By Lem Satterfield
Alfonso Gomez says he’s fought better opposition than fellow junior middleweight Ed Paredes, who he will face on Wednesday at The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino as the Fox Sports 1/Fox Deportes “Golden Boy Live!” series returns to Las Vegas.
Paredes (35-3-1, 23 knockouts) is 14-0-1 with 10 knockouts over the course of his past 15 fights, having last suffered defeat by unanimous decision against current IBF titleholder Carlos Molina in April 2009.
But even though Gomez (23-6-2, 12 KOs) will have been out of action for nearly two years since falling by unanimous decision to Shawn Porter on July 28 2012, the 33-year-old believes that his resume still gives him more than enough experience to overcome Paredes.
“I do believe that I have fought better opposition than Paredes. He seems to be a guy who is very capable of winning fights,” said Gomez. “He’s shown that in the fact that that he has a tremendous record, but in terms of the fighters that I’ve fought, he’s definitely not near their levels.”
Gomez has stopped aging boxers Arturo Gatti and Jose Luis Castillo as well as the rugged Carson Jones, and has also decisioned former contenders Ben Tackie, Jesus Soto Karass, Peter Manfredo Jr. and Jesse Brinkley. Gomez has lost a decision to Ishe Smith and been stopped by both Canelo Alvarez and Miguel Cotto.
“I’ve beaten Castillo, Arturo Gatti, and I beat Peter Monfredo and fought Ishe Smith before he became a world champion. I have a long list of fighters who are actually a lot better than him,” said Gomez of Paredes, 29, who was last in the ring for a second round stoppage of George Sosa in March.
“I’ve fought at least a dozen or so guys who were world champions either in the past or the future, and my last two fights were against two guys who are among the best right now. Shawn Porter’s a hot ticket right now, and Canelo’s a hot ticket right now. Miguel Cotto is a hot ticket right now.”
Gomez-Paredes will happen in advance of Golden Boy Promotion’s July 12 match-up between junior middleweights Alvarez and Erislandy Lara, giving Gomez a shot at ending his two-fight losing streak.
“Going into the Shawn Porter fight, I had some issues with injuries to my elbows and stuff like that, and that didn’t allow me to prepare fully for the fight. He was able to beat me by, but only by, like, one or two points on one of the scorecards. Not being well-prepared, and coming that close to beating him, that makes me realize that I’m capable of so much more,” said Gomez, who was knocked out in the sixth round by Alvarez in September 2011 before falling to Porter.
“In the past, I didn’t understand what experience was all about and how to use that experience, but I’ve been able to use that experience in my sparring leading up to this fight against other boxers. I’m not bothered with all of the past injuries. I’m more mature, mentally, and, physically. I believe that these almost two years off have actually helped me out. So I think that I’m better than the guy who fought Alvarez and the guy who fought Porter. I believe that this is the fight where I show that these two years have helped me to take charge of my career.”
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Source: The Ring