Photos: Reynaldo Sanchez/ Acquinity Sports
Since launching their inaugural show just this past January, Deerfield Beach-based promotional upstart Acquinity Sports finds themselves poised to crown one of their own with a world championship title. Two-time former world champion Joan “Little Tyson” Guzman (33-0-1, 20 KOs) seeks to claim career redemption and the vacant WBA World light welterweight belt against Khabib “The Hawk” Allakhverdiev (17-0, 8 KOs) of Russia in their 12-round main event this Friday night.
Holding court this afternoon during the final press conference from the venue site at the BB&T Center, Acquinity promoter Henry Rivalta boldly proclaimed: “We could have named this show World War III, because every fight is going to be a war, it’s going to be great.”
Allakhverdiev’s manager Vladimir Hrunov stated one of his favorite fighters was the late great Arturo “Thunder” Gatti and asked Acquinity assistant trainer Micky Ward how many fights he’d fought against him. Ward held up three fingers, to which Hrunov replied: “In this main event, you’re going to see Gatti-Ward IV!”
Guzman, too long a pariah in boxing circles for past weight issues, looked amazingly fit and prepared after nearly eight months of consistent training with Acquinity head trainer Herman Caicedo. Guzman claimed: “I’m not here to waste time, I’ve trained very hard and I’m not just going to win a third world title. I’m going to become a legend. I need the best fighters. Guzman is a real champion and I need real champions. Before I didn’t train like a machine. Now, I’m training like a machine. I won’t lose any more time.”
The card’s ten-round co-main event features recent Acquinity acquisition Domonique “3D” Dolton (12-0, 7 KOs) against hard-punching Colombian Richard “La Lamina” Gutierrez (26-10-1, 16 KOs) for the interim WBA Fedelatin junior middleweight belt.
Dolton, a former protégé of Emanuel Steward’s Kronk Gym, exuded nervous excitement at the opportunity, stating: “These guys are like a family, I’ve got Joan Guzman, who’s like a big brother to me. Micky Ward, who is such an inspiration to me. They’re all helping me to get to the top. I plan to be the next American superstar.”
Dolton’s fellow Kronk alumni, cruiserweight Isiah “The Piston” Thomas (11-0, 6 KOs) faces a battle royale against former world champion Richard “The Destroyer” Hall (30-10, 28 KOs) of Jamaica for the ten-round WBA Fedelatin cruiserweight title.
Local fan-favorite and top-15 ranked welterweight prospect Ed “The Lion” Paredes (31-3-1, 21 KOs) faces a stiff test against Mexican slugger Hector Muñoz (20-8-1, 13 KOs) in a come-forward battle of wills for ten rounds.
Dominican southpaw featherweight prodigy Claudio “The Matrix” Marrero (13-0, 10 KOs) mixes it up against Mauricio “Cry Baby” Martinez (36-13-1, 24 KOs) of Mexico for the Marrero’s WBA Fedelatin belt over ten rounds.
Fellow Dominican southpaw bantamweight Juan Carlos “Baby Pacquiao” Payano (11-0, 6 KOs) battles José Luis “Tapitas” Araiza (29-6-1, 20 KOs) of Mexico in their ten-round affair for the WBA Fedelatin bantamweight belt.
Cuban light heavyweight Humberto Savigne (9-1, 7 KOs) takes on Pennsylvania veteran Dhafir “No Fear” Smith (26-22-7, 4 KOs) for the ten-round WBA Fedelatin light heavyweight belt.
Don King’s flashy Washington DC-area super-bantamweight prospect Thomas “KO” Snow (16-1, 10 KOs) kicks things off in his six-round bout against an opponent to be named.
The Beatdown 2012 card will be broadcast live on Bounce TV (WFLX Fox 29 locally in Palm Beach County) and The Pursuit Channel (Channel 240 Dish and 604 DirecTV) reaching 115 million households.
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.