News February 2010

Joan Guzman in Manchester: Spars John Murray

Joan Guzman and Lee Beard (pic by C Gibson)

One of the sport's pound for pound, most talented boxers, Joan Guzman is in rainy England under the expert tutelage of former-Hatton trainer Lee Beard, as they gradually marry that agility with British grit.

Long discussed as a fighter who could have schooled Manny Pacquiao at lightweight, the Dominican born fighter holds an unbeaten record with 29 wins and 17 of those wins coming by KO.

But following a torrid fight with Ali Funeka in November last year, which resulted in a draw, the 5'7 orthodox fighter decided to address his whole regime. After discussions with several of America's top trainers, it was Manchester man Lee Beard who impressed Team Guzman the most, with his assessments of Joan and his plans to bring out the very best in the Brooklyn resident.

Having spent part of January over in New York with Guzman, it was decided to bring him over to the hard streets of the North England to inject some steel into the fighter, with tough local sparring and a training programme devloped by the best nutritionist in boxing, Kerry Kayes.

John Murray, the Hennessy promoted British lightweight champion has been one of a few to step in the ring with Guzman.

"Joan's natural ability is phenomenal." Said Beard

"But we aim to sharpen those tools even further, bringing in more strength, conditioning and in the rematch with Funeka, he will bring the total package."

Full Interview to follow shortly.

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