By Phil Doherty
Photo: Reynaldo Sanchez/Acquinity Sports
Acquinity Sports confirmed today’s receipt of the official WBA mandate ordering a title bout between their fighter, Dominican former two-time world champion Joan “Little Tyson” Guzman (33-0-1, 20 KOs) and interim champion Pablo Cesar “El Demoledor” Cano (25-1-1, 19 KOs) of Mexico for the WBA super lightweight title.
The letter, addressed to “Mr. Guzman” and “Mr. Cano,” references Rule 28 of the WBA regulations which sanctions and compels both parties to negotiate for a site and date.
Argentinean former belt holder Marcos Maidana recently moved up to welterweight and vacated the title, paving the way for Cano to claim the interim version with his 7th-round technical decision victory over Johan Perez on July 21st.
For the 36-year old Guzman, the news confirms the wait and weight issues are over. Despite past problems at the scale, personal tragedy and a banned-substance offense, Guzman rededicated himself to his new team at Acquinity, knocking out his past three opponents and coming in on weight every time.
He explains to fightnews “I’m in the best physical condition of my life. I’ve never had the conditions to train as well as I’ve had with Acquinity and my trainer Herman Caicedo. None of those past weight issues matter now. They’re a thing of the past. I have a truly professional team around me now, including CEO Gary Jonas, promoter Henry Rivalta, Herman, my manager Jose Nuñez and cutman Rafael Garcia. I will be world champion again and then I will unify the titles at 140 pounds.”
Promoter Henry Rivalta confirmed his team’s intent to start negotiations with Cano’s team at Golden Boy Promotions this week and echoed his fighter’s sentiments. Rivalta said “After all his hard work, Joan is finally gaining the merit he deserves. Although his style is poisonous for other boxers, we are confident an agreement will be reached quickly with Golden Boy. This is must-see TV for fight fans all over the world as we know there are only two undefeated world-champion fighters out there over the past ten years and the other one is named Floyd.”
Incredibly for the seven-month old promotional team, the Guzman-Cano title bout is only one of their pending championship fights. Acquinity’s Dominican super featherweight contender Argenis Mendez (20-2, 10 KOs) earned another crack at IBF world champion Juan Carlos Salgado last month following Mendez’s unanimous decision rematch victory over Mexican Martin Honorio (32-8-1, 16 KOs) at The Seminole Hard Rock. Salgado will first attempt to defend against Jonathan Victor Barros in Mexico on August 18.