Guzman ready to shine in New York!


Guzman ready to shine in New York!

PRESS RELEASE: Undefeated former World Boxing Organization junior featherweight titlist Joan Guzman of the Dominican Republic faces Terdsak Jandaeng of Thailand in a twelve-round WBO featherweight title elimination bout on August 26, 2005 in White Plains, N.Y. The winner between Guzman, (rated #3 in the world by Boxingtalk at 122 pounds), and Jandaeng (Boxingtalk # 28 at 126 pounds) qualifies for a title shot at current WBO featherweight champion Scott Harrison. The 10-round co-main event features unbeaten welterweight Carlos Quintana (Boxingtalk #12) of Puerto Rico against Dillon Carew of New York City.

Guzman, who voluntarily relinquished the WBO junior featherweight championship he won during 2002 in order to move up to the 126-pound division, has a record of 23-0 with 17 knockouts. Jandaeng, holds a regional title and sports a record of 18-0 with 13 knockouts.

The show will be promoted by Northeast Promotions in association with Sycuan Ringside Promotions, Zanfer and Goossen Tutor Promotions. Tickets, priced at $30, $40, $75 and $100, are available at the Westchester County Center box office Monday through Friday 10 a.m. (Eastern) to 6 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Tickets also may be purchased by calling 914-995-4050, 845-454-3388 or 212-307-7171 or through Ticketmaster.  

The 29-year-old Guzman is a unique combination of power, speed and boxing skill, attributes that will hold him in even better stead as he moves up to the featherweight division, one in which he feels more comfortable.  Guzman decisioned Joe Morales in a super featherweight bout last November in Glendale, Ariz., then struggled to make weight before successfully defending his WBO junior featherweight championship with a round unanimous decision over Fernando Beltran Jr. on a card presented by Sycuan Ringside Promotions April 22 in Hidalgo, Texas.

Jandaeng has been extremely active; he has fought eight times during the past 11 months.

The 28-year-old Quintana, a southpaw, has a record of 20-0 with 16 knockouts.

The 34-year-old Carew, also a southpaw, has a record of 17-13-3 with 11 knockouts.  Carew has fought former champion Meldrick Taylor.

Undercard fights, all four-round bouts, include: super middleweight Curtis Jones (1-0-1, 1 KO) of Brooklyn, N.Y., against Shawn Williams (4-5, 2 KOs) of Columbus, Ohio; middleweight Cory Jones (0-0-0-1) of Brooklyn against James Moore (1-0, 1 KO) of Queens, N.Y.; middleweight Bryant Pappas (2-0, 2 KOs) of Yonkers, N.Y., against Dwayne Reid (0-2) of Kansas City, Mo.; and super lightweight Omar Gonzalez (Pro Debut) of Bronx, N.Y., against Dwyane Hall (Pro Debut) of Rochester, N.Y.

The undercard also features two women’s bouts: Ann Marie Saccurato of White Plains (9-0-2, 4 KOs) against Belinda Laracuente of Bronx/Puerto Rico (21-10-2, 9 KOs) in a six-round super lightweight fight and Maureen Shea of Bronx (Pro Debut), who was the chief sparring partner for Hilary Swank in preparation for her role in the Oscar-winning feature film “Million Dollar Baby.”
An opponent for Shea will be determined. The card will be televised by Azteca America.