Undefeated Bronx Boxer Eddie Gomez in Co-Main Event at Barclays Center on January 30

Howard Goldin

Undefeated light-middleweight Eddie “E-Boy” Gomez (15-0, 10 KO’s) will be facing another undefeated prospective contender, Daquan “King” Arnett (11-0, 7 KO’s) of Florida in the 10 round co-main event at the next championship boxing card at Barclays Center on Thursday, January 30.

 The two young pros, both 21 years old, have reached headline status and are both looking forward to vying for a championship in the near future. Interestingly, despite their youth, the two were involved in an amateur bout as amateurs seven years ago. Remembering that event from his early teens, Gomez admitted, “I won, but we both developed more since that amateur fight. I’m a better fighter. I just feel like I’m the best man.”

Gomez, whose father was a boxer in his native Honduras, developed a very early interest in the sport, which was encouraged by his parents, “My parents supported me from the jump, since I was 8-9 years old.” While attending John F. Kennedy High School, the Bronx native was trailing at the Juan LaPorte Boxing Club, both located in the Bronx.

His knowledge and extensive training led to him to great success in the ring as an amateur. He was a two-time Junior Olympic title holder and the winner of the 152 pound championship at the respected Daily News Golden Gloves in 2010.

In October of that same year, Gomez signed a pro contract with Golden Boy Promotions. At the signing, Oscar de la Hoya, the head of the company praised the teenage boxer, “Eddie Gomez is part of the new breed of fighters coming into this sport and we’re very excited about having him with Golden Boy. He can do it all in the ring, he’s exciting, charismatic and fans are going to love him.”

Gomez fought his first pro bout one month later, winning with a first round knock-out.

Gomez’s sixth bout was especially memorable to him as it was fought in the Paradise Theater in the Bronx, “I was excited. I was five minutes from my house. I live on East Tremont, near the Bronx Zoo. My family, friends and neighbors were there. It was my first fight in New York.”

The January 30th bout will be the fourth for Gomez at Barclays and his seventh in New York City. He expressed comfort, pride and optimism to fight at home, “I’ve been training to go 15 rounds. We were in Queens, Manhattan and the Bronx, a world tour of New York City. This is my city, my building and my people. If Arnett thinks he can come into my backyard and beat me he is definitely mistaken.”

After this bout, Gomez is prepared to move up in the rankings and hopefully have a championship opportunity, “I just can’t wait for the opportunity to fight for a world title. I knew I had it in me to take it to another level since I was 12. I work hard, train hard. I’m ready. I do what I have to do to be a winner in the ring.”