Jose Nuñez, manager of former WBO super bantamweight titlist Joan Guzman, stated earlier this afternoon that Guzman had nothing to do with the false allegations filed against WBO president Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel in the Dominican Republic. All charges against Valcarcel were dropped by the Dominican justice system as of yesterday, due to insufficient evidence. It had been reported that Guzman may have been involved in the fabrication of false rape charges against Valcarcel.
“Although Guzman had some knowledge of what his former manager, Rafael Guerrero, was planning against Valcarcel, Guzman took no part in the actual development of these charges or events,” stated Nuñez. Guzman’s manager went on to say, “Guzman was under a lot of stress when Rafael Guerrero was guiding his career and witnessed many events that he would have never partaken in on his own."
This and other events led to the break from Guerrero.” Guzman currently training for his initial bout as a featherweight on August 26th, 2005, in White Plains, New York, made it clear that he is willing to testify against his former manager to clear his own name of any charges. Nuñez finished by saying, “We regret all the pain and suffering that Mr. Valcarcel and his family have endured within the past year and Guzman and I are willing to do anything within out power to rectify the situation.” Guzman, who vacated his title in recent weeks, will face WBO #1 featherweight Terdsak Jandaeng of Thailand in an elimination bout on August 26, 2005.