El Matador Management, Inc. has announced the signing of hard hitting super bantamweight contender, Jonathan “Salomon King” Guzman (23-1, 22 KO’s). Felipe Gomez will now be managing the career of hard hitting and former IBF World Super Bantamweight Champion Guzman, who hails from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Gomez will be working closely with Sampson Lewkowicz (Guzman’ Promoter) as they jointly look to keep Guzman busy, while guiding him back toward a world title.
Guzman won the IBF World Super Bantamweight Title with an 11-round stoppage over Shingo Wake (20-4-2, 12 KO’s) in Japan. Guzman then defended his title against Yukinori Oguni (18-1-1, 8 KO’s) in Kyoto, Japan losing a 12-round unanimous decision.
“I been out of the ring for over a year now and I know Felipe Gomez can help jump-start my career again.” said Guzman. “I see the job he is doing with all his fighters and how he has been keeping them busy. That is exactly what I need, someone that can help keep me busy fighting and that also believes in me becoming a World Champion again.”
“I am extremely happy to be part of Jonathan Guzman’s team” said Felipe Gomez. “He is an exciting fighter to watch, he reminds me of a mini Mike Tyson. I have big plans for him and I will work relentlessly with Sampson Lewkowicz to help Guzman get back on track. Guzman is a skillful fighter that has tremendous punching power in both hands and I am excited to have him be part of my team!”
Goodwin Boxing are delighted to announce the signing of 26 year old Welterweight Kieran McGhee
Kieran originally turned professional in 2012 and had four contests before deciding to hang up his gloves. “I turned professional too early and did not understand the business of boxing. I took some time out and now at 26 I knew the time was right to come back. I would advise many young boxers not to turn professional until they are mentally as well as physically ready.”
“Now I know what I am doing there was only one choice as a manager and that was Steve Goodwin.”
Kieran has to go through the process of re-applying to the boxing board for his licence and subject to that being granted Kieran will return to the ring in September.
“Rejuvenating someones career gives me as much pleasure as anything. I have done this with quite a few boxers and I really love this part of this job. I believe Kieran will go on to win titles and it will be a pleasure helping him in that aspiration.” Said Steve
WBF: Da Costa Retains, Zhang Knocks Out Park
Anne Sophie Da Costa retained the World Boxing Federation (WBF) Womens World Light Flyweight title on Saturday night, May 12, beating Tanzanian challenger Halima Vunjabei by unanimous decision at the Cirque de Reims in Reims, France.
With a loud home-town crowd cheering her on, Da Costa took control of the fight in the second round, after allowing Vunjabei to steal the first stanza on aggression. From the second and onwards, the defending champion boxed excellently and was very effective in combinations.
Vunjabei never gave up and did have some moments of success, catching Da Costa coming in, but in the end it was a near masterful performance from Da Costa, who came close to scoring a stoppage in the final stages of the bout.
Judges Mohamed Hireche and Brahim Ait Aadi scored the fight 99-91, and Judge Jean-Marcel Nartz scored it 98-92 for Da Costa (35), taking her professional record to 25-3 (11). 25-year-old Vunjabei, from Dar Es Salaam, drops to 6-4-1 (3).
At the Bucheon Gymnasium in Bucheon, South Korea, Qixiu Zhang from China upset local man Nak Yul Park to win the vacant WBF International Lightweight title in crushing fashion and stun the many fans in attendance.
In a competitive and entertaining fight, Park was slightly ahead on all three scorecards when Zhang brutally knocked him out in round eleven with a series of hard punches, leaving the Korean out on the canvas for almost five minutes.
Zhang, a 22-year-old from Chinese port-city Dalian, moves to 9-4-1 (3), and Park (30) drops to 8-3 (4) after winning his previous seven outings.