(with VIDEO) Professional Garifuna-American Boxer EDDIE GOMEZ Defeats DAQUAN ARNETT in Unanimous Decision at Brooklyn’s BARCLAYS CENTER on THURSDAY January 30th 2013. Remains UNDEFEATED!!!

Professional Garifuna American Boxer EDDIE GOMEZ Triumphant Once Again.  Photo by Maddle Meyer for Getty Images.

Professional Garifuna American Boxer EDDIE GOMEZ Triumphant Once Again after Defeating Daquan Arnett in their Fight at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on THURSDAY January 30th 2014.  Photo by Maddie Meyer for Getty Images.

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Brooklyn, New York — In a competitive, entertaining and enlightening fight, Professional Garifuna-American Boxer EDDIE GOMEZ from the Bronx outpointed Florida Boxer DAQUAN ARNETT, winning their Ten Round Welterweight Bout at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn by Unanimous Decision.  Their fight was a co-feature in the Victor Ortiz and Luis Collazo main event.  In this noted battle of Top Prospects, Mr. Eddie Gomez emerged victorious and remains UNDEFEATED (16 Wins, 0 Losses, 10 Knockouts) in a noteworthy event taking place during Super Bowl week in New York City.

Boxers Daquan Arnett (Red Gloves) and Eddie Gomez (White Gloves)  fighting at The Barclays Center in Brooklyn on THURSDAY, January 30th 2014.  Photo by Ed Mulholland for USA Today Sports.

Garifuna-American Boxer Eddie Gomez (White Gloves) hits Boxer Daquan Arnett (Red Gloves) during their fight at The Barclays Center in Brooklyn on THURSDAY, January 30th 2014. Photo by Ed Mulholland for USA Today Sports.

 

While Eddie Gomez continued hitting Daquan Arnett with a barrage of powerful punches throughout the evening; Daquan Arnett stood his ground and put up a heck of a fight, despite being knocked down in the seventh round.  This was the first ten rounder for both of these young (both boxers are 21 years old) boxers and this fight was the first where each had gone the distance (full ten rounds).  It appears that the length of the fight affected both fighters as each appeared tired in the later rounds.

According to the Graphic of Fight Statistics shown after the fight, Eddie Gomez threw 421 punches and connected 154 times at a rate of 37 percent.  Daquan Arnett threw 423 punches and connected 99 times at a rate of 23 percent.

Fighting Statistics for the Eddie Gomez versus Daquan Arnett fight on THURSDAY January 30th 2014 at The Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

Fighting Statistics for the Eddie Gomez versus Daquan Arnett fight on THURSDAY January 30th 2014 at The Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

This fight demonstrated that Eddie Gomez is the better and more complete fighter with a promising future.  The judges (Tony Paolillo, Waleska Roldan and Don Trella) scored the fight as follows;  98-91, 97-92, and 97-92.  The referee was Ricky Gonzalez.

Entrance to The Barclays Center in Brooklyn.  Photo by Teofilo Colon Jr.  All Rights Reserved.

Entrance to The Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The January 30th 2014 fight between Eddie Gomez and Daquan Arnett is advertised.  Photo by Teofilo Colon Jr. All Rights Reserved.

 

Born and raised in the Bronx, Eddie Gomez is a top prospect in boxing.  He is noted for signing with Golden Boy Promotions while still in high school.  Mr. Eddie Gomez scored the FIRST official knockout at the Barclays Center with his victory over Saul Benitez on October 20th 2012.  Both his parents are Garifunas from Honduras.  His father is from the Garifuna town of Santa Rosa de Aguan in Honduras, and his mother is from the Garifuna town of Sangrelaya in Honduras.

Another view of the entrance to the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.  Photo by Teofilo Colon Jr.  All Rights Reserved.

Another view of the entrance to the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Photo by Teofilo Colon Jr. All Rights Reserved.

For those who have the time, take a look at the video and see the fight.  In a show of respect and healthy sportsmanship, after their tough fight, Eddie Gomez shook hands and hugged his opponent Daquan Arnett and also hugged people in Daquan Arnett’s corner.  THAT, my friends is a demonstration of Mr. Eddie Gomez’s character and shows that his parents raised him right.  Beautiful.  I don’t know if people would take heed of such an action due to the tough talk used prior to the fight to help build interest in the fight and to help sell it.  With so many events taking place in New York City due to the Super Bowl taking place in New Jersey/New York, you need any bit of marketing edge that you can use.

NOTE: The Super Bowl, the annual contest between the two top American Football teams competing for the American Football Championship takes place in the New York City/New Jersey area for the first time on SUNDAY February 2nd 2014.

Eddie Gomez and Daquan Arnett AFTER their fight at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on THURSDAY January 30th 2014.  Photo courtesy of Facebook.  Photo by UNKNOWN.

Eddie Gomez and Daquan Arnett AFTER their fight at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on THURSDAY January 30th 2014. Photo courtesy of Facebook. Photo by UNKNOWN.

Prior to the fight, their was a brief performance by Garifuna Singer Musician COCOMAN where he performed his rendition of the song Garinagu Wagia (“We Are Garifunas” in the Garifuna Language) and ROCKED Brooklyn, and by extension–New York City.   You can see that in the video below, although it is hard to tell visually in the video due to distance.  With the many people in the ring, it’s hard to tell who is who in the video.  Nevertheless, this expression of Garifuna Pride is welcome and hopefully helps spread awareness of Mr. Gomez’s ethnic heritage and of the Garifuna ethnic group. With the ability to watch the fight on cable television, I’m sure that this fight was an event Garifuna people in particular will never forget. Did you hear the cheers for Eddie Gomez as he was introduced to the audience?  Did you hear the steady stream of cheers for Eddie Gomez throughout the fight?   Based on the timeline of my Facebook feed, MANY people saw the fight.  I hope this is reflected in the ratings.

A hearty Buidumebei (“Congratulations/Success” in the Garifuna Language) to Mr. Eddie Gomez on winning his fight against Daquan Arnett on THURSDAY January 30th 2014.

An earnest Inebesei (“Respect” in the Garifuna Language), to Eddie Gomez and his camp, that group of people who help guide and support Mr. Eddie Gomez as he pursues his goal of a boxing championship.  With many young black men getting caught up in street nonsense, it’s lovely to see this young man stay on the right track and live up to his potential and obvious talent.  From Trainer Jose Cotto Talavera, Strength and Conditioning Coach Mike Spiegel, Eddie Gomez Sr, Mr. Maldonado, Devon Mitchell, Bamba, Cocoman, 92 Promotions, and many more.

It’s that collection of varied ethnicities, this crew of folks who have Mr. Eddie Gomez’s back that continues to serve as an inspiration and a demonstration of the alliances necessary to become a success in this world.  It’s that United Nation-esque contingent of people which helped prompt me to salute Mr. Eddie Gomez last October at the Salute to Garifuna Youth ceremony which took place at the Screening of the independent film, GARIFUNA IN PERIL on October 2nd 2013 in Manhattan.  At that screening, Mr. Eddie Gomez talked about how he knows he has a long road ahead of him, but that he is committed to working hard to achieve that goal of a boxing championship.  E-boy (as he is affectionately known) is an ambitious and disciplined young man with the right crew around him.   Again, INEBESEI.

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