Bronx GARIFUNA Boxer EDDIE GOMEZ Returns To Winning Ways With VICTORY Over JAMES WINCHESTER at Barclays Center in Brookyn on SATURDAY, December 6th 2014

 

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Brooklyn, New York —  22Year Old Professional Boxer of Honduran Garifuna Descent, Eddie Gomez of the Bronx, returned to his winning ways with a VICTORY by Unanimous Decision Over James Winchester of North Carolina in their boxing match at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on SATURDAY, December 6th 2014.

According to The Sweet Science website, Eddie Gomez knocked James Winchester down with a punch to the body in the first round, but Mr. Winchester got back up and for the rest of the fight mainly slipped and covered away from Mr. Gomez’s attacks. Mr. Winchester also displayed comic antics designed to engage and entertain the audience.  1

On occasion, Mr. Winchester countered with overhead windmill punches but they weren’t effective as the judges unanimously decided that Mr. Eddie Gomez won EVERY round.  2

UPDATE:  Here is a FightHype.com interview with Mr. Eddie Gomez that took place after his fight against Mr. James Winchester.  In it, he evaluates his performance and talks about plans for the year 2015.

Buidumeimeibei (“Congratulations” in the Garifuna Language) to Mr. Eddie Gomez on his victory over Mr. James Winchester at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on SATURDAY, December 6th 2014.  Mr. Gomez now has 17 Wins, 1 Loss and 10 Knockouts in his Professional Boxing Career.

ABOUT Eddie Gomez

Eddie Gomez is a professional middleweight boxer currently signed to Golden Boy Promotions.  Mr. Gomez now has seventeen wins, one loss and ten knockouts.  His last fight took place in June 6th 2014 against Francisco Santana at the Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio, California.  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.   3

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, namely the port town of Trujillo, Honduras in May 1797; 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.

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Bronx Garifuna Boxer Eddie Gomez.  Photo courtesy of Ring General Boxing on Facebook.

Bronx Garifuna Boxer Eddie Gomez. Photo courtesy of Ring General Boxing on Facebook.

 

Notes:

  1. http://www.thesweetscience.com/news/articles/19909-eddie-gomez-wins-ud10-over-clowning-james-winchester
  2. http://www.thesweetscience.com/news/articles/19909-eddie-gomez-wins-ud10-over-clowning-james-winchester
  3. Nancie L. Gonzalez, “Sojourners of the Caribbean: Ethnogenesis and Ethnohistory of the Garifuna” pg. 21

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