Derek Bonnett has followed the sport of boxing enthusiastically for over twenty years. At SecondsOut, he has reported on all levels of the game and carries a passion for the lower, often overlooked, weight classes.
Derek holds a BS in English/Literature from Southern Connecticut and a MA in Humanities from Wesleyan University and has instructed English in Connecticut public schools for eight years. He was voted most outstanding wrestler in high school and wrestled at the college level as well. He has volunteered his time to instruct wrestling and condition young fighters at the Police Athletic League.
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.