South Florida will have its first world title fight of the year Nov.30.
Two-division champion Joan Guzman and Khabib Allahkverdiev will fight for the vacant World Boxing Association super-lightweight title at the BB&T Center in Sunrise.
Promotional company Acquinity Sports, of Deerfield Beach, recently reached a deal with BB&T officials to present a combined nine-bout boxing card and 2 1/2-hour concert. Home of the NHL Florida Panthers, the BB&T Center now has openings on its calendar because of the current lockout that has cancelled the league’s preseason and early regular-season games.
“With hockey in a lockout, it allowed us an opportunity to offer the event to the BB&T Center,” said Henry Rivalta, vice president of Acquinity Sports. “From the beginning, the staff at the BB&T Center has been cooperative and polite during the entire negotiations. This is going to be a win-win for everybody.”
According to Rivalta, the musical segment of the event will feature hip-hop performer Flo Rida. s
“We are also concluding negotiations to add a second musician that I can’t disclose right now,” Rivalta said.
“The reason we included the concert is to attract potential boxing fans. While they are waiting for the concert, fans will be treated to exciting fights.”
After earlier stints as junior lightweight and lightweight titleholder, Guzman will vie for a belt in the 140-pound class. Guzman’s previous reigns were plagued by problems making the mandatory weight limit.
Despite the weight issues, Guzman has never lost a fight. The native of the Dominican Republic is 33-0-1 with one no contest and 20 knockouts. Guzman signed a promotional deal with Acquinity last year.
“We are very proud of him and the dedication he has shown since he joined us,” Rivalta said. “We know it’s going to be a tough fight. But we believe Guzman is the overall better fighter.”
Allahkverdiev is 17-0-1 with eight knockouts. Although Allahkverdiev has fought the majority of his fights in his native Russia, he also has fought three matches at the Seminole Hard Rock Live Arena in Hollywood.
Guzman and Allahkverdiev will fight for the belt Marcos Maidana vacated when he moved up to the welterweight division.
The Nov. 30 card also will feature Hollywood resident and rising welterweight contender Ed Paredes in an undercard bout. The boxing show will start at 4:30 p.m. with the concert scheduled to begin approximately six hours later.
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Belts on the line
Nonito Donaire will attempt to remain among the sport’s best pound-for-pound fighters and defend his twin junior-featherweight belts Saturday.
Donaire, a native of the Philippines, will risk his International Boxing Federation and World Boxing Organization titles against Japan’s Toshiaki Nishioka in Carson, Calif.
“Every fight makes you stronger; every fight makes you smarter,” Donaire said in a recent conference call. “I know I am a better fighter going into this fight because of the tough fights I have had.”
Donaire (29-1, 18 KOs) has previously held titles in the flyweight, junior bantamweight and bantamweight divisions. He said he plans to remain in the 122-pound class for another year before pursuing another title as a featherweight.• Former WBO junior-featherweight champion Wilfredo Vazquez Jr., scored a seventh-round TKO over Jonathan Oquendo late Saturday in Bayamon, Puerto Rico. Vazquez is now 22-2-1 with 19 knockouts.
On the same card, Moises Fuentes retained his WBO minimum title with a fifth-round TKO over former champion Ivan Calderon.