EDDIE GOMEZ, Professional Boxer of Honduran-American GARIFUNA Descent To Fight JAMES WINCHESTER at BARCLAYS CENTER in BROOKLYN on SATURDAY December 6th 2014

 

 

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Brooklyn, New York —  22 Year Old Professional Boxer Eddie “E-Boy” Gomez from the Bronx, will be fighting 36 Year Old Boxer James ‘Shotgun’ Winchester from Reidsville, North Carolina at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York on SATURDAY, December 6th 2014.

After Mr. Gomez’s stunning loss in June to Francisco Santana by Unanimous Decision; 1  the challenge here will be to see if Mr. Gomez can get back to his winning ways and maintain his Ranking as a Top Prospect in Boxing.  This fight is scheduled for Ten Rounds and is listed as being in the Junior Middleweight Division.

Professional Boxers Mr. Eddie Gomez and Mr. James Winchester at the weigh-in on FRIDAY, December 5th 2014.  Photo courtesy of Facebook.

Professional Boxers Mr. Eddie Gomez and Mr. James Winchester at the weigh-in on FRIDAY, December 5th 2014. Photo courtesy of Facebook.

Mr. James ‘Shotgun’ Winchester has a record of sixteen wins, ten losses with six knock-outs.  He is 36 years old and is from Reidsville, North Carolina.  This fight is the undercard of the David Lemieuk versus Gabriel Rosado fight.  Those interested in attending the fight can buy tickets at the Barclays Center Box Office in Brooklyn or on the internet through Ticketmaster.  The main event will be aired on the HBO cable channel.  I do not know if Mr. Gomez’s fight will also be aired on HBO.

ABOUT Eddie Gomez

Eddie Gomez is a professional middleweight boxer currently signed to Golden Boy Promotions.  Mr. Gomez has sixteen 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.   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, 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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Garifuna Boxer EDDIE GOMEZ from the Bronx Will Fight JAMES WINCHESTER from North Carolina at The Barclays Center in Brooklyn on SATURDAY, December 6th 2014.  Photo courtesy of Facebook.

Garifuna Boxer EDDIE GOMEZ from the Bronx Will Fight JAMES WINCHESTER from North Carolina at The Barclays Center in Brooklyn on SATURDAY, December 6th 2014. Photo courtesy of Facebook.

Notes:

  1. http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x1ytm1e_eddie-gomez-vs-francisco-santana-06-06-2014_sport
  2. Nancie L. Gonzalez, “Sojourners of the Caribbean: Ethnogenesis and Ethnohistory of the Garifuna” pg. 21

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