Gomez decisions Lane; Bey and Diaz Jr. victorious
By Jim Dower: Undefeated welterweight prospect Frankie Gomez (15-0, 11 KO’s) stayed unbeaten with a dominating 10 round unanimous decision on Saturday night over Lanard Lane (13-3, 8 KO’s) at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Nevada.
The final judges’ scores were 98-92, 100-90 and 100-90. Gomez was able to hit Lane at will with shots, but wasn’t able to blow him out the way that Gomez has been destroying most of his over-matched opposition. He looked good, and he needs to keep facing better opposition in the future.
The only time Gomez hurt Lane in the fight was when Gomez escaped from a headlock that Lane had him in by wrestling out of it. Lane was knocked off balance and had his back turned to Gomez, who then punched him hard in the back of the head with a right hand. It wasn’t exactly sporting of Gomez to do that, and you’d like to think that he wouldn’t have to show this kind of desperation to beat a 2nd tier fighter. It was a move that I could understand if it was someone that Gomez wasn’t sure that he could beat and needed every edge he could get, but not against this guy.
Gomez didn’t look that great. He seems to lack power, and he has a strange style where he rushes his opponents like a tidal wave, throwing a lot of punches at once, and then he backs off. He took a lot of shots from Lane, and ended up with swelling around both eyes. a
Gomez’s trainer Freddie Roach said after the fight “I think we could step it up a little bit. We want more of a puncher. We would like to get in there every two months; we need the activity.
Unbeaten lightweight Mickey Bey Jr. (19-0-1, 10 KO’s) put in a good performance in stopping Roberto Rodriguez (7-3, 3 KO’s) in the 3rd round. Bey Jr. stopped with Rodriguez with a huge left hand to the head. Bey Jr. put Rodriguez down twice in the 3rd round with left hands to the head. Referee Kenny Bayless stopped the fight Kenny Bayless. Bey’s left hooks were devastating in this fight. That weapon alone is going to make him dangerous for anybody in the division. However, he looked to be just pot-shotting and counter punching in the fight, and he might have problems if he faces someone that can take his left hooks bombs and outwork him. He needs a better work rate to beat the better fighters in the division. He’s got the hand speed and the left hook, but he’ll need more than that to succeed at the next level.
Former 2012 Olympian bantamweight Joseph Diaz (2-0, 1 KO’s) stopped Jose Ruiz (2-3) in the 2nd round in a two knockdown performance. Diaz dropped Ruiz with a left to the body. Moments later, Diaz put Ruiz down with another left to the body. Diaz looked ok, but he doesn’t seem to be a huge puncher, and he might struggle if he were to face some of the better contenders in the division. A this point, I can’t see him beating any of the champions. He’s going to have to improve a great deal if he wants to become a world champion someday.
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