UNDEFEATED Professional Boxer of Garifuna Descent, EDDIE GOMEZ Will Host PUBLIC Workout On THURSDAY May 29th 2014 in the Bronx. It Will Be FREE and OPEN To The Public.

 

UNDEFEATED Professional Boxer of Garifuna Descent, EDDIE GOMEZ signing autographs at a Meet-and-Greet / Public Workout in November 2012.  Photo by Teofilo Colon Jr.  All Rights Reserved.

UNDEFEATED Professional Boxer of Garifuna Descent, EDDIE GOMEZ signing autographs at a Meet-and-Greet / Public Workout in November 2012. Photo by Teofilo Colon Jr. All Rights Reserved.

 

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BRONX, New York:  UNDEFEATED Professional Boxer of Garifuna Descent, EDDIE GOMEZ will host a PUBLIC Workout in the Bronx on THURSDAY, May 29th 2014.  This workout will be FREE and OPEN To The Public.  Attendees will get a chance to watch Mr. Gomez’s workout, meet with him, be able to pose for photos and get a signed autographed picture of Mr. Eddie Gomez while supplies last.

UNDEFEATED Professional Boxer of Garifuna Descent, EDDIE GOMEZ signing autographs at a Meet-and-Greet / Public Workout in November 2012.  Photo by Teofilo Colon Jr.  All Rights Reserved.

UNDEFEATED Professional Boxer of Garifuna Descent, EDDIE GOMEZ signing autographs at a Meet-and-Greet / Public Workout in November 2012. Photo by Teofilo Colon Jr. All Rights Reserved.

The public workout will take place on THURSDAY, May 29th 2014 at 6:30pm at:

El Maestro’s Boxing Gym

1300 Southern Blvd

Bronx, NY 10459

SUBWAY: 2 or 5 Train to Freeman Street Subway Stop in the Bronx

BUS: BX 19

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This workout will be Eddie Gomez’s FINAL workout in New York City before he flies out to California for his fight against Francisco Santana on FRIDAY June 6th 2014.  That fight will air on the Showtime Cable Network at 10pm EST.

Here is video of some of a Public Workout that Eddie Gomez had in November 2012 at the same gym.

About El Maestro

The website to El Maestro explains that, El Maestro is also a Cultural and Educational Center located in the South Bronx.  It is named in honor of Puerto Rican Patriot, Don Pedro Albizu Campos (aka “El Maestro”) and is a center where all aspects of Puerto Rican culture, history and identity are nurtured, developed and made available to the community of New York City.

The mission of El Maestro is to preserve the identity, history and cultural legacies of the Puerto Rican Community for the benefit of our future generations and to the benefit of society and the world. Since its foundation, the center has been developing a series of events and activities, which focus on traditional and contemporary Puerto Rican cultural expressions such as music, dance and literature.

El Maestro Boxing Gym in the Bronx.  1300 Southern Boulevard, Bronx, NY 10459.  Photo by Teofilo Colon Jr.  All Rights Reserved.

El Maestro Boxing Gym in the Bronx. 1300 Southern Boulevard, Bronx, NY 10459. Photo by Teofilo Colon Jr. All Rights Reserved.

For Puerto Ricans, whose immigrant and settlement experience has been one of displacement rather than assimilation, the creation of community rooted institutions like the Cultural & Educational Center, El Maestro, has enabled some level of control over the immediate environment and, in the process, make it possible to rediscover and reconnect with Puerto Rican identity, history and cultural heritage. Institutions like El Maestro help stabilize and revitalize communities.

“El Maestro is a community endeavor to transform a social void into a valuable community space. Because El Maestro functions as a social and cultural center for the entire community, it is a safe environment where the whole family can safely socialize and participate in our ongoing programs and activities, while reinforcing the most valuable ties, which unite them. It is a haven for citizens of all ages, and an effective alternative to the streets.”   1

UNDEFEATED Professional Boxer of Garifuna Descent, EDDIE GOMEZ to Host FREE, PUBLIC Workout in the Bronx on THURSDAY, May 29th 2014 at 6:30pm.  Photo by Teofilo Colon Jr.  All Rights Reserved.

UNDEFEATED Professional Boxer of Garifuna Descent, EDDIE GOMEZ to Host FREE, PUBLIC Workout in the Bronx on THURSDAY, May 29th 2014 at 6:30pm. Photo by Teofilo Colon Jr. All Rights Reserved.

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://elmaestroinc.org/
  2. Nancie L. Gonzalez, “Sojourners of the Caribbean: Ethnogenesis and Ethnohistory of the Garifuna” pg. 21

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