EDDIE GOMEZ, Bronx Professional Boxer of GARIFUNA Descent, Is Scheduled To Fight JONATHAN BATISTA on SATURDAY, April 18th 2015

 

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Verona, New York — 22 year old Professional Boxer, Eddie “E-Boy” Gomez from the Bronx, is scheduled to fight 30 year old Professional Boxer Jonathan Batista from the Dominican Republic at the Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, New York on SATURDAY, April 18th 2015.

After Mr. Eddie Gomez’s Victory by Unanimous Decision over James Winchester at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on December 6th 2014, a new challenge arises with this fight with Mr. Jonathan Batista.  With a record of 14 wins and 5 losses, Jonathan Batista will pose a considerable threat in the ring.  Will Mr. Eddie Gomez walk away with a victory after this fight?

Professional Boxer of Garifuna Descent, EDDIE GOMEZ from the Bronx in 2012.  Photo by Teofilo Colon Jr.  All Rights Reserved.

Professional Boxer of Garifuna Descent, EDDIE GOMEZ from the Bronx in 2012. Photo by Teofilo Colon Jr. All Rights Reserved.

Wishing the best to Eddie Gomez and his Team as he embarks on a big fighting challenge in his professional boxing career.

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Turning Stone Resort Casino is a resort owned and operated by the Oneida Indian Nation in Verona, which is located in Upstate or Central New York.  It is about 35 miles away (approximately a 50 minute drive) from Syracuse, New York.  1

About Eddie Gomez

Eddie Gomez is a professional middleweight boxer currently signed to Golden Boy Promotions.  Mr. Gomez has seventeen wins, one loss and ten knockouts.  His last fight took place on December 6th 2014 against James Winchester at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

Noted for being signed to Golden Boy 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.

Professional Boxer of Garifuna Descent, EDDIE GOMEZ from the Bronx at a Public Training Session in 2012.  Photo by Teofilo Colon Jr.  All Rights Reserved.

Professional Boxer of Garifuna Descent, EDDIE GOMEZ from the Bronx at a Public Training Session in 2012. Photo by Teofilo Colon Jr. All Rights Reserved.

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

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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 Caribbean coast of Honduras.  They also migrated to the neighboring countries of Guatemala, Belize (then known as British Honduras) and Nicaragua over the years.  Finally, Garifuna People have also migrated to the United States of America where generations have settled in cities like New York City, Chicago and Los Angeles.  Despite their mainly Spanish surnames, their culture and history are distinct from other Afro-American and Latino ethnic groups and it’s important to keep that in mind.

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Garifuna Professional Boxer, EDDIE GOMEZ.  Photo by Teofilo Colon Jr.  All Rights Reserved.

Garifuna Professional Boxer, EDDIE GOMEZ. Photo by Teofilo Colon Jr. All Rights Reserved.

 

Notes:

  1. http://www.turningstone.com/
  2. Nancie L Gonzalez, “Sojourners of The Caribbean: Ethnogenesis and Ethnohistory of the Garifuna” pgs 21-23

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