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Thursday, November 15, 2007
On this edition of NO HOLDS BARRED, host Eddie Goldman offers a preview of what many consider to be a potential fight of the year candidate.
This coming Saturday, Nov. 17, the undefeated WBO junior lightweight champion Joan Guzman (27-0, 17 KOs) takes on the hard-hitting Humberto Soto (43-5-2, 27 KOs) at the Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa in Atlantic City, N.J. This fight will be shown live in the U.S. on HBO's Boxing After Dark after the replay of last week's memorable battle between Miguel Cotto and Shane Mosley.
The crafty Guzman has been inactive for almost a year because of an injury to his left hand, while Soto has stopped every opponent he has faced in the last two years. Despite acclaimed boxing skills, both men have languished outside of the main spotlight of boxing, reserved for fighters with more well-known names who have received bigger pushes from their promoters and networks. Now it is time for either Guzman or Soto to try to advance to that next level of notoriety in this HBO main event.
We spoke with both Joan Guzman and Humberto Soto at a New York prefight news conference Wednesday to let them each state his case why he thinks he will win this crucial fight.
Later that evening, I was once again a guest on the nationally-syndicated "Joey Reynolds Show".
We play the segment where Joey and I discuss boxing. We discussed the Cotto-Mosley fight, as well as criticisms of the media seating at that fight where many long-time members of the media were relegated to faraway auxiliary seats or left to watch the fight on a TV in the media room, while ringside seats in the media section were given to fans who were obviously not journalists of any sort. Expect to hear more about this controversy, hopefully soon.
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