Dominick “The Southern Disaster” Guinn Back and Ready for One More Shot! By Ken Hissner (Oct 28, 2009) DoghouseBoxing
Dominick Guinn was born in Hot Springs, Arkansas, and eventually moved to Houston, Texas. Guinn won the 1998 US Amateur heavyweight title setting the stage for his good friend Jermain Taylor from Little Rock who would make the 2000 Olympic team. Guinn was not so fortunate in losing to Calvin Brock in the Olympic trials. He had started boxing at age 9 and compiled a 291-31 record. He went to Northern Michigan University at 21, where Taylor also attended, but he left one year early along with Malik Scott of Philadelphia, to sign with Lou Duva and Shelly Finkel. He had bonded at NMU with teammates Vernon Forrest, DaVarryl Williamson, Teaunce Shepherd and Taylor. Philadelphia’s Al Mitchell ran the program.
Guinn turned pro in Las Vegas in June of 2000 and would reel off 6 straight knockouts of which 5 were in the 1st round. After a decision win he entered the ThunderBox Eight in February of 2001 stopping Marvin Hunt, 6-3, in the 4th round. The tourney promoted by Kushner did not last long due to lack of funds. He would continue to win 20 straight over boxers like Derek Berry, 7-1-1, Drexie James, 8-3, Wade Lewis, 11-2, Terry McGroom, 19-3-2, Otis Tisdale, 21-8-1 and Garing Lane, 21-29-2. Lane had been in with everybody. “He was tough, so I had to box him,” said Guinn. He would take a split decision in 8 rounds.
In spite of having 20 fights under his belt Guinn had not fought a 10 rounder yet. He was matched with Charles Hatcher, 15-3, in the 10 round main event at Stateline, Nevada. Guinn would stop his opponent in the 9th round. This took 3 years and he was then matched with Michael Grant, 38-2, who at 6:07 had a 4” height advantage and almost 40 pounds. He was also on a 7 fight knockout streak. This would be broadcasted over HBO. “It would be my largest payday to date,” said Guinn. I remember the fight well as Guinn tore into the taller Grant who was quite surprised by his opponents punching power. By the 7th round the referee waved the fight off in favor of Guinn. It looked like he finally arrived.
In September of 2003 he would be matched with the Nigerian Duncan Dokiwari, 22-1, in Buffalo, on a card with five heavyweight bouts. His friend DaVarryl Williamson would get stopped by Buffalo’s Joe Mesi in the main event. “I had seen Dokiwari fight 3 years previously. He was strong and would hold you,” said Guinn. He would easily win 7 or 8 rounds on the judge’s cards for his 23rd straight win. “Even though this was also on HBO I didn’t make near the money in my previous HBO fight,” said Guinn.
He would end the year with a 10 round decision over Derrick Banks, 20-10-1, in Houston. This is when problems over money would start as he signed to fight Monte Barrett, 29-3, in Little Rock in March of 2004. Main Events had gotten paid well and Guinn ended up with less than half of it. His mind set was not where it should have been and he lost a split decision and his unbeaten record after 24 straight wins.
He would follow up with a 1st round knockout over Phil Jackson, 44-12, and be matched with Sergey Lyakhovich, 21-1, both in Atlantic City. “I was dehydrated and from a scratched arm had a staff infection. I was advised not to fight but went ahead with it. I hurt him in the 6th but by the 8th round I was dead tired,” said Guinn. The fight would go the distance and only by 2 points and two of the judge’s cards, but another loss. Some 16 months later without taking another fight Lyakhovich would win the WBO title from Lamon Brewster.
“For a few years there I didn’t care about boxing,” said Guinn. He would struggle in the next couple of years winning and losing. In April of 2005 he fought to a draw with Friday Ahunanya, 20-3-1. “I thought I won that fight. I signed with Goosen after that and lost to James Toney, 68-4-2 for the IBA title,” said Guinn.
In 2006 it looked like he would be getting himself untracked when he defeated the former Olympic Gold medalist from the UK, Audley Harrison, 19-2, winning big. “I stayed in camp for that fight,” said Guinn. Next would be a loss to Tony Thompson, 27-1, in San Jose. “I left my fight in the gym. I was tired by the 3rd round,” said Guinn. He would win back to back fights and be matched on Showtime with another contender in “Fast” Eddie Chambers, 28-0, who was another Goosen boxer. Not only did he lose to Chambers, but another Philadelphia boxer in substitute Robert Hawkins, 22-10, with this one in British Columbia, Canada. “I wasn’t there in that fight and considered retiring,” said Guinn.
Guinn looked bad enough that 10 months later he would be brought back against one of Canada’s top boxer’s in Jean Francois Bergeron, 27-1. “I asked the Lord to take me there,” said Guinn. Two uppercuts near the end of the 2nd round and he had his opponent down and busted up. Though he got to his feet the referee wisely waved it off. The following month, in November of 2008, Guinn would travel to Madison Square Garden and meet the 301 pound Gabe Brown, 18-8-4, on the undercard of Roy Jones, Jr. and Joe Calzaghe. Guinn won every round.
It would be 6 months before Guinn would fight again, against an unbeaten and untested fighter named Johnnie White, 21-0, in Foxwoods Resort, Connecticut, in April of 2009. He and Tulsa, Oklahoma’s Alan Green, would be on the undercard of the Jermain Taylor and Carl Froch title card. Unfortunately for Taylor, only two of his fellow Oakie’s would win that night. Green in the 2nd and Guinn in the 1st after having White down two times the referee stopped it at the 2:01 mark.
With three straight wins under his belt the contenders are no longer knocking on his door. He has recently signed with Lou DiBella Entertainment. His trainer for the last three fights has been James Johnson. In the past he has had Ronnie Shields, Mark Breland and assistant Willie McCoy). The “Born Again” Guinn has a new outlook on his future at 34. When we first talked he was just coming in from his 14 year old’s son winning touchdown. “God is my Lord and Savior. He’s my redeemer,” said Guinn. It sounds like the Southern Disaster is about to set his career in another direction where many thought he was destined for.