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Gomez and Kamegai set for potential barn burner on Fox Sports 1

By John J. Raspanti

Tonight on FOX 1 Sports and Fox Deportes, perennial contender Alfonso Gomez (24-6-2, 12 KOs) will battle Yoshihiro Kkamegai (25-2-1, 22 KOs) at the Fantasy Springs Casino, in Indio, California.
 
Competing in the hit TV show "The Contender" 11 years ago brought Gomez fame, if not fortune. Gomez was one of 16 contestants vying for a million dollars. By the end of the tournament he was ranked third, not bad for a guy who some thought wouldn’t make it out of the first round.
 
Gomez’s career since the show ended has been filled with ups and downs. He ended the boxing life of two-time champion Arturo Gatti in 2007. The victory earned him a shot at Miguel Cotto’s welterweight belt. Cotto brutalized Gomez, knocking him down three times en route to a fifth round stoppage. Gomez picked up the pieces of his wounded career and won his next five fights.

He won a technical decision over Jesus Soto Karas, and stopped both Jose Luis Castillo and Calvin Green. Gomez challenged Saul "Canelo" Alvarez for the super welterweight title in 2011, but was stopped in six. Gomez stayed away from boxing for a year before returning to face prospect Shawn Porter.  Considered nothing more than an opponent for Porter, Gomez gave the young undefeated boxer a tough scrap--losing a hard-fought decision. The decision was booed lustily by the crowd.
 
After a nearly two year layoff, Gomez returned to the ring to face Ed Paredes in Las Vegas, NV. 
 
The 34-year-old Gomez easily won the fight by unanimous decision. 
 
Kkamegai, 32, engaged in an epic brawl with two-division champion Robert "The Ghost" Guerrero last June in what many experts called the "Fight of the Year." Given little chance of upseting the gritty Guerrero, Kkamegai engaged in toe-to-toe warfare, taking three punches to land one.
 

The hard-hitting welterweight has produced 22 knockouts in his 25 victories. He returned to the ring six months after his scrap with Guerrero and stopped Oscar Goday in four rounds.

 

Gomez and Kkamegai rarely take a step back. Kkamegai hits harder, but Gomez is more accurate.

 

This bout has "action packed" and "dynamic" written all over it.     



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