Looking In The Mirror

By Tom Donelson
Updated: January 8, 2008

IOWA CITY, Ia. — There is a time in every fighter career where a fighter needs to look in the mirror and simply say, “It is time to quit.” Dominick Guinn is at that point in his career. After his most recent lost to Robert Hawkins, Guinn has now lost six of his last 11 fights with one draw.

11 fights ago, Guinn was ready to take his place among the heavyweights elites but a lost to Monte Barrett provided Guinn with his first roadblock and from there, it has been one more roadblock after another roadblock and now Guinn is now just another opponent for other young fighters to pad their resumes.

He is no longer a heavyweight contender.

His loss to Robert Hawkins showed all of the problems that have infested Guinn’s career. Evander Holyfield once observed ringside of a Guinn fight, “You know what the guy is going to do.”

Guinn became a predicable fighter and he never changed strategy for a fight and never seemed to progress from his early days. The first round, he threw 60 plus punches, very active for a heavyweight, but after that he reverted to form. Hawkins outhustled Guinn repeatedly.

He failed to use his height and jab to its utmost advantages; simply fighting Hawkins on the inside. Hawkins threw punches after punches while Guinn waited to deliver the knockout punch. The knockout punch that never came.

Round after round, Hawkins simply threw more punches and Guinn played defense. His passive style once again cost him victory over an inferior opponents.

On September 26, 2003, Guinn defeated Duncan Dokiwari in a battle of up and coming heavyweights. This fight was Guinn at his best as he out boxed the bigger Nigerian fighter and his power was enough to turn the tide.

That fight was Guinn’s high water point as he appeared on the doorstep of an heavyweight championship. His lost to Barrett began his downward spiral and from this point, Guinn began a career of jump starting his career in his next fight.

After Barrett, he came back to beat Phil Jackson before losing to another up and coming fighter- Serguei Lykahovich. Lykahovich upset Guinn and then went on to upset Lamon Brewster to win a share of the Heavyweight title.

Guinn saw another opportunity to fight for a share of the title down the drain.

A draw with Friday Ahunanya, a lost to James Toney and Tony Thompson derailed Guinn further and then last May; heavyweight prospect Eddie Chambers gave him yet another boxing lesson.

That fight proved decisive as Guinn found himself the old warhorse fighting the young gun on the way up. He is now at that crossroad of his career. His lost to Hawkins essentially ended Guinn as a legitimate contender and now he faces a crisis.

From this point, Guinn will be nothing more than opponent and the question facing Guinn, is it worth the pain that boxers suffer to be nothing but an opponent? Main event will be less and less as his only chance of the main drawing card will be the opponent of another up and coming American heavyweight.

Guinn is a career of missed opportunities and missed big paydays. He had talent but something in his makeup didn’t allow him to make that next step. As a boxer-puncher, Guinn had the skills to fight different fights against different fighters.

Instead, he became satisfied with what he had and never moving forward; he doomed himself to merely being average when superstardom was just over horizon. The image in the mirror is telling Guinn, it is time to go.