Gomez brings home cooking to Barclays
January, 16, 2014
By Michael Woods | ESPNNewYork.com
Al Bello/Getty ImagesEddie Gomez, who lives with his parents in the Bronx, packed a punch in a win last August.They are packed into spare bedrooms, ensconced in basement lairs, and some are sleeping under the same roof, and in the same bed, they did for their whole existence. Millennials, some 36 percent of those Americans aged 18 to 31, are living at home with their parents, making the smart if occasionally demeaning move considering the job market is so barren, and the rents are so damn high.
Eddie Gomez, a 21-year-old Bronx-based junior middleweight who gloves up Jan. 30 at Barclays Center, on a card topped by a Victor Ortiz-Luis Collazo welterweight title fight, is one of the 36 percent.
The 15-0 (10 KOs) hitter -- who looked ready to at least make an attempt to leap from prospect to contender when last seen in a ring, busting up Steve Upsher Chambers (TKO4) on Aug. 19 in New York -- meets Daquan Arnett (11-0, seven KOs) of Florida.
I chatted with Gomez on the phone Thursday afternoon and asked him about the upcoming scrap and where he seems himself pound-for-pound in the New York area, and also for a little info on his out-of-the-ring life.
"I'm not really focused on what Arnett can do, because I beat him before, in the amateurs, and knocked him down about three times in the fight. I have the better record and have beaten the better guys, and I feel like it'll be, 'Whose O is gonna go?'" Gomez told me, referring to the two boxers' undefeated records.
Gomez said he sees himself as one of the top boxers in New York right now, and he hopes to headline a card later this year, maybe even in his next fight.
Gomez said he's in a zone of sharpness, and attributes part of that to the stability he derives from living with his mom and dad at their home in the Bronx, in the East Tremont section. He's one of seven kids, but the only one who is still under his parents' roof. Part of the draw is mom's stellar cooking. "I'm not in a rush to leave," he said. "She still cooks for me; she's the best cook -- seafood, shrimp, anything I want."
We know what you're thinking: Could there be a "scale fail" in his future because of mom's stove-top skills? Nope, he told me, he's all about portion control.
Come Jan. 30, Gomez said his power and speed will be the difference-makers.
"It's not going more than four or five," he declared.