Card nearly final for Beatdown 2012

Acquinity Sports plans to redefine the meaning of “throwing a beat down” with nearly all opponents named for their eight-bout “Beatdown 2012” card from the BB&T Center. The concert portion of the sports and music extravaganza features such hip-hop luminaries as Flo Rida, DMX, Little Joe and others.

(The boxing portion will be beamed out live across the country via Bounce TV and The Pursuit Channel.)

Headlining the top-tier boxing portion of the show is Dominican former two-division world champion Joan “Little Tyson” Guzman (33-0-1, 20 KOs) against recently-crowned IBO light welterweight titlist Khabib “The Hawk” Allakhverdiev (17-0, 8 KOs) for the vacant WBA World light welterweight championship.

Guzman seeks redemption, respect and a long-sought after light welterweight crown to prove to fans his rededication to the sport is above reproach.

The co-main event features South Florida’s own Ed “The Lion” Paredes (31-3-1, 21 KOs) against hard-hitting Mexican Javier “El Terrible” Castro in a ten-round welterweight tilt. Paredes, the twenty seven-year old contender ranked in the top fifteen of all major sanctioning bodies (WBC, WBA, IBF and WBO), seeks a career-defining victory to propel him into his own world-title matchup.

Dominican southpaw featherweight phenom Claudio “The Matrix” Marrero (13-0, 10 KOs) faces his stiffest test to date against fellow left-handed countryman Mauricio “Crybaby” Martinez (36-13-1, 24 KOs) in a ten-round contest. Martinez comes into this fight fresh off a ten-round decision loss to Mexican superstar Jorge Arce in September.

(Acquinity Sports promoter Henry Rivalta’s masterful hand in guiding his young team sees Marrero already ranked third in the WBA, thirteenth in the IBF and fifteenth in the WBC.)

Marrero’s Acquinity stablemate, Dominican southpaw bantamweight Juan Carlos “Baby Pacquiao” Payano (11-0, 6 KOs) squares off against gritty Mexican Jose Luis “Tapitas” Araiza (29-6-1, 20 KOs) for a scheduled ten rounds. Detroit’s own dynamic duo: cruiserweight Isiah “The Piston” Thomas (11-0, 6 KOs) and junior middleweight Domonique “3D” Dolton (12-0, 7 KOs) take on some serious “bad guys” in their ten-rounders.

The southpaw Thomas faces former light heavyweight world champion (and fellow southpaw) Richard “The Destroyer” Hall (30-10, 28 KOs) of Jamaica in what promises to be a battle royale for however many of the scheduled ten rounds it goes.

Dolton moves up a step with his level of competition against Colombian middleweight Richard “La Lamina” Gutierrez (26-10-1, 16 KOs) in Dolton’s first fight under the Acquinity banner. (Previously, “3D” fought out of the Kronk Gym under the watchful eye of beloved and recently departed Emanuel Steward.)

Cuban light heavyweight Humberto Savigne (9-1, 7 KOs) boasts the longest arm length of any fighter in light heavyweight boxing history. He plans to use every inch of it against veteran Dhafir “No Fear” Smith (26-22-7, 4 KOs) of Pennsylvania in their ten-round affair.

Newly-signed Cuban super bantamweight Alexei “The Hurricane” Collado (15-0, 14 KOs) makes his Acquinity debut against an opponent to be named. The hard punching “Hurricane” blows into South Florida by way of Cork Ireland.

Collado was joined earlier this week by another “Irish” acquisition when Micky Ward joined head trainer Herman Caicedo to prepare the Acquinity stable to make a run at what appears to be an early and lasting run at multiple world title reigns.

Ward, the fighter who became “The Fighter” on the big screen portrayed by Mark Wahlberg, went straight to work following his nonstop drive from Lowell, Massachusetts on Veterans Day.

Fight fans not able to make the much shorter drive to the BB&T Center on November 30th can catch the fights live nationally on Bounce TV and The Pursuit Channel (Station 240 Dish and 604 DirecTV).

Doors open at 3:30 PM Friday, November 30th. First bell at 4:00. Concert begins at 10:00 PM.

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