The last two years have been tough for Dominick Guinn, ironically nicknamed "The Southern Disaster", once thought to be one of the best up and comers on the American heavyweight scene. Since March of 2004, Guinn has only seen victory over such bit players as Audley Harrison and Phil Jackson while drawing with journeyman Friday Ahunanya and losing to top men James Toney, Sergei Lyakhovic and Monte Barrett. While Toney and Lyakhovic are or were world champions and Barrett may yet enjoy that same status in the near future, Guinn was thoroughly outclassed last night by well managed Was! hington DC southpaw Tony Thompson at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, CA.
Guinn, 26-4-1 (18), simply couldn't muster any kind of offensive strategy against the taller Thompson, 27-1 (17), as the southpaw used his reach advantage to thoroughly control the Arkansas man. For Thompson, it was a superb win that will likely lead to the type of high profile opportunities that had eluded the 34 year old until this fight.
But for Guinn, this showing raises serious concerns of his capabilities to continue at a serious level in the sport. Unbeaten in his first 24 appearances, "The Southern Disaster" needs to recapture the confidence that saw him to impressive wins over Michael Grant and Duncan Dokiwari in 2003.
At 31 years of age, there is still time for Guinn to turn things around but it has to happen now in his very next fight before the boxing business loses faith in this once impressive contender.