Last night in the US fight fans saw hard hitting Dominican Jonathan Guzman (21-0-0-1, 21) record his 21st stoppage victory as he stopped brave but out gunned Mexican warrior Daniel Rosas (20-3-1, 12) in 8 rounds. That bout was to decide the next opponent of Japan's slippery Shingo Wake (20-4-2, 12) [和氣 慎吾], in a bout for the now vacant IBF Super Bantamweight title.
As a result of Guzman's win he will now be facing Wake, at somne point over the coming months, for the IBF crown that was recently vacated by Carl Frampton, who has officially moved to Featherweight.
At the moment their seems to be no set time scale for the bout, though it's likely to come over the summer with the two teams, Kyoei on behalf of Wake and Al Haymon's team on behalf of Guzman, negotiating the best deal for their fighter. That could mean that the bout ends up in the US on a PBC show, like the Guzman Vs Rosas bout did, or end in Japan aired on TBS, who have invested in Wake's recent bouts.
Sadly for Wake it seems like the wait for his shot seems to never end and it's now almost 11 months since he won his IBF eliminator, easily out pointing Mike Tawatchai. Incidentally it does lead to questions regarding the IBF's rankings, with Rosas having an IBF ranking despite having lost 2 of his previous 5, and struggling in his 2 of his subsequent wins, with neither of those wins coming against fighters even close to world rankings. He appears to have moved into the rankings in February at the expense of Luis Rosa, who fought a Featherweight bout in January, however the Guzman bout was the first time Rosas had made 122lbs since his TKO loss to Rodrigo Guerrero, more than 2 years ago.
Whilst the ranking of Rosas is very questionable it's fair to say that Wake Vs Guzman will be a very good bout with the heavy handed Guzman bringing real fire power to the slippery movement and sharp punching of Wake and the bout really should get the winner a fair amount of attention as well as the IBF title.
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