Fans invited to Guzman-Allakhverdiev presser

Photo: Reynaldo Sanchez/ Acquinity Sports

Comedian Rodney Dangerfield once famously quipped: “I went to a fight the other night and a hockey game broke out.” Sadly this may not happen anytime soon for hockey fans due to yet another nutty NHL-mandated lockout. Fortunately local hockey fans need not despair as they have a unique opportunity to see genuine professional pugilism under the same roof usually reserved for hat tricks and power-play goals.

Local boxing promotional powerhouse Acquinity Sports is reaching across the sports divide and inviting hockey fans to join their boxing brethren for the “Beatdown 2012” show on November 30th from the BB&T Center in Sunrise–home of the Florida Panthers.

Acquinity Sports Promoter Henry Rivalta stated: “Hockey fans who are getting sick of the repeated hijackings of their sport are always welcome to our shows. Boxing has no official season, we fight year-round. We have no unions or labor disputes. And when it comes to fighting, we perfected it.”

Rivalta welcomed fans of both sports to join local and national media and of course, top-ranked fighters for the final press conference scheduled at the BB&T Center next Tuesday, November 27th beginning at noon.

The eight-bout card will be topped off by a twelve-round WBA World light welterweight championship fight between former two-division king Joan “Little Tyson” Guzman (33-0-1, 20 KOs) and newly-crowned IBO champion Khabib “The Hawk” Allakhverdiev (17-0, 8 KOs) of Russia.

Guzman, the 36-year old Dominican seeking redemption in a furious race back towards a title shot faces a stiff test in the southpaw Russian. Allakhverdiev’s last three wins include a sixth-round technical decision victory over former undisputed lightweight world champion Nate Campbell last September. His most recent performance earned him a 4th round knockout of previous IBO beltholder Kaizer Mabuza in June.

For Guzman, this opportunity represents more than just a world title.

For him, it is a matter of redemption and respect.

Guzman is not the same fighter so many in the boxing world seemed so willing to dismiss in the past due to weight issues. Since joining Acquinity Sports, Guzman has come in on weight and knocked out each of his opponents. At 36, he appears hungrier than ever to dominate the light welterweight division; throwing down the gauntlet to all current champions to face him…if they dare.

Fans who can’t make it in person can catch the fight on Bounce TV (WFLX Fox 29 locally in Palm Beach County) and The Pursuit Channel (Channel 240 Dish and 604 DirecTV). The combined broadcast will reach a worldwide audience of 115 million homes.

In addition to the featured fisticuffs, hip-hop fans will also have a chance watch rappers lay additional beats down during the scheduled full-performance concert. Artists such as Flo Rida, DMX, Fat Joe, Waka Flocka Flame, Travis Porter and Fabolous are scheduled to perform.

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