Guzman-Mosquera matchup set
Former world titleholders Joan Guzman and Vicente Mosquera will meet for a vacant interim junior welterweight belt June 28 at the Kissimmee Civic Center in Kissimmee, Fla., All-Star Boxing promoter Tuto Zabala Jr. announced Thursday night.
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The fight will air live on Spanish-language network Telemundo (11:35 p.m. ET) along with a bout involving featherweight contender Orlando Cruz (20-2-1, 10 KOs) of Puerto Rico, who is close to a mandatory world title shot. Cruz, who made worldwide headlines in October when he became the first active boxer to announce he is gay, will face an opponent to be determined.
The 37-year-old Guzman (33-1-1, 20 KOs), a former junior featherweight and junior lightweight world titleholder from the Dominican Republic, suffered his only professional defeat in his last fight. He faced Khabib Allakhverdiev for a vacant junior-welterweight title in November in Sunrise, Fla., and lost an eighth-round technical split decision after suffering a knee injury on an accidental foul and was unable to continue.
"Guzman worked had in his last fight and fell short due to injury," said Acquinity Sports chief executive Gary Jonas, Guzman's promoter, who made a deal with Zabala to place the bout on his show. "He is a two-time world champion who knows what to do in the ring very well. This is a very interesting fight. I feel Guzman will win this fight and get another shot at Allakhverdiev and his world title."
Mosquera (32-2-1, 17 KOs), 33, of Panama, is also a former junior-lightweight titleholder. He won a world title in 2005 by outpointing Thailand's Yodsanan Sor Nanthachai on the John Ruiz-James Toney heavyweight title fight undercard at New York City's famed Madison Square Garden.
Mosquera made one successful defense before being knocked out in the 10th round by the late Edwin Valero in 2006. Mosquera did not fight again after the loss to Valero until returning in 2011, in part because of time he spent incarcerated. Since his return, Mosquera has won eight consecutive fights.
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