By Danny Winterbottom: After almost a year’s sabbatical from the ring due to a plethora of weight making and personal problems, talented “Little Tyson” Joan Guzman returned to the ring with a routine first round KO victory over an out of his depth Florencio Castellano at the Hotel Jaragua in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, on Friday Nov 18.
Sporting black shorts with his name emblazoned in gold, Guzman looked a little fleshy despite scaling inside the light welterweight limit of 140lbs. Castellano, in blue shorts, also scaled inside the limit and was head and shoulders taller than the former two division world champion.
As the bell sounded, Guzman 31-0-1 (18), immediately assumed a semi crouch position with his legs splayed wide apart as he used smooth upper body movements and clever sway backs to evade the jabs of the Columbian, occasionally picking a nice counter. The action was slow paced as the Dominican native seemed content with making Castellano 17-5 (13) miss, presenting himself as a target before swiftly altering his position, missing the blows by inches.
Guzman, already confident he had the measure of his man, began to lead off with left hooks catching Castellano with a beauty as he moved along the ropes. The Columbian was throwing little in return; instead he was in survival mode with his gloves held high around his face as the Sycuan warrior stalked him as he prepared to pounce.
As both men occupied ring centre Guzman feinted to throw a left, drawing a lead from Castellano, and then whipped a fantastic right uppercut through the guard of the Columbian sending him crashing heavily on his back. The moment the punch landed Guzman raised his hand knowing the blow was a fight finisher, and as referee Roberto Ramierez snr began his count it was clear the contest was over reaching the count of 10 with Castellano still motionless on the canvas.
With this victory Guzman picked up something called the IBF Caribbean welterweight title, but most importantly he got back to winning ways, albeit against lowly opposition, and can still offer a challenge even at this stage of his career.
On the undercard former super featherweight title challenger Argenis Mendez 19-2 (10) scored a second round TKO over Jose Palma 14-5-2 (9). Palma was down once in the second before the bout was stopped shortly after.
Unbeaten female lightweight star Amanda Serrano 13-0 (8) battered Grecia Nova 8-15-4 (2) for four rounds before Nova retired before the start of round five. Nova was down once in round two.
Lightweight Julio De Jesus 13-0 (12) stopped Ramon Duran 21-4-1 (13) in round two
November 18, 2011