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Freddie Roach-trained Frankie Gomez looks to soar vs. Vernon Paris


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Undefeated junior welterweight Frankie Gomez will be in his sixth consecutive fight under Freddie Roach when he faces once-beaten Vernon Paris Friday on FOX Sports 1 and FOX Deportes.

The 22-year-old Gomez (17-0, 13 knockouts) has scored knockouts in five of his past six fights, and will be after his third consecutive knockout win against Paris (28-1, 16 KOs).

“My first fight with Freddie Roach in the corner was against Manuel Leyva,” said Gomez, referring to a third-round stoppage victory in November 2012. “Being trained by Freddie has taught me to adapt to any fighters’ style. That’s one of the advantages of working with Freddie. In the gym, I see different styles.”

Paris has fought only twice since falling by ninth-round knockout to Zab Judah in March 2012 and was last in action for a unanimous decision over Manuel Perez in May 2013. He intends to knock out Gomez, who is “an average fighter,” according to trainer Kenny Johnson.

“That’s Vernon Paris’ trainer talking, but we will see tomorrow night in the ring,” said Gomez, who has benefited from workouts with WBO welterweight titleholder Manny Pacquiao and former beltholder Ruslan Provodnikov. “Sparring with Manny and Ruslan has taught me how hard I need to train to become a world champion.”

Coming off a second-round stoppage of Orlando Vazquez in April, Gomez knows that an impressive victory on Friday, perhaps by knockout, would raise his stock immensely.

“I don’t like talking bad about my opponents, but I’m ready to go the full 10 rounds,” said Gomez. “After the fight, I’ll get together with my team and I’ll discuss my future. I would aspire to fight the current champion at the time.”

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