(Photo credit: Esther Lin/Showtime) By Allan Fox: 33-year-old former two-time world title challenger Alfonso Gomez (23-6-2, 12 KO’s) will be turning to the ring after a 2 year absence to fight #7 WBC, #10 WBA welterweight contender Ed Paredes (35-3-1, 23 KO’s) in a scheduled 10 round bout at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
Gomez hasn’t fought since losing a 10 round unanimous decision to Shawn Porter two years ago in July of 2012 in a fairly close fight. Before that fight, Gomez had been stopped in the 6th round by WBA junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez in September of 2011. Gomez gave Canelo some problems in that fight with his combination punching early on. It wasn’t until Canelo really stepped it up that he was able to get a stoppage, but even that it was a situation where the referee pulled the plug on the fight a little too quickly.
Gomez isn’t being done any favors by having him fight a slugger like Paredes without even one tune-up fight. The money must be good for Gomez to accept a fight like this without at least one tune-up fight to get him ready for what he’ll be facing in the ring.
Paredes may not be the best welterweight in the division, but he’s powerful and he’s been busy fighting on a regular basis during the 2 years that Gomez has been put of the ring. Even if Gomez had been fighting regularly, a fight against Paredes would be a tough one. But with him having been out of the ring for 2 years it just seems that Gomez is asking for trouble in taking this fight. Gomez isn’t much of a puncher at 147, and hes going to have to find some way to keep from getting hit too much by Paredes in this fight.
Gomez has wins over Jose Luis Castillo, Jesus Soto Karass, Ben Tackie, Arturo Gatti, Jesse Feliciano, Carson Jones, Jesse Brinkley and Peter Manfredo Jr.