When Eddie Gomez of the Bronx, N.Y., and Daquan Arnett of Winter Park, Fla., were 12-year-old amateur boxers, they fought. Gomez scored three knockdowns and won the fight.
Now they are 21-year-old men and undefeated junior middleweight prospects who will square off in a scheduled 10-round bout on Thursday night (Fox Sports 1/Fox Deportes, 9 ET) at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.
"We fought in the amateurs. I beat him and knocked him down three times," Gomez said. "So now we're going back at it again. He's improved a lot, but somebody's '0' has to go. We've grown and developed a lot, both power-wise and ability-wise."
Said Arnett: "He came out early and jumped on me in the second and third round. It was a really good and entertaining fight. In the back of my mind, I thought that we would fight again."
Arnett is a little tired of discussing the amateur fight all those years ago, but he understands it's part of the story going into their pro meeting.
"It keeps coming up, but all I can say is we're men now," Arnett said. "We keep growing up and we'll see what happens. We were kids then, running around the ring throwing punches.
"I expect a good, entertaining fight, something the fans will love to see. This will get both of us back on TV again. It will definitely be a win on my end. I feel like I'm an all-around fighter. I can box, I can punch, I can sit in the pocket and fight inside and outside. The main thing is, I can adjust and adapt to anything."
The fight will be the first 10-rounder for both fighters.
Also on the tripleheader, Victor Ortiz (29-4-2, 22 KOs), returning from an 18-month layoff because of a badly broken jaw in his previous fight and trying to end a two-fight losing streak, will face Luis Collazo (34-5, 17 KOs) in a fight between former welterweight titleholders in the scheduled 12-round main event. In the opening fight, junior lightweight Gary Russell Jr. (23-0, 13 KOs) will face the much smaller Miguel Tamayo (15-7-2, 13 KOs) in an eight-rounder.