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24 JULY 2014

 

Business As Usual For Alfonso Gomez




By Derek Bonnett: There are a couple of ways to view Alfonso Gomez’ upcoming challenge of Miguel Cotto for the WBA welterweight championship in Atlantic City, NJ on April 12. You could view it as the latest installment in the great Puerto Rican/Mexican rivalry that has provided a charge of excitement into the sport throughout its rich history. You could also catalogue it under the Rocky-theme as a match-up between well-established champion and rugged underdog challenger to build up some drama.

To Alfonso Gomez, 27, it’s business as usual and he hasn’t seen any reason to make any big adjustments to his approach.

“I’m approaching this fight with the same mentality and preparation as my previous fights,” said Gomez confidently. “However, being that this is a twelve round fight and I’ve only gone ten once, I did incorporate a conditioning coach into my activities. His name is Anthony Garcia, and he was a conditioning trainer and physical therapist for the USA Soccer Team, LA Galaxy, Chivas USA, Oscar de la Hoya and now myself.”

Conditioning has never been perceived as one of Cotto’s weaknesses in the ring and the extra conditioning should help Gomez, 18-3-2 (8), to weather the eye of the storm that is sure to be centered on his body. Going the distance with veteran Ben Tackie is an entirely different experience than what Gomez can expect in the ring with Cotto, 31-0 (25), as he tries to capture his first world championship. He seems well aware of the likelihood of a long night.

“Aside from his power, his constant pressure and his great conditioning are his main weapons. Therefore, the plan is to come in better shape than him and utilize my strength and power to counter attack his strengths,” stated Gomez.

Gomez knows what its like to fight bigger and stronger men from his experience on season one of The Contender, but he has yet to share the ring with a man as talented as Cotto. Gomez should not forget that Cotto also boxed well in his last outing against Shane Mosley and is more versatile of a fighter than many credit him for.

Regardless of what Cotto has to offer, Alfonso Gomez just wants to get it on.

“I’ve been more than excited about this fight. Rarely, does someone get a chance like this, and now that it’s knocking at my door I’m glad to receive it,” admitted Gomez. “I’ve only had a chance to meet Miguel once [in New York] a few weeks back and ever since that day I’ve been eager to get it over with.”

The boxing world eagerly awaits this contest, which will be broadcast on HBO. Gomez encourages his fans to watch “The Build-Up” at AlfonsoSGomez.comto see for themselves how he is preparing for the most important fight of his career.

“I’m training harder than ever to come out on top once again,” said Gomez jubilantly. “On April 12th, all you have to do is sit back and enjoy!”
Will 2008 provide us with yet another upset of one of boxing’s young stars?


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