UNDEFEATED Garifuna American Boxer EDDIE GOMEZ Is Scheduled To Fight FRANCISCO SANTANA on FRIDAY June 6th 2014

 

UNDEFEATED Garifuna American Boxer EDDIE GOMEZ From the Bronx is scheduled to fight FRANCISCO SANTANA on FRIDAY June 6th 2014.  Photo grid from Facebook.

UNDEFEATED Garifuna American Boxer EDDIE GOMEZ From the Bronx is scheduled to fight FRANCISCO SANTANA on FRIDAY June 6th 2014. Photo grid from Facebook.

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Indio, California — UNDEFEATED Professional Garifuna American Boxer EDDIE GOMEZ from the Bronx is scheduled to fight FRANCISCO SANTANA on FRIDAY June 6th 2014 at Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio, California.   The fight will air at 10pm EST in a ShoBox: The New Generation fight on the Showtime Cable Network.  From the looks of it, this ten-round fight will be Eddie Gomez’s toughest fight yet.

Mark E. Ortega of the Behind the Gloves website explained,

“The 21-year old Gomez (16-0, 10 knockouts) is one of the sport’s fastest risers. In January, he outpointed unbeaten Daquan Arnett at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, proving he’s ready and willing to take on all comers.”

Behind the Gloves continues, “Santana (19-3-1, 9 KOs) of Santa Barbara, Calif., has shown he has matured as a fighter in compiling a seven bout win streak dating back to a October 2011 defeat to unbeaten Jermell Charlo, a bout that also took place on ShoBox. Most of Santana’s recent bouts have hovered near the welterweight limit of 147 pounds.”

“ ‘It’s gonna be a helluva fight for sure,’ said Santana. ‘I like to come forward and Eddie is an explosive fighter.’ ”

“The 27-year old Santana has the edge in experience, having fought as a pro since 2005. Once a top prospect in the Goossen-Tutor Promotions stable, Santana’s career hit a dip when he lost twice to current junior welterweight contender Karim Mayfield. Their first encounter was a crazy six-round war that saw Mayfield nab a split decision. A year and a half later, Mayfield handed Santana his only stoppage defeat, though Santana maintains he wasn’t in the right place for that fight.”   1

This fight is the second ten-rounder of Eddie Gomez’s professional boxing career, the first was his fight against Daquan Arnett in January.   A Golden Boy Promotions press release on the fight explains:

“Hailing from the Bronx, N.Y., Eddie Gomez (16-0, 10 KOs) has done a lot in a short time thus far as a professional, following up a stellar amateur career with dominant victories over a high level of competition. In his last three bouts, the skilled boxer-puncher has defeated Luis Hernandez, Steve Upsher Chambers and Daquan Arnett, and he hopes to continue this stellar run with another big win on ShoBox.”

“Currently riding an impressive seven-fight winning streak, Santa Barbara’s Francisco Santana (19-3-1, 9 KOs) is expected to not just be Gomez’ toughest test to date, but a fighter with the potential to upset the unbeaten New Yorker. Owner of 2013 wins against Freddy Hernandez and Joachim Alcine, the 27-year-old will be looking to make it eight-in a row on June 6.”

Confident as ever, on Eddie Gomez’s Facebook profile, he says, “All I have to say is that he better be ready because I’m leaving California with the victory.”  — Eddie Gomez

UNDEFEATED Professional Boxer of Garifuna Descent, EDDIE GOMEZ is scheduled to Fight FRANCISCO SANTANA on FRIDAY June 6th 2014.  Illustration by Watch It Entertainment.

UNDEFEATED Professional Boxer of Garifuna Descent, EDDIE GOMEZ is scheduled to Fight FRANCISCO SANTANA on FRIDAY June 6th 2014. Illustration by Watch It Entertainment.

ABOUT Eddie Gomez

Eddie Gomez is a professional middleweight boxer signed to Golden Boy Promotions.  Currently undefeated, he has sixteen wins, no losses and ten knockouts.  His last fight took place in January 2014 against Daquan Arnett at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.  Noted for being signed to Golden Boys Promotions while still in High School, Mr. Gomez also scored the first knockout in this history of the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.  Born and raised in the Bronx, Eddie Gomez’s parents are both Garifunas from Honduras. Eddie Gomez’s father is from Santa Rosa de Aguan, Honduras and his mother is from Sangrelaya, Honduras.

ABOUT The Garifuna People

The Garifuna people are people of African descent (in other words, Black people) whose ancestry can be traced to Africans mixing with Carib Indians and Arawak Indians on the Eastern Caribbean island of St. Vincent.  From this fusion of race and ethnicities in St. Vincent Island, a distinct culture and language arose.  They are noted for being one of the few (only?) peoples of African descent (again, in other words, Black people) in the Americas to have maintained aspects of their ancestral culture and full use of their ancestral language for everyday use over the course of hundreds of years.

After being defeated in war with the British on St. Vincent in 1796; 1004 men,  1779 women and 1,555 children for a total of 4,338 people (mostly Black Caribs, as the Garifuna people were then known) were captured and taken to Baliceaux, a small island, a rock, basically, off the coast of St. Vincent.  This took place from July 1796 through February/March 1797.  About 2,000 Garifunas died of a mysterious and very infectious fever while living on Baliceaux awaiting their fate.   2

In early March 1797, the remaining Garifunas were loaded onto the HMS Experiment and other ships.  Once they were rounded up, the convoy were taken to a Bequia, which is another island off the coast of St. Vincent. They proceeded to go to Grenada to get water, then Jamaica for refueling, then finally Roatan, Honduras, arriving on April 12th 1797.

Finding much of Roatan unliveable, the Garifuna people petitioned officials representing Spain and it’s government (which controlled much of Central America at the time) to be allowed to move to the Honduran mainland.  Upon being allowed to move to the Honduran mainland, the Garifunas settled many towns and villages along the Caribean coast of Honduras.  They also migrated to the neighboring countries of Guatemala, Belize (then known as British Honduras) and Nicaragua over the years.

Notes:

  1. http://behindthegloves.com/news/eddie-gomez-to-face-francisco-santana-on-june-6-shobox/
  2. Nancie L. Gonzalez, “Sojourners of the Caribbean: Ethnogenesis and Ethnohistory of the Garifuna” pg. 21

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