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Gomez stops Green in 2nd round

Alfonso GomezBy Jim Dower: Fighting for the first time in over a year, 30-year-old welterweight Alfonso Gomez (23-4-2, 12 KO’s) stopped 33-year-old Calvin Green (21-6-1, 13 KO’s) in the 2nd round of a scheduled 10 round bout last Saturday night at the Morongo Casino Resort & Spa in Cabazon, California. Gomez hurt Green with a hard right hand around the midpoint of the 2nd round, causing Green to immediately back away into the corner.

Gomez then followed him and unloaded with an avalanche of hard head shots until referee Tony Crebs finally stepped in and halted the fight at 1:24 of the 2nd round.

Gomez looked decent in winning, and showed good power for the most part. It wasn’t the kind of power of some of the huge punchers in the welterweight division like Mike Jones, but still it was pretty decent power. Where Gomez struggled was on defense. He was hit a lot by Green and had this been a better fighter than him, its likely that Gomez would have been stopped again. Green’s power was about equal to Gomez, but his workrate wasn’t nearly as good. Green hand-cuffed himself by not throwing enough punches and letting Gomez control the pace of the fight.

There was some action in the 1st round, as Gomez charged out fast from his corner, ripping body shots and hard punches to the head of Green. For his part, Green landed some nice shots of his own when he was remembering to let his hands go. But he couldn’t match the fast pace that Gomez was setting and he soon started taking a lot of punishment.

Gomez continued to fight well into the 2nd round, as he landed some hard uppercuts and body shots that seemed to send Green’s offense into shutdown mode. It was then nothing but target practice for Gomez until he hurt Green with a right hand in the center of the ring. Green back away like he’d been shoved backwards and practically fell into the ropes back first. Gomez then calmly unloaded on Green until the referee mercifully halted the fight with Green still on his feet.

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