Edited Press Release:
The manager of Scott Harrison, the WBO featherweight champion called into question the heart and commitment of mandatory contender Joan Guzman, who has been quoted as saying that he will not be traveling to Belfast for a title shot that was postponed once due to Harrison's injury. Maloney said, "I am sick of reading reports about Scott Harrison and the accusations that he is running scared of Joan Guzman. Harrison had legitimate problems with his mouth and was undertaking dental work and that is the only reason that he broke from his training camp in Fort William, Scotland and we asked for an extension to the original fight date. Harrison has even given up the home advantage of a fight in Glasgow to go to Belfast to take on Guzman because that was the only date and venue available to keep Scott from being stripped of the title. Now Guzman's people are questioning Scott's ability to make the weight, but I personally believe that it is Guzman who is having problems and struggling to get his weight right. Why, with everything in place and the fight signed and sealed and Harrison in a training camp in Spain before he moves to a new training camp in the valleys of Wales, would Harrison not be up for this fight? Guzman has developed what a lot of American fighters seem to develop - a chicken heart. Guzman, stop looking for ways out of the fight; Scott Harrison will be in Belfast on the 20th of May - will you?"