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Guzman ready for Jandaeng

19.08.05 -Undefeated and former World Boxing Organization junior featherweight champion Joan Guzman of the Dominican Republic faces No. 1-ranked 126-pounder Terdsak Jandaeng of Thailand in a 12-round WBO featherweight title-elimination bout on a nationally televised card promoted by Northeast Promotions in association with Sycuan Ringside Promotions, Zanfer and Goossen Tutor Promotions Aug. 26 in White Plains, N.Y..

The winner between Guzman, who is ranked No. 2, and Jandaeng gets a title shot at current WBO featherweight champion Scott Harrison.

The 10-round co-main event features unbeaten welterweight Carlos Quintana 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, the WBO Asia Pacific featherweight champion, has a record of 18-0 with 13 knockouts.

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 www.ticketmaster.com

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 12-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, including seven WBO Asia Pacific title bouts.

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

The 34-year-old Dillon, also a southpaw, has a record of 17-13-3 with 11 knockouts. Dillon has fought former International Boxing Federation junior welterweight and World Boxing Association welterweight 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 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.

Sycuan Ringside Promotions of El Cajon, Calif., is considered to be the fastest-growing and most dynamic promotional entity in the sport. Sycuan Ringside Promotions made its promotional debut during 2004, but already has or had three world champions and has promoted and presented world title bouts on premium cable networks.

Sycuan Ringside Promotions has many notable boxers in its stable, including International Boxing Federation junior featherweight champ Israel Vazquez and former IBF lightweight champion Julio Diaz.

Sycuan Ringside Promotions is led by Glenn Quiroga, president; Willie Tucker Sr., senior vice president; Scott Woodworth, vice president of boxing operations; and Michael Marley, vice president of public relations.

Northeast Promotions is led by Walt Lambert.

Article posted on 20.08.2005



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