Report and photos: Reynaldo Sanchez/Acquinity Sports
After his suffering his first career loss (via split technical decision) to Khabib Allakhverdiev in a world title fight on Friday night at the BB&T Center in Sunrise Florida, former multi-division world champion Joan Guzman was taken to the Cleveland Clinic in Weston, Florida, where doctors determined that Guzman suffered a double break in his right hand and a serious break in the lower part of his left knee will sideline him for nearly six weeks and possibly require surgery to solve these problems.
“I’ll be around for a long time,” said Guzman who was in good spirits. “This won’t stop me and with the help of God I’ll get past this problem and we’ll be seeking another fight for world title.
“From the fifth round I started getting the rust off after not having big challenges since my fights with Ali Funeka, and I began to show my boxing and had Allakhverdiev frustrated, which led to him to resorting to fouls.”
Guzman made it very clear that he has no objection to the result and it was his injuries that prevented him from continuing in a fight that in his opinion he was starting to dominate.
“I demonstrated that I had the desire to keep on fighting, but I could only support myself on one foot and that forced me to leave this battle but not the war.”