Soto Will Be Paid Some Despite Gomez Fight Cancelation

by David P. Greisman

Humberto Soto trained to make weight for his fight with Frankie Gomez, only to have that fight be called off when Gomez came in overweight. Gomez was 6.5 pounds over the original contractual limit of 141, 2.5 pounds over a new limit the camps had agreed upon after Gomez had informed them that he would not be making weight.

That means no fight for Soto. Fortunately for him, he will get at get some money.

“Humberto’s got money already. We gave him an advance,” said Eric Gomez, the vice president and head matchmaker for Golden Boy Promotions. He would not disclose how much Soto got paid and would be allowed to keep.

Soto’s team was willing to go forward with facing Frankie Gomez so long as Frankie could drop some more weight. That wasn’t going to happen, though.

“For the last two and a half days, he’s been working. He can’t lose anymore,” Eric Gomez said. “I feel bad for Soto because Soto worked very, very hard. He was responsible. He followed the contract. He did everything. It’s just a bad position to be in, but someone has to be a grown-up and do the right thing. Do you reward someone for not doing their job?”

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by PunchyPotorff on 05-09-2015

Pretty lame when a fighter won't commit to their job. Especially with so many riding on his performance.

Comment by //// on 05-09-2015

how much did haymon pay gomez

Comment by Gods We Faked on 05-09-2015

Would Soto be able to recoup anything through a civil suit? I don't expect him to try, but would Gomez not be liable for breach of contact?

Comment by swifty007 on 05-09-2015

[QUOTE=-Kev-;15665815]Kirkland? More like Chavez Jr or Salido.[/QUOTE] Yeah, I can see that. He obviously loves push ups. Pushing up to the table.

Comment by Russian Crushin on 05-08-2015

Stuff like this pisses me off. He should be paid his full purse and extra

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