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Brooklyn, New York — Professional UNDEFEATED Garifuna American Boxer Eddie Gomez (Fifteen Wins, Zero Losses, Ten Knockouts) from the Bronx is scheduled to fight Daquan Arnett on Thursday, January 30th 2014 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The fight is arguably the biggest challenge in Eddie Gomez’s professional boxing career.
The fight is scheduled as a ten round welterweight fight. Professional Boxer Daquan Arnett is a Top Prospect and is also undefeated. Mr. Arnett has Eleven Wins and Zero losses with Seven knockouts. He is from Winter Park, Florida; which is near Orlando.
The main event of the evening is a WBA International Welterweight Championship fight between Victor Ortiz and Luis Collazo.
Eddie Gomez’s last fight was a TKO against Steve Upsher Chambers on August 19th 2013. Daquan Arnett’s last fight was a victory against Miguel Zuniga on June 1st 2013.
What makes this fight intriguing is the personal history between Mr. Gomez and Mr. Arnett. They fought each other as amateurs many years ago. Mr. Gomez explained that they fought each other as amateurs in 2007. When asked, Mr. Daquan Arnett remembered their previous fight taking place around 2004. Anyway, according to Mr. Eddie Gomez that fight took place at the Ringside National Tournament in Kansas City. Eddie Gomez won that amateur fight against Daquan Arnett. In fact, Eddie Gomez knocked down Daquan Arnett three times.
While both of these 21 year old fighters are very different fighters now compared to when they previously fought as children; perhaps Mr. Arnett will be looking for revenge. Both fighters are ambitious and are looking for a victory so that they can shed their Top Prospect status and become Title Contenders. Below are the announced weights of both fighters at their weigh-in on WEDNESDAY, January 29th 2014,
EDDIE GOMEZ: 147.2 LBS.
DAQUAN ARNETT: 148.6 LBS.
Mr. Eddie Gomez has many people in his corner. From New Yorkers, Bronx residents, boxing fans as well as professional boxers themselves. At the press conference announcing this boxing match a few weeks ago; Bernard Hopkins, who last year defeated Tavoris Cloud for the IBF light heavyweight champion of the world becoming the oldest man in recorded boxing history to win a recognized world boxing championship at age 48, talked about his personal history with Mr. Gomez.
Despite being the co-promoter of this fight, Mr. Hopkins talked about his personal friendship with Mr. Gomez and how he considers Eddie Gomez a top fighter. Mr. Hopkins told of how honored he was to walk with Eddie Gomez to the ring holding up the flag of “his people” during a previous fight. I am not sure if Mr. Hopkins was referring to the Honduras flag or the Garifuna flag, but the respect and reverence expressed by Mr. Hopkins is noteworthy.
If you are not going to the fight in person so that you can see it LIVE, you can watch the fight on FOX SPORTS 1. FOX SPORTS 1 can be found on:
Optimum Channel — 99/769 HD
Verizon FIOS Channel — 83/583 HD
DIRECTV Channel — 219
DISH Network Channel — 150
Those interested in buying tickets to tonight’s (THURSDAY, January 30th 2014) fight can go to the Barclays Center website. www.barclayscenter.com
The Barclays Center is located at:
620 Atlantic Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11217
Subway: 2, 3, 4 or 5 train to the Atlantic Avenue Subway Stop
D, N and R Train to Atlantic Avenue/Pacific Street Subway Stop
B or Q Train to Atlantic Avenue Subway Stop
C Train to Lafayette Ave Subway Stop
G Train to Fulton Street Subway Stop
LIRR Trains to Atlantic Terminal
Born and raised in the Bronx, Eddie Gomez’s parents are both Garifuna from Honduras. Eddie Gomez’s father is from Santa Rosa de Aguan, and his mother is from Sangrelaya, Honduras. Beinggarifuna.com wishes the best to Eddie Gomez on his fight tonight. When the dust settles, I hope he is standing victorious and closer to an opportunity to fight for a championship.