Another VICTORY for EDDIE GOMEZ, Professional Boxer of GARIFUNA Descent from the Bronx, As He Destroys Boxer JONATHAN BATISTA on SATURDAY April 18th 2015 at Turning Stone Resort Casino

 

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Verona, New York — On Saturday night, April 18th 2015; Professional Boxer of Garifuna Descent, EDDIE “E-Boy” GOMEZ of the Bronx (18 Wins, 1 Loss, 11 KOs) Defeated Jonathan Batista (14 Wins, 6 Losses, 7 KOs) from the Dominican Republic at the Turning Stone Resort Casino in Upstate or Central New York.

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Mr. Eddie Gomez won by technical knockout when Jonathan Batista did not answer the bell to start the Sixth Round in their scheduled 10-round super-welterweight fight.  This was the result of an aggressive, uncompromising boxing strategy of Mr. Eddie Gomez.  Apparently, Mr. Jonathan Batista had had enough and wilted like a flower in the desert sun under the relentless pressure.

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.

After the fight, Mr. Eddie Gomez told the 15 Rounds website, 1

“I Feel Good, I’m satisfied with the win, but I wanted to show more.  I was just getting warmed up, showing my boxing and foot work skills to prove I was ready for the 12-round championship fights.”  — Eddie Gomez

BEING GARIFUNA extends a hearty, “Buidumeimeibei!” (“Congratulations!” in the Garifuna Language) to Mr. Eddie Gomez on his victory over Jonathan Batista.  Hopefully this bodes well for Mr. Gomez’s championship aspirations.

About Eddie Gomez

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

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.

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.   1

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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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Notes:

  1. http://www.15rounds.com/early-results-from-verona-ny-5/

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