Joan Guzman probably didn't impress too many people given the level of his opposition tonight, but the 35-year-old Dominican kept his undefeated record with an easy win and a nasty knockout against Jesus Pabon on ESPN Friday Night Fights.
Guzman (32-0-1, 19 KO) put Pabon (17-3, 11 KO) down in the first, third, and fourth rounds, and was clearly looking for a highlight reel KO all throughout the fight. That led to the former titleholder (122 and 130 lbs.) tiring a bit, which led to some off-putting showboating -- off-putting given the fact this was a mismatch beatdown against an opponent who had a lot of heart but no hope of winning -- and finally, mercifully, and pretty beautifully, a wicked left hand knockout in the eighth round.
Let's put this into perspective: Again, in Pabon's last fight, he was stopped in two rounds by Javier Castro, who was coming in on a two-fight losing streak to Ameth Diaz and a guy who was 12-18.
So you'll have to forgive me, but no, after watching Guzman tire himself out, toy with a totally overmatched opponent, clown, and act like a big shot against someone he'd have beaten in his fifth pro fight, I am not declaring Joan Guzman to be "back," nor do I think any major network should consider him for a fight. Why should they? He's a constant weight risk. Why should money be invested into a guy without a considerable following who very well might not even make it into the ring?
ESPN Friday Night Fights is off next week, but returns on March 16 with an actual good main event between Kendall Holt and Tim Coleman.