Gomez Signs Contract For Fight
By Barbara Pinnella
Alfonso Gomez looks to be on his way to one of, if not the
biggest fight of his career Ė a bout for the WBC Light
Middleweight Title with Saul ďCaneloĒ Alvarez. ďIíve already
signed the contract,Ē Gomez told me Wednesday afternoon.
ďThey sent me the contract yesterday, and Iíve signed it and
returned it. The fightís happening; itís just a matter of
him signing, if he hasnít already.
ďItís a big fight for me,Ē he continued. ďThe last time I
had an opportunity like this was a few years ago against
Miguel Angel Cotto, and I came short. Iím 30 years old now,
so Iím going to give it all this time to make sure I donít
have to wait another four years for another shot like this.
Iíll be too old,Ē he laughed.
I asked Alfonso how this all went down and how long this had
been in the works. ďWell, it just kind of happened I guess,Ē
he said. ďI fought a week before he did, and I fought good
in my fight, and he defended his title successfully. My
manager Gary Gittlesohn called me and said that they had
proposed a fight with Alvarez. Obviously I said yes. They
just want to make sure that everythingís correct in terms of
money, and the weight, and all that stuff that has to be
organized in terms of the promotion aspect. I let my manager
settle all that and he said to go. He gave me the contract
yesterday and I signed it Ė I liked what I saw.
ďBut yeah, itís been going on for three weeks already since
I got contacted for that fight. I accepted immediately,
without even knowing if it was going to be a lot or a little
(the money). It didnít matter to me. What mattered for me
was the opportunity.Ē
Gomez thinks that Saul is a good opponent for him in his
quest for that belt. ďI think out of all the Champions he is
one of the most popular but the least experienced in big
fights. Cotto, heís champion and heís been in with the big
boys, and Mayweather and Ortiz have their thing going on
right now, so of all the big champions out there, heís one
that I was looking forward to. Beating him puts me in the
position where I can get a rematch with Cotto or go down in
weight and get the winner of Mayweather and Ortiz. Thatís a
big payday right there.Ē
When we last spoke, Alfonso told me that his eye was on
Pacquiao. I asked him how this fight fit into that plan.
ďBeating Alvarez definitely propels me to a fight with
Pacquiao maybe next year,Ē he told me. ďIíve just got to win
this fight and maybe retain my title another time, and then
the possibility of Pacquiao is there.
ďIt doesnít matter if it takes another year; Iíve just got
to keep winning, winning, winning, winning, and this fight
right here is an important fight to fight Pacquiao. You
know, to fight Pacquiao, I wasnít going to do it just
fighting people like Calvin Green. It was good for my
record, but in order to get to a Pacquiao I have to be World
Champion; beat Miguel Cotto, or in this case beat Saul
Alvarez. So this is step three in getting to Pacquiao.Ē
One of the things that opponents talk about with regard to
Alvarez is his power and how strong he is. I asked Alfonso
if he was concerned about that. ďNot at all, heís not even
going to touch me!Ē he laughed. ďIíve fought Welterweights,
Super Welterweights, even Middleweights, and Iíve been able
to take their punches pretty well, so Iím not worried about
that. His chin is susceptible though, heís been hurt twice.
So for me thatís a motivating factor, to get more strength
for this fight.
ďAnd also I know that heís a good counter-puncher, so my
plan is to box and to move and to use my experience in
bigger fights, because he obviously has more fights then me.
But I believe I have more experience in harder fights
against more legit opponents than he does, and Iím going to
use that to my advantage too.
ďIíve fought strong fighters. in the beginning of my career,
Peter Manfredo and Jesse Brinkley, World Middleweights, and
also Ishe Smith, and then Soto Karass. So I think Iíve been
in there with stronger fighters in deep waters, and thatís
somewhere Canelo hasnít been. I plan to take him there. I
know the experience I have over him is going to make a
Just back from Mexico two days prior, Gomez was obviously
not going to waste any time. ďIím already hitting it hard in
the gym, my second day, and I feel real motivated. Iím sure
Iím going to keep this motivation through the whole training
camp. Iím going to show off in the fight, Iím going to be
very well prepared to take the title away and be Champion.Ē
This fight is scheduled for September 17th at Staples
Center. If that date sounds familiar, it is the same day
that the Mayweather/Ortiz fight is happening in Vegas. As
Alfonso said, a double-header of boxing pay-per-views. What
a big night it will be, regardless of which fight one
As always, I want to thank Alfonso for taking the time to
speak with me. I will catch up with him closer to fight
Be safe and God Bless,
Viva La Raza,