Once highly considered as a serious danger to the current pound-for-pound king Manny Pacquiao, Joan Guzman ranks among the most gifted fighters of the contemporary era. Although he fights like Floyd Mayweather Jr. whose style is now being repulse by most boxing spectators, it cannot be denied there is beauty – though not as beautiful as Pacquiao’s – in their fighting styles to behold on. Guzman is now a former two-division world champion, boasting a resume of 31 wins, 17 KO’s and a lone no contest.
Having won two major belts, Joan Guzman is definitely one of the current ring competitors to watch for whenever he showcases his habitually well-executed craft that places him on smooth sailing to stardom and greater riches. However boxing is no different in comparison to any other human enterprise; talent alone hardly carries anyone to the podium of his/her dreams. For that matter, boxing even requires self-discipline many folds than any other field of human undertaking, making the sport noble and honorable despite its rather brutal nature.
When it comes to natural boxing flair, Joan Guzman certainly rings the bell, but at this stage of his career while nearing boxing prominence he appears to be slithering back to his possibly inherent character problem. His professionalism as a professional fighter is now in question in the minds of many, arguably affecting his popularity and his status in the boxing world market.
Of late, Guzman, a former Olympian who competed for Dominican Republic demonstrated to the world how a bad sport he could become by reporting 9 pounds over the weight limit in his 2nd try for the IBF world lightweight title of Ali Funeka. They agreed to push through the fight anyway provided Guzman, 31, will not exceed 150 pounds during the 2nd (Saturday) weigh in. The fight went on as scheduled at the expense of Guzman no longer eligible to win the title aside from the $32,000.00 he had to pay.
Dropping Funeka in the 4th round, Joan Guzman went on to win, but because of his outlandish infringement of the weight contract, the credibility of his victory was clouded over. Some observers maintained the outcome might have been different and possibly ended up in favor of the South African. Indeed, weight difference is crucial in the lower weight divisions and 9 pounds over the weight limit is excessive and without it, Guzman may have not scored a knockdown at all. The lone knockdown was decidedly the factor that earned Guzman the split decision victory.
One thing that should be reflected on this unpopular fight is the imposition of a working rule if there is none, suspending fighters who showed up only to breach the weight contract. Monetary fines may not be enough for boxing often times involves grudge matches and as such it is not a weird idea that a fighter may just have to brush off the money in exchange for weight advantage, thereby executing his grim intention of harming his opponent seriously, or simply to ensure victory to say the least. It can be noted that Guzman was widely criticized having managed to salvage a draw against the same opponent in their first match in which a general consensus had pervaded the boxing world for a time that Funeka should have won the fight, via wide decision.
In addition Guzman is a repeat offender committing the same wrongdoing in his supposedly exciting challenge of Nate Campbell’s unified WBA, super WBO and IBF lightweight titles on September 13, 2008. He came in 3 ½ pounds over the 135 lb limit, causing the cancellation of the fight to the dismay of the American champion. Guzman issued a sincere apology, though.
Hence aside from being perilous on the opposing foe that elects to fight nonetheless, coming overweight evidently wastes time, money and effort of the opposing and compromised fighter who refused to push through with the fight. Being overweight therefore can be taken as unprofessional or as unfair as fighting someone on PEDs or whose hands are on something they call “Plaster of Paris.” So if these serious acts of pugilistic misconduct are punishable by suspension then why not equally apply on fighters who badly violate weight contracts like Joan Guzman? He appears to deserve due punishment, doesn’t he?