Dan Rafael: Vernon Paris

Up-and-coming bantamweight Ivan Morales, younger brother of Mexican legend Erik Morales, had his fight against countryman Sergio Frias (15-3-2, 8 KOs) scheduled for Friday night’s “Golden Boy Live” co-feature (Fox Sports 1/Fox Deportes, 11 ET) canceled on Thursday.

Morales (25-0, 14 KOs) had a visa issue at the U.S. embassy in Tijuana and could not come to the United States for the card at the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, California, according to Golden Boy.

Welterweight prospect Frankie Gomez (17-0, 13 KOs) still meets Vernon Paris (28-1, 16 KOs) in the 10-round main event. An eight-round middleweight fight between 2012 U.S. Olympian Terrell Gausha (10-0, 5 KOs) and Ronnie Warrior Jr. (15-8-1, 5 KOs) has been elevated to the new co-feature.

Gomez steps in to face Paris

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Welterweight prospect Frankie Gomez, a major disappointment thus far despite his unbeaten record, will step up to fight his most notable opponent when he faces Vernon Paris on July 25 (Fox Sports 1/Fox Deportes) at the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, California, Golden Boy has announced.

[+] EnlargeVernon Paris, Zab Judah
Ed Mulholland/USA TODAY SportsVernon Paris, right, who suffered his lone defeat in 2012 against Zab Judah, faces unbeaten welterweight Frankie Gomez on July 25.
Gomez (17-0, 13 KOs), 22, of East Los Angeles, was a terrific amateur and entered the pro ranks with huge fanfare in 2010 but a series of underwhelming performances, conditioning issues and legal problems limited him to just two fights apiece in 2012 and 2013.

Golden Boy, which has hundreds of thousands of dollars invested in Gomez, is throwing him in what should be a real fight when he faces Paris in a scheduled 10-rounder that will headline the Golden Boy Live card.

Paris (28-1, 16 KOs), 26, of Detroit, suffered his only defeat when he was stopped by former junior welterweight titlist Zab Judah in the ninth round in March 2012. Paris has won his two fights since.

In the co-feature, bantamweight prospect Ivan Morales (25-0, 14 KOs) will see action in a 10-rounder against an opponent to be determined. Morales is the 22-year-old younger brother of Mexican legend Erik Morales, who will be ringside and will do a meet-and-greet with fans at the show.

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