Fresh Off Title Win, Guzman Already Eyeing Next Opponent

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IBF Junior Featherweight Champion Jonathan “Salomon King” Guzman (22-0, 22 KOs) won’t be taking any time to rest on his newly acquired laurels.

The Dominican KO artist won his first world championship yesterday (Wednesday, July 20) by stopping former #1 contender Shingo Wake in 11 brutal rounds in Osaka, Japan. Guzman’s power was simply too much for Wake, who fell four times before the end came at 2:16 from merciful referee Wayne Hedgpeth.

The iron-fisted Dominican could easily spend the rest of the summer celebrating the victory, but has no intention to do so.

He is quickly flying home from Japan in order to be ringside tomorrow (Friday, July 22) at the Foxwoods Resort in Mashantucket, Connecticut, to watch San Antonio’s Adam Lopez face Argentina’s Roman Ruben Reynoso on ShoBox: The New Generation.

Guzman’s intention is to face the winner of that fight in his first title defense.

His promoter, Sampson Lewkowicz of Sampson Boxing, says Guzman’s victory has only created a new mission for the Dominican slugger.

“He wants to clean out the division now,” said Lewkowicz. “We told him to enjoy the victory for himself and his country, but he wants to go right back to work. That is the determination and love for what he does that has made him an undefeated champion with a perfect knockout record. I congratulate him for his first world title and for his commitment to be a true world champion.”

Guzman Ready to Challenge for IBF Title

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IBF #2 super bantamweight contender Jonathan “Salomon King” Guzman (21-0, 21 KOs) is hard at work preparing for the “fight of his life” with trainer Hector Bermudez at Peter Welch’s Gym in Boston.
The 26-year-old KO artist from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, will face IBF #1 contender Shingo Wake (20-4-2, 12 KOs) on Wednesday, July 20, at EDION Arena Osaka in Osaka, Japan, for the vacant IBF World super bantamweight title.

Guzman, who stopped Mexico’s tough Daniel Rosas in eighth round on April 29 to earn this fight, says his dreams are so close to coming true he can almost taste them. “I have waited my whole life for a world title fight and now it’s almost here,” said Guzman. “I can’t wait to get in the ring and win for my family and my country.”

Trainer Bermudez says Guzman has too many weapons to fall short in this fight. “Although Jonathan has never had to go the distance because his power is amazing, he can also box very well. He’s just never had to thus far in his career. Jonathan is the complete package and soon the world will be learning all about him. There is no way that Wake can beat him.”

Rabchenko Gets IBF Eliminator

SERGEY RABCHENKO will face Detroit’s Tony Harrison in an IBF super-welterweight title eliminator on the undercard of Santa Cruz v Frampton in Brooklyn on July 30.

As well as being a step towards a world title, the fight gives Rabchenko the opportunity to showcase his skills to a whole new audience. The Belarussian puncher has been hoping to make a splash in the United States for some time, but his path has become much clearer since he inked terms with Al Haymon and Leon Margules in 2015.

“This is the start of realising my dream,” Sergey said. “America is the Mecca of boxing so it is a huge privilege for me to be asked to fight there. “American fans like to see knockouts and I like to knock people out so I think they will like what they see. I think I can build a fanbase there.

“I am hungrier than ever. I want to get to the top. I wasn’t at my best when I went to Australia to fight Anthony Mundine, although I still think I won, but this time I will be at my very best.”

Harrison is certainly a formidable opponent. A product of the world famous Kronk Gym, the 25-year-old won 19 of his 23 victories by knockout and last time out he halted former world title challenger Fernando Guerrero inside six rounds. He has also been a sparring partner of Gennedy Golovkin on a number of occasions.

“I have not seen much of Harrison, but I am ready for anyone,” Rabchenko said. “People say he is a very good fighter with good power. I’m not worried. I have good power as well and I think I will have too much for him.”

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