Gomez goes the distance to top Arnett

January, 31, 2014
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GomezMaddie Meyer/Getty ImagesEddie Gomez nabbed a unanimous decision in his rematch with Daquan Arnett at Barclays Center.
NEW YORK -- Two prospects engaged in a step-up scrap, and Eddie Gomez of the Bronx got the better of it at Barclays Center on Thursday evening. Gomez beat Daquan Arnett in a rematch of an amateur tussle the two youngsters had almost a decade ago.

Gomez, who came in with 15-0 mark, used an edge in hand speed, volume and power to nab a unanimous decision over ten rounds on a Golden Boy card.

The scores were 98-91, 97-92, 97-92 for the victor, who sent the loser to the mat in Round 7 off a right stunner and a left hook to the body.

Gomez popped a nice jab early. Arnett woke up in Round 2, and the two started to trade more than their quiet first. A long right cross tagged Gomez, and the crowd murmured in sympathy in Round 3. Gomez had warmed up and was having fun, dancing and popping, in Round 4 against the Floridian. A right hand popped Arnett's head back after Gomez backed him up against the ropes early in the 5th.

Gomez's right hand stung his opponent several times in a nice round for the guy. Gomez took the 6th, being busier, mixing hooks in with rights and a snappy jab. A body shot put Arnett down in the seventh, and he almost got stopped as the doctor took a step up the steps but backed down. Arnett scored with some short counter rights in the eighth after Gomez landed a harsh right, which sent blood spraying. Gomez wasn't busy in the 9th.

In the 10th, Arnett looked to land heavy, knowing he was likely behind on the cards.
Michael Woods, a member of the board of the Boxing Writers Association of America, has been covering boxing since 1991. He writes about boxing for ESPN The Magazine and is the news editor for TheSweetScience.com.

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