The fight started off with Gomez being the aggressor while establishing a rhythm. Granados did his best to box on his toes but Gomez’s pressure kept pinning him to the ropes. While there, Gomez impressively dug to the body, following it with a left hook upstairs, eventually opening a cut on the bridge of Granados’ nose. Gomez continued to capitalize his early lead by dropping Granados with a straight right hand at the end of round two.
When trying to carry his momentum from the end of the last round, Gomez came out looking for a big shot to put away his opponent. Granados fought smart and did his best to get through the round without taking any huge shots; however, he showed heart and that is always encouraging in a young prospect. In round four, Granados engaged Gomez, causing a war to break out. The two stood toe-to-toe but it was Granados who out-crafted Gomez.
As the two traded punches throughout the next few rounds, Granados often smothered Gomez’s punches or slipped them. Even with frustration mounting, the “Pitbull” continued barking with his fists to take most of the middle rounds. Gomez did well fighting in an opponent’s hometown where the vast majority supported Granados.
It was that crowd that cheered on Granados in the eighth and final round with loud chants of his name. Sensing that he needed at least a knockdown, Granados obliged Gomez by trading with him. Again, Granados got the better of these exchanges by countering and then clinching at the right time to disrupt Gomez’s game plan.
The bell rang as the both fighters were met with a roar of applause. Scores were met with boos but the 19-year-old Gomez deserved the decision. More importantly, the fight gave both young prospects a valuable experience and will help both fighters become better in the future.
In the future, Frankie Gomez will need to tighten up his defense and stop looping his punches if he wants to achieve the success that most people (and he) expect. Granados will have to work on not getting hit before countering and not letting his first professional defeat* get his spirits down.
For now, both fighters can and should rest. They gave the crowd a hell of a fight.
*On BoxRec.com, Granados’ record is 8-2-1 but his official record, according to FightFax, is 6-1-1.
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