New Faces: Eddie Gomez
Trainers: Eddie Gomez Sr., Jose Cotto Talavera
Worst night of pro career: Gomez considers his first appearance in Las Vegas his worst night. “Everything wasn’t in order from the time we got over there to my weight,” said Gomez. “It was a bad fight. I got tired in the fight, it was my first six-rounder. I was drained.” Even with all the problems, though, Gomez scored a wide unanimous decision over Roberto Lopez.
Next fight: “E-Boy” makes his premium network debut on Saturday on Showtime Extreme, the undercard of the Showtime quadrupleheader from Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. He fights Saul Benitez, a 1-2 junior middleweight from Arizona. Benitez is tall and lanky, but has a limited career.
Why he’s a prospect: Gomez is a decorated amateur, the 2010 N.Y. Golden Gloves champion. Promoted by Golden Boy Promotions and just 20 years old, he has great athletic ability and finishing power. Gomez is a boxer-puncher who has competed at both welterweight and junior middleweight and his fight on Saturday is at a catchweight of 150. Gomez is a slick fighter with good speed and educated foot movement for his age. Gomez said: “My talents speak for themselves.”
Why he’s a suspect: Gomez has boxed just 32 professional rounds and often relies on his athletic gifts. He hasn’t been remotely tested yet, with many of his opponents sporting under .500 records.
Story lines: Gomez is of Honduran descent and speaks fluent Spanish. He’s been boxing since he was eight and has been sparring with pros since he was 12. He started out at Juan Laporte boxing gym in the Bronx but now trains out of Betances Boxing Gym in the same New York City borough. His favorite fighters growing up were Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Oscar De La Hoya. When he’s not fighting, he says he barely watches boxing. He was in camp with Danny Garcia for this fight and sparred with THE RING junior welterweight champion, who rematches Erik Morales on Saturday. The affable Gomez enjoys Spanish food and his favorite dish is rice and chicken. Gomez says he easily makes weight and eats big meals the day before fights. He describes himself as a homebody, someone who can be content with not setting foot outside all day. Gomez plans to end the year at 12-0, with a fight lined up for the Miguel Cotto-Austin Trout undercard on Dec. 1. He also expects to be featured on ShoBox early next year.
Photos / Nick Laham-Golden Boy Promotions