Joseph Diaz, who has flashed strong form early on as a professional in building a 5-0 (3) record, faces Luis Cosme, 8-2-1 (3), in a six-rounder. Gomez says of the southpaw from El Monte, California, “He was one of the top amateurs and I really like his style. He’s very, very good. He’s coming along nicely. This here is a building stage and everything that he’s showing, he’s got great balance; he’s got a lot of power; he’s starting to sit down a little more on his punches and he’s been doing great.”
Early on, Diaz looks very comfortable without the headgear and utilizing smaller gloves. He has the look of a seasoned fighter, not a skittish young boxer still looking to acclimate himself as a professional.
“Because of his balance, he’s got very good balance and he’s starting to sit down a little more on his punches,” said Gomez of the southpaw. “Even when we saw him in the Olympics, we were watching him and scouting him. We knew that he was one of the guys we wanted to go after because he’s got such great footwork and balance.”
The last time Terrell Gausha, 4-0 (2), was in action, he was looking up at the lights of the Alamodome after being decked by William Waters early on in San Antonio back on April 20th in support of Saul Alvarez vs. Austin Trout. He eventually battled back to win a four-round decision.
Gomez says, “He’s an aggressive fighter and he’s just going to be an exciting guy.”
This can be a good and bad thing. This early on in the process, fledgling fighters aren’t really supposed to be getting off the canvas to win fights. The 25-year-old from Cleveland, Ohio takes on Julio Garcia, 6-4 (3).
Perhaps the most gifted U.S. Olympian is junior middleweight Errol Spence, who has been very impressive in his first six outings. He seems to have all the attributes for professional success. Spence has the look of a blue-chipper.
“He’s probably the most talented and I really like him a lot,” said Gomez, who matched Spence with Eddie Cordova, 4-4-1 (1), and gave him incredibly high praise, adding, “I’ve said this a couple of times; he reminds me of a young Sugar Ray Leonard. The only thing is that he’s a lefty. But he really has all the tools and he’s very, very good.”
The original main event of this card was supposed to be a step-up fight for junior welterweight Frankie Gomez, who was to have faced savvy veteran DeMarcus Corley. But Gomez pulled out of this assignment with a knee injury. It’s a disappointing setback for the “Pit Bull,” who has been beset by several issues throughout his somewhat troubled career.
“Look, obviously, he’s hurt. We got a doctors notice and you don’t want to hear that when you have a main event set up and the guy gets hurt,” said Gomez, who sounded frustrated by the situation. “For a promoter, it’s always a bad thing and you have to switch things around and this and that. But I just wish I would’ve known sooner about it because from what I understand, he was injured before we got the news before we found out.
“And we got it from a third party who has nothing to do with Frankie Gomez at all. That’s how I found out. I got it from a third party. I wish I would’ve got the information right when it happened. But he’s going to be out for awhile and we just hope he has a speedy recovery.”
Gomez, who is suffering from a bad knee, frustrated trainer Freddie Roach by not getting an MRI in a timely fashion (Roach even offered to pay for it). There are still questions about Gomez’s motivation and love for the game. You just get the sense that boxing isn’t a particular passion of his.
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