Sycuan Inks Guzman to major promotional deal


Sycuan Inks Guzman to major promotional deal

PRESS RELEASE: Sycuan Ringside Promotions announced today that World Boxing Organization (WBO) 130-Pound Champion Joán Guzman has signed a multi-fight-multimillion dollar contract with their promotional company.


Guzman, currently in Las Vegas, Nev., is preparing for his title defense against interim champion Alex Arthur on April 26, 2008. The fight, which is being promoted by Frank Warren of Sports Network after having won the WBO purse bid, will take place in Edinburgh, Scotland, at a venue to be determined.


“I am thrilled to continue to be a part of the Sycuan family, “Guzman said. “I was the first fighter signed by Sycuan Ringside Promotions. They have been a key component to the Guzman team and have brought me to this important point in my career. I am confident we will win another championship together. Many people thought I would walk away from them, but the cynics fail to remember that I am the ‘Sycuan Warrior’.”


In Guzman’s last fight he successfully defended his WBO crown by scoring a 12-round unanimous decision over Humberto Soto on Nov. 17, 2007; at Bally’s in Atlantic City, N.J. Guzman won a unanimous decision with the judges scoring 118-110 and 117-111 twice on the scorecards.


Guzman’s manager, Jose Nuñez said, “I am very pleased and satisfied that Joan signed a major promotional deal with Sycuan Ringside Promotions. We have worked closely since the beginning with Glenn Quiroga, Willie Tucker, Scott Woodworth and Sean Gibbons. I am confident they will take Joan to the super fights and make him a household name, which is what he wants,” added Nuñez.


“We are proud that Guzman has signed again with Sycuan Ringside Promotions,” said Scott Woodworth, Sycuan’s vice president of boxing. “Glenn Quiroga, Willie Tucker, Sean Gibbons and I are very proud to have been able to offer him a multi-fight, multi-million dollar agreement that he was happy to sign. Joan Guzman and Jose Nuñez know that Sycuan has Joan’s best interest at heart and we will continue to do everything necessary for him to realize his dreams which he is so capable of doing.”

Sycuan Ringside Promotions--the first Native American-owned boxing promotional company, made its promotional debut in 2004. Sycuan Ringside Promotions is headquartered in San Diego, Calif. and led by Glenn Quiroga, president; Willie Tucker, executive vice president; and Scott Woodworth, vice president.


Sycuan Ringside Promotions has many notable boxers in its stable, including undefeated World Boxing Organization junior lightweight champion Joan Guzman, World Boxing Council super bantamweight champion Israel Vazquez, former International Boxing Federation lightweight champion Julio Diaz, World Boxing Association super bantamweight  champion Celestino Caballero, former WBC welterweight champion Carlos Baldomir, teenage super lightweight sensation Jorge Paez Jr. and undefeated cruiserweight prospect Shawn Hawk.