Nate Campbell vs Joan Guzman Preview - Prediction and Odds
By Brad Marchetti, Doghouse Boxing (Sept 12, 2008) DoghouseBoxing.com  
The winner of the much anticipated showdown between Nate Campbell vs Joan Guzman will be the front-runner to the lightweight boxing championship. The 12-round SHOWTIME undercard bout will be followed by the lightweight championship bout main- event of Joel Casamayor vs Juan Manuel Marquez. Juan Manuel Marquez has long been regarded as a top pound-4-pound fighter with his precision boxing skills and power. Joel Casamayor most recently showed some power of his own in a devastating KO win over top-contender Michael Katsidis. Their has been bad blood spilling over in the
pre-fight hype of this Cuban vs Mexican battle that is sure to satisfy boxing fans need for violence. The boxing betting odds for Nate Campbell vs Joan Guzman favor Guzman at 2-1.

Jacksonville, FL native Nate Campbell is the #1 ranked lightweight in the world coming off the biggest win of his 8-year career against Juan “Baby Bull” Diaz. Campbell is a bully that can fight both inside or outside. Blessed with KO power in either hand, Campbell can put a man’s lights out with one shot to the temple. Although Campbell has fluctuated from 130-138 lbs. he is now a very well-conditioned 135. “The Galaxxy Warrior” has linked up with Don King and he has increased the intensity of his training regime in recent bouts. Nate knows how to use both his offense and defense to create counterpunching opportunities. Campbell occasionally has lost focus in the ring and has been KO’D twice but he is always a tough cookie that stays game throughout. Campbell is long, armed and athletic but he is running a little high on mileage after so many wars at age 36. The boxing betting odds OVER\UNDER for Nate Campbell vs Joan Guzman is at 11.5 rounds with the OVER at -275.

The Dominican Guzman, 28-0, 17 KO’s, is the #2 rated fighter at 130 Lbs and will be making his first apperance at 135 Lbs. against Campbell. Guzman has fought most of his career at 126 Lbs. but he has developed physically into a shredded specimen that should handle the jump in weight easily. Guzman is a rare talent that has Floyd Mayweather Jr. like counterpunching ability with his defensive shoulder rolls, slips and blocks. Guzman is a ring general that makes full use of the squared circle with his excellent agility. Guzman has been dubbed “Little Tyson” because of his good power but he is more of a master boxer with explosiveness. Joan possess some of the fastest hands in the business and is very oily on defense. Guzman can also fight on the inside, bodypunching effectively, but Guzman is at his best when he works off of his sneaky left jab. The knock on Guzman is that he likes to party outside the ring which is common among superbly gifted fighters. Despite the whispers about his training, Guzman has displayed excellent stamina. Joan has remained undefeated in his 11-year pro career against stiff competition and is coming off an impressive decision win over top contender Humberto Soto. Guzman has not KO’d a fighter since 2004.

Look for Campbell to try an turn this fight into a war. Guzman has been working with a good training fit in Floyd Mayweather Sr. Guzman will need to be very slick to beat Campbell who can do a little bit of everything. Guzman will be moving up in weight, but, he looks like his frame can handle it. This is really a 50\50 bout with Guzman’s youth and speed up against Campbell’s power and grit.

Nate Campbell vs Joan Guzman Preview Tale-Of-The-Tape

Nate Campbell

Boxing Betting Odds:
+165

Ht. 5'7
Wt. 135
Age: 36
Reach: 72
Stance: Right-Handed
Style: Puncher\Boxer

Joan Guzman

Boxing Betting Odds:
-205

Ht. 5'7
Wt. 130-135
Age: 32
Reach: 67
Stance: Right-Handed
Style: Slick Counterpuncher

Nate Campbell vs Joan Guzman Preview Brad Marchetti 1-10 Power Ratings

Nate Campbell

*Power: 8 (* indicates x200%)
Size: 6
Speed: 7
Stamina: 8
Defense: 8
Chin: 7
Cuts: 7
Heart: 9
Legs: 7
Jab\Reach: 7
In-Fighting: 8
Ring IQ: 7

Marchetti Rating: 9.7

Joan Guzman

*Power: 6 (* indicates x200%)
Size: 6
Speed: 9
Stamina: 8
Defense: 9
Chin: 8
Cuts: 9
Heart: 8
Legs: 10
Jab\Reach: 7
In-Fighting: 9
Ring IQ: 9

Marchetti Rating: 10.4.

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