pound kingpin Joan Guzman (27-0, 17 KOs) steps up in weight to challenge fellow unbeaten and interim WBO lightweight titleholder Michael Katsidis (22-0, 20 KOs) on Saturday, May 26, 2007, at The Arena at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, Calif. In the co-feature, undefeated Jorge Linares (23-0, 14 KOs) and ex-WBC 122-pound champ Oscar Larios (59-5-1, 37 KOs) collide for the vacant WBC featherweight belt.
HBO Boxing After Dark will televise the doubleheader beginning at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the west coast). Golden Boy Promotions, in association with Sycuan Ringside Promotions, Rockstar Energy Drink and Tecate will present the event.