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West Coast Braces For "Southern Disaster" At HP Pavilion ESPN2 Main Event

by Staff Writer / San Jose Sharks
HP Pavilion, normally the site of the “Fight Night At The Tank” professional boxing series, will host a special night of boxing to be televised on ESPN2’s “Wednesday Night Fights” on June 28 presented by Goossen Tutor Promotions and HP Pavilion.


In the scheduled 12-round main event, the WBC Continental Americas Heavyweight Championship will be at stake as Dominick “The Southern Disaster” Guinn takes on Tony “The Tiger” Thompson in a battle, which will feature two world contenders in the heavyweight division.

The 31-year old, Joe Goossen-trained Guinn (26-3-1, 18 KOs) -- born in Arkansas but now training in Los Angeles, CA -- is coming off a very impressive win over former top 10 world heavyweight contender and Olympic Gold Medalist, Audley Harrison last April in what was viewed then as a springboard for Harrison to the heavyweight championship. After winning his first 24 fights – including a stunning TKO over world contender Michael Grant – Guinn won only one of his next five fights and his career as a future heavyweight title challenger was in jeopardy. However, with a lone KO win over Phil Jackson included among a draw against Friday Ahunanya and decision losses to 2-time heavyweight challenger Monte Barrett, current WBO Heavyweight Champion Sergei Lyakhovich and top-ranked contender and Goossen Tutor stablemate James “Lights Out” Toney, Guinn re-established his place among the top-tier heavyweights by defeating Harrison.

A native of Silver Spring, MD, Thompson (27-1, 17 KOs) has rattled off a streak of 23 consecutive wins since sustaining his only loss as a pro almost six years ago – a four-round decision to Eric Kirkland in just his fifth bout. Perhaps his most notable victory was a unanimous decision win over former #1 world contender Vaughn Bean, and he scored a fourth-round TKO against Maurice Wheeler in his most recent outing back in March.

“No question this is a big, big fight for both Dominick and Tony,” promoter Dan Goossen emphasized. “The winner launches himself right into the top of the world heavyweight title picture.”

“Credit ‘The Tiger’ for walking literally right into the ‘Shark Tank’ to face off with Guinn, who looks to recapture his stature as one of the preeminent heavyweights in the world today. There is absolutely no better action for the fans than bringing them two big Heavyweight Hitters.”

In the ESPN2 telecast co-feature, local favorite Jauquin Gallardo (17-4-1, 5 KOs) will be making his first appearance in front of the hometown crowd when he takes on hot undefeated light welterweight prospect Lorenzo Reynolds (14-0, 6 KOs) in a 10-round bout. Gallardo, coming off a unanimous decision victory against Juan Cervantes last month, looks to utilize his experience and pressure to beat his 22-year old southpaw from Saginaw, MI, who outpointed Arthur Brambila earlier this month.

The remainder of the undercard featuring some popular local fighters will be announced shortly. The ESPN2 “Wednesday Night Fights” telecast will air live at 7:00 pm (Pacific).

Tickets go on sale Monday, June 12 at 10 a.m. and are available at the HP Pavilion ticket office, Ticketmaster ticket centers, online at ticketmaster.com or by calling (408) 998-TIXS, (415) 421-TIXS or (510) 625-TIXS.
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