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Gomez gets the better of Kamegai


By John J. Raspanti

Alfonso Gomez (25-6-2, 12 KOs) boxed and slugged his way to a hard-fought 10 round unanimous decision over aggressive Yoshihiro Kamegai (25-3-1, 22 KOs) Friday night at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, California.


Gomez, 34, was quicker and busier throughout the match.


In round one, he caught Kamegai, a southpaw, with a number of overhand rights. Kamegai worked the body—his thinking likely being that the 34-year-old Gomez would eventually run out of gas.   


Kamegai, 32, pressed the action in rounds two and three, but Gomez was busier. He pumped his jab and used his experience to keep Kamegai befuddled.


Gomez was deducted a point in round four by referee Raul Caiz Sr. for using his head to butt Kamegai.  

The Japanese fighter tried to press his advantage, but ran into a couple of snappy combinations.


Gomez continued to outbox Kamegai in rounds five and six. He used angles to pepper Kamegai—who seemingly had no answer for the cleverness that the veteran battler was displaying.  Gomez wasn’t hurting Kamegai, but he was pilling up the points.


Kamegai, undaunted, stalked Gomez. He landed a pretty good left in round seven—and seconds later a strong right. Was Gomez getting tired? Kamegai thought so.


In the next stanza, he tried to rally.  


Gomez held on.


Kamegai thumped him with punches, but near the end of the round, he tasted two sharp uppercuts from Gomez, reminding him that the Guadalajara, MX., resident wasn’t going anywhere.


Gomez used his legs in the last two frames. Kamegai pursued—and landed, but Gomez moved away and countered.


All three judges had Gomez winning the fight by a 98-91 margin.


Maxboxing and doghouseboxing scored the bout 97-92 for Gomez.

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