Two of boxing’s most talented pound-for-pound fighters will square off in a highly anticipated rematch when junior welterweight world champion Kostya Tszyu (rated #1 by Boxingtalk) defends his title against Sharmba Mitchell (Boxingtalk #3) on Saturday, November 6, 2004. In the co-feature, WBO junior featherweight titlist Joan Guzman will defend his title for the second time when he takes on contender Marcos Licona. Showtime Championship Boxing will televise both world title fights from the Glendale Arena in Phoenix, Ariz., at 9 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on West Coast). Millenium Events Inc., in association with Gary Shaw Productions, LLC, will present the fight card. KOSTYA TSZYU (30-1, 24 KOs)
"I am happy to be fighting back on SHOWTIME in a place where there is a lot of personal history. It was in Phoenix that I beat the great, great Julio Cesar Chavez. I am very excited about Saturday night. Twenty-two months is a long time between fights. But life is all about challenges, and I like to challenge myself, which is why I am taking this fight now. To return to the ring after one injury, then two, in this type of matchup will not be easy but I am ready. I feel I do not have to prove myself to anyone. Expect to see a lot of interesting surprises from me. I have a lot of different strategies. You will see something from me you have never seen before. I hope a lot of fans who cannot be here tune in to SHOWTIME."SHARMBA MITCHELL (55-3, 31 KOs)
"I am still knocking on wood that this fight happens. I am here to do a job and that is to fight Kostya Tszyu for the undisputed world junior welterweight championship. I know what I am supposed to do and I am going to do it. I appreciate Kostya giving me a second chance; I believe I am the first one he has ever given a rematch too. I am not going to let this opportunity go by easily."JOAN GUZMAN (21-0, 17 KOs)
"I am glad too be fighting on SHOWTIME and to be fighting again in Phoenix where I made my pro debut. I hope everyone enjoys our fight because it is going to be a great."MARCOS LICONA (21-4-1, 7 KOs)
"I have waiting a long time for the opportunity to fight for a world title. No way should anyone avoid watching both these fights because they will regret it. Joan Guzman is undefeated and a great champion, but I have fought some great fighters and feel that has helped me as I get ready for Saturday. This is going to be a great fight."