BROOKLYN, N.Y. — Bronx junior middleweight Eddie Gomez used consecutive left hooks to rock and stop rival Javier Gomez, of Tijuana, Mexico, in just 87 seconds at Barclays Center on Saturday night.
In victory, Eddie Gomez rose to 13-0 with his ninth knockout, and Javier Gomez fell to 14-11 with 10 knockouts. Javier Gomez tried to rise and continue, but referee Arthur Mercante Jr. had seen enough and wrapped the beaten fighter in his arms.
In an earlier bout, Staten Island light heavyweight Marcus Browne (3-0, 3 KOs) scored an early knockdown before cornering and hammering Cincinnati’s Josh Thorpe (1-3) into submission for a first-round knockout. Read the report here.
Eddie Gomez and Browne fought on Saturday night’s undercard to a main event featuring 48-year-old former RING light heavyweight and middleweight champ Bernard Hopkins challenging IBF 175-pound titleholder Tavoris Cloud.
Hopkins-Cloud marks only the second-ever boxing event at Barclays, with the third scheduled for April 27 and to feature the live Showtime telecast of a defense by RING, WBA and WBC junior welterweight champion Danny Garcia (25-0, 16 KOs) against former titleholder Zab Judah.
Earlier, Brooklyn junior middleweight Frank Galarza (9-0-1, 5 KOs) dropped his man twice in the second and final round of a knockout over Guillermo Ibarra (7-2, 4 KOs), of Los Mochis, Mexico. View the report here.
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