By Steve Kim
Last May on the Canelo Alvarez vs. Amir Khan undercard at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Frankie Gomez won a clear-cut ten round unanimous decision over veteran Mauricio Herrera.
But the undefeated welterweight contender has not fought since. In fact, he hasn't been at the Wild Card Boxing Club to train with Freddie Roach in months.
Roach last saw 'the Pitbull' back in the early fall before taking off to work with Manny Pacquiao as he prepared for his November 5th contest against Jessie Vargas.
"I went to the Philippines and I said, 'I'll see you when I get back' and I still can't find him," said Roach, on Friday afternoon while an in-studio guest of Mario Lopez on 'the 3 Knockdown Rule' podcast. "It's a shame, it's a waste of talent but it's his choice."
The accomplished trainer believed Gomez was the goods.
"Frankie Gomez was my next superstar," said Roach, who added. "I mean, I didn't like putting him in with Pacquiao sometimes. Only a couple of days a week, not every day because he was that dominant. He's a great prospect, he can hang with anybody in the world. But geez, I'd hate to see what kind of weight class he's in now."
Gomez had various issues with weight and training that caused him to be inactive from July 2014 to October 2015. In May of 2015 an HBO televised fight with Humberto Soto was canceled by the local commission after Gomez came in six pounds over the contracted weight. Before the win over Herrera, he was active last February with a ten round decision over Silverio Ortiz.
The 24-year old Gomez, who is promoted by Golden Boy Promotions, has a record of 21-0 (13 KO's).
Steve Kim is the news editor for BoxingScene.com.