Looks Forward To Jesus Soto Karass
By Barbara Pinnella
Photo: Marlene Marquez
With the Manny
Pacquiao/Miguel Cotto fight looming on the horizon, all
the attention has understandably been on those two
fighters. Talk has been that this fight will be fight of
the year, some say it will go down as fight of the
decade. The accolades have already blanketed this
contest, which can frequently be a recipe for disaster.
But one of the other fights on the card is between the
popular Contender alumni Alfonso Gomez (20-4-2, 10 KOs)
and Jesus Soto Karass (24-23-3, 16 KO’s). Back in 2008
Alfonso had a fight against Cotto, a fight that he lost
in round five. I had a chance to speak with Gomez
recently and the first thing I wanted to know was the
importance of his upcoming fight with Karass.
“I consider this my most important fight,” he told me.
“When I lost to Cotto I lost against the Champ, but if I
lose to Karass it would send me back to almost the
prehistoric age,” he laughed.
His last loss before the one against Cotto came back in
2004, when he lost in a unanimous decision to Peter
Manfredo, Jr. during The Contender tournament.
This will be Gomez’s third fight this year and he is
excited about it, and the importance it has to him. “I’m
sure that beating Karass would put me in line to
challenge a Champion in 2010,” he said, which
contradicts his earlier comment about the prehistoric
age. But that remark was a joke – getting a big fight
next year is not.
Gomez has been training in Oxnard, California, and was
happy about his great camp with Robert Garcia, et al,
and how his training was going. But there is one thing
that has him the most thrilled, and that is the birth of
his daughter, Heidi Luna.
“After I had my baby girl I feel more motivated and
mature. I’m taking things more seriously now.” He also
told me how great it was to be a father, and how he now
is able to concentrate and focus better on his job.
When I asked him if he had any predictions on the
Pacquiao/Cotto fight, he told me, “I think Pacquiao is
going to win – I hope Pacquiao wins.”
Good luck to Alfonso on Saturday night!
Be safe and God Bless,
Viva La Raza,