Joan Guzman Out-Hustles Ali Funeka in Rematch - Boxing Report with Photos
By German Villasenor (March 28, 2010) Doghouse Boxing (Photos © German Villasenor)  
In a match which only South Africa’s Ali Funeka, 30-3-3 (25), could win the IBF lightweight belt, since his opponent, former two-time world champion Joan Guzman, failed badly to make weight, it would be the much bigger (weight-wise) Guzman- who used his defensive wizardry and sharp punching- who netted the victory in
their rematch.

Guzman, 30-0-1 (17), was quick on his feet, obviously stronger than the much taller Funeka, manhandling and turning him and scoring hard shots from the onset.

A jolting shot to the temple sent Funeka down hard in the sixth frame, but he managed to get to his feet and worked well enough to stay in the fight and keep things interesting. Still, Funeka remained a step or two behind for the rest of the fight en route to a 116-111, 114-113 (for each fighter) split decision loss.

On the undercard, super middleweight Daniel Jacobs moved his record to 19-0 with 16 KOs by dropping an outgunned Jose Rodriguez, 20-5 (12), twice in the first round, before the ringside doctor advised the referee to call the fight after the round ended.

Super welterweight Diego Chaves, 14-0 (12), cut up a tough Edvan Dos Santos, 10-9-1 (7), over the right eye on his way to winning a 59-55, 60-54 and 58-56 unanimous decision.

Southpaw Omar Figueroa, 9-0 (8), hurt his left hand in the second round, teeing off against a game Edgar Portillo, 6-4-1 (4), en route to a 60-54 and 58-56 (twice) unanimous decision in a super lightweight outing.

Super welterweight Jermell Charlo, 11-0 (5), had his hands full with herky-jerky Gerardo Prieto, 6-9-1, through an entertaining eight-round bout. Prieto was down from a body shot in the eighth round. Scores were 80-71 and 79-72 (twice).

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