Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

Frankie Gomez Returns To Ring, Ready For Redemption

By Jake Donovan

A year ago, red-hot newcomer Frankie ‘Pitbull’ Gomez was sitting on top of the world.

These days, he’ll merely settle for standing in a boxing ring.

The latter wish comes true for the troubled 20-year old prospect, who fights tonight after an 11-month hiatus mired in legal troubles. Gomez headlines tonight’s Telefutura Solo Boxeo telecast, as he faces Manuel Leyva in a scheduled eight-round bout at the Phoenix Club in Anaheim, California.

Gomez weighed 145.6 lb for the bout, the second heaviest of his still promising career. Leyva (21-8, 12KO), who has lost seven of his last eight contests over the past two years, came in at 147 lb.

The fight marks the first time Gomez fights since Dec. ’11, when he stopped James Hope in the 3rd round of a non-televised bout against James Hope. The performance came on the undercard of a Showtime doubleheader, though two months before the network began airing select lead-in bouts on sister network Showtime Extreme.

It’s hardly all that Gomez has missed out on in recent times, though he only has himself to blame. The East LA native was forced to withdraw from the Los Angeles portion of last September’s ‘Star Power’ pay-per-view card after suffering an injury less than a week before fight night.

The setback was far more forgivable than the series of events which lead to his forced downtime for much of 2012. Gomez was slated to appear on the 2012 debut of Shobox in early January, but legal troubles slammed the brakes on that proposal. Two separate arrests in the span of four days included felony charges that resulted in Gomez spending time behind bars.

His release from prison earlier this year motivated a pugilistic makeover. Once labeled a lazy fighter on the verge of becoming wasted talent, Gomez resurfaced at the Wild Card Gym in Hollywood, training under the watchful eye of Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach.

Saturday’s showcase against Leyva won’t put Gomez immediately where he left off, though still represents a step in the right direction. The prospect was signed by Golden Boy Promotions in large part to his career promise reminiscent of a young Oscar de la Hoya, whom Gomez views as a personal hero as a Mexican-American from his corner of the world.

The arrests earlier this year sadly put his career on hold, forcing his handlers to question the serious investment into his career. Gomez is now on the path to redemption, hoping that each win puts the past that much further in the rearview mirror.

Weigh-In Results:

Frankie Gomez, 145.6 lb vs. Manuel Leyva, 147 lb. – 8 rds, welterweight (televised main event)

Jamie Kavanaugh, 134.8 lb vs. Ramon Valadez, 134.2 lb – 8 rds, lightweight (televised co-feature)

Joet Gonzalez, 122.2 lb vs. Victor Serrano, 121.8 lb – 4 rds, super bantamweight (TV swing bout)

Juan Gonzalez, 160.8 lb vs. Yosmani Abreu, 155.7 lb – 4 rds, middleweight (TV swing bout)

Gerald Washington, 245.6 lb vs. Brandon Spencer, 297.2 lb – 4 rds, heavyweight

Ulises Sierra, 169.6 lb vs. Ricardo Pinell, 165 lb – 4 rds, super middleweight

The Telefutura Solo Boxeo broadcast airs live at 11:00PM ET/8:00PM PT (local time).

Jake Donovan is the Managing Editor of Boxingscene.com. Follow Jake on Twitter: @JakeNDaBox

Tags: Frankie Gomez image  
User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by ddangerous on 11-03-2012

Frankie Gomez has some skills, regardless of the Disney child star name.

Comment by ElBossHogg™ on 11-03-2012

wasnt Gomez gonna be a full fledged Zeta or something? must have got scared.

Comment by titanium on 11-03-2012

I hope to see this fight. Gomez is hungry.

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (3)
Top Headlines Gilberto Ramirez Ready For Golovkin Next: Just Send The Contract! Jermell Charlo: Jarrett Hurd Took My Brother's Title - We Can Unify Keith Thurman: Porter Fought His Way To Earning a Rematch Carlos Castro Stays Undefeated with Decision Over Palacios Oscar Valdez Drops, Decisions Miguel Marriaga in Tough Fight Joseph Parker's Promoter Does Not Believe Hughie Fury is Injured Gilberto Ramirez Dominates Max Bursak To Retain WBO Title Shawn Porter Stops Andre Berto in Nine To Earn Thurman Shot Andre Berto vs. Shawn Porter - LIVE BoxingScene Scorecard Jermell Charlo Knocks Charles Hatley Unconscious In 6th Round Parker's Promoter is Furious: Hughie Fury Claims He is Injured! Shakur Stevenson Makes Pro Debut, Beats Brito in Five Rounds Serrano Stops Santana; Becomes 5-Division Women’s Champ Andre Berto vs. Shawn Porter - CompuBox Historical Review Jessie Magdaleno Destroys Adeilson Dos Santos in Two Rounds Magdaleno: I'm Hungrier Now, Holding This Belt For Many Years Joseph Parker vs. Hughie Fury is OFF - Confirms WBO President LIVE Top Rank Tripleheader Results From StubHub in Carson Krzysztof Zimnoch Demolishes Michael Grant in Two Rounds Martin Murray Beats Gabe Rosado, Who Loses Temper Over Scores Khurtsidze Blasts Tommy Langford To Earn Billy Joe Saunders Arthur Abraham Punishes Robin Krasniqi, Wins WBO Eliminator Dalakian, Yegorov, Yefimovich Win WBA Title Bouts in Kiev Marriaga: Valdez Not Invincible; I'll Knock Crown Off His Head Otto Wallin Drills Gianluca Mandras in Five To Win WBA Regional Tom Farrell Beats Tommy Carus, Retains WBA Regional Juan Carlos Reveco, Jorge Sebastian Heiland Win Big in Argentina Joe Cordina Wins On Debut, Stops Jose Aguilar In Liverpool Charles Conwell Wins Pro Debut, Yuandale Evans Beats Dib Gilberto Ramirez: The Golovkin Fight Can Be Made at Any Time Tony Bellew Rules Out Retirement, Plans To Continue Fighting Joseph Parker Has One Eye On Joshua vs. Klitschko Showdown Jamie Cox Inks Promotional Pact With Eddie Hearn, Matchroom Indongo Manager Eyes Crawford Unification, Hits Back at Lipinets Trainer: Magdaleno Looks Better Now Than When He Beat Donaire Frank Warren on Flanagan-Crolla Status, Anthony Yarde Return Shawn Porter-Andre Berto: Pre-Fight Report Card BJ Flores May Land on Briggs-Oquendo, Povetkin Possible for July 2 Berto, Porter Break Down Kell Brook vs. Errol Spence Showdown Warren: Langford Could Land Saunders Shot in Summer With Win
Advertisement
Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement