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Joan Guzman Camp Notes: American Express - Don't Leave Home Without It

04.09.06 - LAS VEGAS, Nev.--As Joan Guzman plows through another grueling sparring session, his body is soaked with sweat each time the bell sounds ending a round. But rather than use a towel to dry the undefeated former world champion, Guzmans trainer uses an American Express card as a make-shift squeegee--and a motivational tool..

We tried other credit cards, but American Express works the best, said Guzman (25-0, 17 KOs), from the Dominican Republic, who challenges current World Boxing Organization junior lightweight champion Jorge Barrios Sept. 16 at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. We use a Gold Card now; after I beat Barrios, we can change it to Platinum.

Promoted by Sycuan Ringside Promotions, Guzmans credit limit has skyrocketed with every lopsided victory hes enjoyed.

When its all said and done for Guzman, hell be using the American Express Black Card that the Bill Gates and Michael Jordans of the world have, said Glenn Quiroga, President of Sycuan Ringside Promotions. Hes that good. His future is that bright.

With less than two weeks left until Guzman attempts to capture the second world title of his career, the Sycuan Warrior already is nearing 130 pounds. And with his weight not an issue, Guzman has but one focus:

I wake up in the morning and Im thinking about Barrios, Guzman said. I eat, run, lift weights, spar, go shopping--whatever Im doing, Im thinking about Barrios and that title of his. Ive got a cardboard cutout of him where hes holding his belt, and all I can think is that I cant wait until its me holding that belt. Im so geared up for this fight I wish it was Sept. 16 already.

Guzman captured the WBO junior featherweight title Aug. 17, 2002, by stopping Fabio Oliva in the third round and successfully defended that title twice before vacating it to move up in weight.

Im almost as eager for this fight to happen as Joan is, said Scott Woodworth, Vice President, Sycuan Ringside Promotions. When I drop in on training, I see another new wrinkle in his game plan that will help blow away Barrios. Everything theyre doing, right down to using an American Express card to motivate Joan, is coming together perfectly.

About Sycuan Ringside Promotions

Sycuan Ringside Promotions of San Diego is the fastest-growing, most dynamic promotional entity in the sport. Making its promotional debut in 2004, Sycuan Ringside Promotions already boasts four world champions and has promoted and presented world title bouts across the country on premium cable networks. Sycuan Ringside Promotions has many notable boxers on its roster, including World Boxing Council welterweight world champion Carlos Baldomir, WBC super bantamweight champion Israel Vazquez, International Boxing Federation lightweight interim champion Julio Diaz, World Boxing Association super bantamweight interim champion Celestino Caballero, former World Boxing Organization bantamweight champion Mauricio Martinez and undefeated prospects teenage lightweight sensation Jorge Paez Jr. and light heavyweight Shawn Hawk.

Article posted on 05.09.2006



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