It is a steep fall. Once upon a time, Guzman got some pound-for-pound love. He once was a candidate to face current pound-for-pound king Manny Pacquiao. At the lighter weights, he was a knockout artist; at the higher weights, he was too fast and too skilled for most everyone. But then he kept not bothering to make weight, and it never even helped matters for him to move up a new division because he would fail to make weight there, too, such as in his last bout at 141 where he came in at 144.
Guzman's professional demise fills me with both remorse and satisfaction. His lack of dedication robbed us of the chance to see how good he could really be. There's little more frustrating in the sports world than to see an athlete with all the gifts in the world take them for granted, especially when there are so many lesser-talented men out there overachieving because they burn with desire for boxing; even if Guzman never maximized his talent, he'd still be better than all of those men. But Guzman went one worse than "never maximized his talent" -- he flat-out sabotaged it. That talent kept getting him chances that others wouldn't have, and every chance he got for the last several years, he blew it.
There has finally been some cosmic retribution for the people Guzman screwed over along the way. When Guzman showed up overweight for his bout with Nate Campbell and refused to fight on despite Campbell's willingness to do so in order to get a paycheck, it was the final straw that forced Campbell to file for bankruptcy. When Guzman showed up a whopping nine pounds overweight for his rematch with Ali Funeka, it helped Guzman absorb the blows that hurt him the first time around and triggered a tailspin for Funeka's career. Guzman can't undo the damage he did to those men, both of whom showed more bravery and dedication than Guzman ever did by a long shot. But at least he doesn't get to flourish while they suffer as a result of his misdeeds.
Wasted talent isn't original to boxing. Who among us really is living up to their full potential? But Guzman was a special case. He had so much and he gave so little, and what's worse, took plenty away from others. It's good that he has most likely run out of chances. But it's also rather sad.
he will fight in the future i garantee you that.. regardless of everything. i keep in touch with him.
I dont think its simply lack of discipline. I believe it has something to do with his body metabolism. Whatever regimen he does, he keeps piling on those pounds. The deuretics he took is his deperate attempt to reduce his weight.
He has a fat mans arm in that photo. And honestly has it ever been a good decision for a dude to wear tassles. Talent means precisely dick all without the will to apply it. I mean theoretically he could be the greatest boxer that ever lived. The current crop of heavyweights is rife with talented but slovenly individuals who discover that there talent amounts to nothing when they get in the ring with the Klitschko brothers. Kevin Johnson is fighting a dude who is like 13-15-6 this weekend after his lesson. Chris Areolla has had a lot of chances. Odlanier Solis will probably be the next example. Sam Peter dedicated himself but only once it was too late.
Don't forget he only fought once in 2007 and 2008 due to promotional/ managerial problems or whatever it was. Two blown opportunities to make a real splash (Soto withstanding). More blown chances in your prime. You hit right on head with lack of professionalism. That discipline is step 1 and entire foundation of being considered employable much less a true champion . There are a number of high school ballers hyped for so called talent that never make it to NBA. What's difference between this guy and those teenagers, difference being this guy was being hyped as "up and comer" when he was 30 not 18. I could care less.