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Guzman guns for Manchester Frampton steps up to six rounds Memorial for Louis

UNBEATEN Joan Guzman, from the Dominican Republic, will base himself in Manchester to train for his rematch with Ali Funeka for the vacant IBF lightweight title in Las Vegas on March 27.

The reason is that his trainer, Lee Beard, is from Manchester, and he thinks he will benefit from different types of sparring partners than he is used to in the States.

Guerrero quits to be with wife

ROBERT Guerrero has relinquished his IBF super-featherweight title to be with his wife, Casey, as she battles with leukaemia.

She is in hospital recovering from a bone marrow transplant.

The Californian announced his decision a week after being forced to pull out of his scheduled bout with Australia's Michael Katsidis.

Frampton steps up to six rounds

BELFAST super-bantamweight prospect Carl Frampton (4-0) will step up for his first scheduled six-rounder next Friday in Huddersfield.

Frampton is expected to make his hometown debut on the undercard to Paul McCloskey's European light-welterweight title defence at the King's Hall in May.

Yamaki (26) dies

JAPANESE flyweight Hirokazu Yamaki, 26, died in a Tokyo hospital on Monday, three days after suffering a brain injury during a bout with Toshimasa Ouchi.

Yamaki was rushed to hospital after being knocked out in the eighth round of the fight.

Memorial for Louis

AN 8ft bronze statue of the great Joe Louis was due to be unveiled this afternoon by his son, Joe Louis Barrow Jr, outside the Chambers County Courthouse in LaFayette, Alabama.

Quote of the week

"The easiest thing in the world would have been to climb through the ropes and fight again, but honesty has always been very important to me, and I am being honest to myself, to my family and to my fans with this decision"

- Bernard Dunne, announcing his retirement from boxing.