Dominick Guinn: Training Hard, Ready to Fight

By Francis Walker
Updated: April 29, 2007
NEW YORK — The night before “De La Hoya vs. Mayweather: The World Awaits” heavyweight contender Dominick Guinn (28-4-1, 19 KOs) will challenge unbeaten prospect Eddie Chambers (28-0, 16 KOs) to a 10-round fight.

The bout, promoted by Goossen-Tutor Promotions on Friday, at the Palms Hotel in Las Vegas, will be televised on “ ShoBox: The New Generation ” series starting at 11 PM/ET on Showtime.

“This is just another fight to prove why I am the future of heavyweight boxing,” Guinn told BASN during an exclusive interview.

Guinn, a 32-year old native of Houston, was sensational in his seventh-round TKO of the larger 6-foot-7, 250-pound Michael Grant several years ago. Guinn also earned a pair of impressive victories against Duncan Dokiwari (W 10) and 2000 Sydney Olympic gold medalist Audley Harrison (W 10).

However, Guinn came up short in decision losses to James Toney , Monte Barrett, and Sergui Liakhovich. Coincidentally, both Toney and Barrett received opportunities to fight for a world title and Liakhovich became a former WBO heavyweight champion after beating Guinn.

A fight with Chambers, an unbeaten 25 year-old from Philly, offers Guinn a golden opportunity to pace himself toward earning a world title shot. “I believe [this fight] will help and my credibility,” Guinn said. “I’d beat a guy 28-0, never been down.”

Guinn is very confident that he will emerge victorious. He also has concerns heading into this fight. Since Chambers is seven years younger (25) and still unbeaten, Guinn is concerned that he may end up on the short-end of a decision if the fight lasts the full 10 rounds.
“He’s 28-0,” Guinn said of Chambers. “I’m the one with the four losses and a draw. I’m nervous I might not get the decision. I’m not saying that the judges are against me. I definitely have to work harder than Chambers.”

“I just have to go out there and win the fight convincingly. I’m just ready to fight like it’s a dog fight. I have to fight like it’s my last fight. I have to make it a war.”

Styles make fights. Chambers, a Philadelphia fighter is unbeaten. However, looking at the quality of opposition, Chambers realizes that he has to step-up to challenge some of the more recognizable names in a heavy-weight class.

Chambers is a boxer with improving power, as he has knocked out his last three opponents including Derrick Rossy in February. Guinn has a boxer-puncher’s style and will look to attack and pressure Chambers if the opportunity presents itself.

“He’s a counter puncher and I’m a counter puncher,” Guinn added. “I have power and decent speed. It’s going to be a good fight.”

Chambers is ranked 12th by the IBF and 13th in the WBO. Guinn eyes this fight as a golden opportunity to be ranked in the top 10 in at least two of the major sanctioning bodies. Once a champion has fulfilled his annual mandatory obligation, a heavyweight champion can fight anyone he chooses in the top-10.

As far as whether Guinn receives a title shot if he beats Chambers, “it’s up to you guys (the press),” he added. “I do this because; it’s what I love to do. What I love to do is fight. I put so much into it. I have a wife and kids, so I have to do this a little while longer. I know I’m going to look good in this fight.”

Guinn has tremendous respect for boxing’s current heavyweight champions and strongly feels that his belief in GOD will lead him to his goal of winning the world heavyweight championship.

“I’m tough,” Guinn said. “I’ve never been down. It’s just that God put me in the right place at the right time. I’m trying my best. If I fight for anything I know that I’m going to get it. When I do get the title shot and I do get the title, the only reason is because of God. If it wasn’t for God and glorifying God, I wouldn’t be where I am today.”

Overall, while Guinn believes that WBO champion Shannon Briggs is “very talented” and WBC champion Oleg Maskaev ‘s “days are numbered.” However, Guinn strongly believes that Wladimir Klitschko , the IBF champion is clearly the man to beat.

“Yes he is,” Guinn said of Klitschko. “I think he’s just that. He is the guy I look at when I see the heavyweight champion. Don’t get me wrong, he’s beatable. But he’s the heir apparent. I was called to go train with Wladimir Klitschko to help him prepare for Calvin Brock. But I was already committed to working with Evander Holyfield .”

Holyfield, a former four-time heavyweight champion, is one of the greatest fighters in boxing history. Holyfield is the only fighter to unify the WBC, WBA, and IBF cruiserweight and heavyweight championships.

Holyfield has defeated some of the greatest fighters in history: George Foreman , Larry Holmes , Mike Tyson , Dwight Muhammad Qawi , and had trilogies with both Riddick Bowe and John Ruiz to name a few.

Holyfield and Guinn shared a very intense training camp both physically and spiritually late last year.

“I know Holyfield is real deep and spiritual,” Guinn said. “Because of GOD we’re able to do this, but Holyfield doesn’t have anything else to prove. He’s just out to prove what he can do at 42 years old.”

Guinn valued the experience to train with Holyfield. Guinn, experienced first hand why Holyfield is 3-0 with 2 KOs during his successful comeback.

“I sparred with Holyfield everyday while we were working together,” Guinn said. “He’s a good mentor. I can listen to a guy who has done it all. You go into the gym and some guys will talk to you while working on the speed bag and talk while on the heavy bag”.

“Holyfield is a true professional. He busts his butt through the gym for about two hours before he starts talking to you. Holyfield is strictly business and concentrates on what he needs to do.”

Guinn is self-managed and has in his corner one of the best trainers in boxing. Ronnie Shields has worked with the very best including Mike Tyson , Pernell Whitaker, Jessie James Leija, Vernon Forrest, and David Tua among others. Shields brings a level of fight experience, teaching/coaching skills, and aggressive mental toughness that could perhaps give Guinn a clear edge.

Guinn is ready to battle as if it will be his last fight. Chambers is anxiously looking to take his career to the next level against a more experienced, very determined, and dangerous Guinn. Both fighters are looking to open the next chapter in what will be the next phase of their boxing careers.

De La Hoya vs. Mayweather Looms
“De La Hoya vs. Mayweather: The World Awaits” will occur on Cinco de Mayo (May 5th) from the MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas, NV . Oscar De La Hoya (38-4, 30 KOs) will defend the WBC super welterweight championship against undefeated Floyd Mayweather, Jr. (37-0, 24 KOs).

De La Hoya-Mayweather is more than a boxing match between two of the world’s best fighters. De La Hoya, having been boxing’s “Golden Boy” since turning professional since 1992, will challenge arguably the best fighter in the world (pound-for-pound) in “Pretty Boy” Mayweather.

“De La Hoya vs. Mayweather: The World Awaits” is an event of epic proportions. This fight is so big, approximately 3,500 tickets went on sale to the general public. Ticket prices, originally ranging from $150 to $2,000, have skyrocketed to as much as $25,000.

De La Hoya-Mayweather will be broadcast live on HBO Pay-Per-View at a suggested retail no less than $54.95 (tax and surcharges not included). In addition the fight can be seen on closed-circuit at the Mandalay Bay Resort and the MGM Grand in Las Vegas .