Frankie Gomez comes in overweight for Jorge Silva fight
By Dan Ambrose: 23-ywear-old unbeaten light welterweight Frankie Gomez (18-0, 13 KOs) came in three pounds over the limit for his fight against journeyman Jorge Silva (21-9-2, 17 KOs) in a scheduled 10 round bout tonight at the Fantasy Springs Casino, in Indio, California.
Gomez weighed in at 150lbs, which was three pounds over the 147lb limit. The weight limit for the fight was then increased three pounds in the contract to make it 150lbs instead of 147, according to Dan Rafael. This was the second time that Gomez has failed to make weight.
Last May, Gomez weighed in six pounds over the limit for a fight against light welterweight Humberto Soto. The fight was then cancelled. The Gomez-Soto fight was supposed to have been the co-feature bout on the Saul “Canelo” Alvarez vs. James Kirkland fight on HBO from the Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas. That fight was supposed to have taken place at 141lbs, but Gomez wasn’t even close to that weight in coming in at 147 ½ pounds. Soto was still willing to face Gomez if he lost some more weight, but his team chose to pull him from the fight instead.
It’s starting to be clear that Gomez can’t make weight for his fights at 140. He’s not even making weight for the welterweight division. Gomez’s promoters at Golden Boy Promotions likely want to keep him in the light welterweight division because he has such a huge advantage over his opponents when he rehydrates after making weight.
Gomez is like another Canelo and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr with the way he puts on a lot of weight. However, if Gomez can’t even make the light welterweight or even welterweight limit, then Golden Boy really needs to think seriously about moving him up to junior middleweight and hope that he can at least be a fringe contender at that weight. Gomez isn’t really dominating even at 140, so it kind of tells you things probably aren’t going to go too well for him at welterweight or junior middleweight.
I’m sure that Oscar De La Hoya of Golden Boy Promotions can have Gomez fight at catch-weights at 150lbs against light welterweights the way that Canelo fights at catch-weights at 155 in the welterweight division, but I don’t think Gomez will be able to have a career based on catch-weights. But then again, Canelo seems to be doing it and it might be the beginning of a new thing in boxing, where the A-side fighter uses his bargaining power to get a weight advantage over their opponents by fighting at catch-weights that help them and potentially hurt their opponents. Without the sanctioning bodies stepping in to say no to these things, the A-side fighters can get away with it. Can you imagine what other sports would be like if teams could use their clout to get the opposing teams to agree to a catch-weight in order to play them?
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