A New Beginning For Alfonso
By Barbara Pinnella
Life is good for Alfonso Gomez right now. He has a wonderful
family, with wife Dulce, and daughter Heidi Luna. He sings
in his own band, Hy3rid, and also writes music for them. He
has a family that supports him in his boxing career, with
his father, Alfonso Gomez Sr. acting as his trainer.
But to say that Gomez is ready for his upcoming fight at the
Morongo Resort and Casino in Cabazon, California is an
understatement. On May 21st Gomez, with a record of 22-4-2
and 11 KO’s, will go up against Calvin Green (21-5-1, 13
KO’s). I spent part of a day watching Alfonso train at the
Maywood Boxing Club before getting to speak with him.
On this day he sparred a total of nine rounds, five with
Brandon Adams, and four with Javier Molina. Totally
different fighters here, both in style and experience. Adams
has had only two pro fights and four amateur contests. The
young Molina had a long and successful amateur career and
has had several professional fights. In fact, Molina fought
on the Ward/Abraham undercard this past weekend and won his
fight by unanimous decision, winning every round on all
“I like sparring with kids that let me work up there,” he
told me. “I can measure my distance and work on everything
else we’ve talked about in training. It’s great sparring
with those kind of fighters because they allow you to work,
and at the same time they learn a lot, fighting with an
experienced fighter like myself.”
Gomez has not been in the ring since March of last year, and
I asked him to remind me why. “Four fights last year fell
through because of injuries. I pushed my body at a young
age. I wasn’t one of those fighters that got protected by
the promotions. I got pushed early, so therefore I pushed
harder in the gym than most fighters do. So right now I’m
starting to feel the injuries.
“Yet I’m learning too, as I go. Now I know how to work
around the injuries and still keep my conditioning, still do
well in the gym, and still be able to spar. I’m feeling more
than healthy. The injuries are gone. A year and a half
without fighting, that should be enough to heal anybody. So
it’s all a matter of experience, and I’m glad I’m going to
get this fight, especially in Southern California, because I
haven’t fought here in many years.”
As is the norm with boxers now, Alfonso uses a combination
of boxing and conditioning for his training. He has added
something else to his recipe. “I train physically through
boxing, I train on conditioning through my conditioning and
strength coach, but I also train my mind with motivation.
I’m finding what gives me that hot white desire, that
burning desire to be champion, and that’s one reason why I’m
training so hard. I find this fight the first step in
reaching this goal.”
He explained that one can train their mind to always be
excited and have that desire to always be successful. “If
you have that motivation every day, then you come to the gym
every day like you love it, because you do!
“And this is the main event – I’m always on the undercard –
so being the main event in Southern California is great!
That’s also why I’m training so hard. Friends and family
will be there and I don’t want to disappoint anyone,
especially myself. He (Green) is coming to my house,
Southern California, to challenge me, so I’ve got to make
sure that he doesn’t go away with the victory.
“This is the beginning, four or five fights more, or two
fights, or one more, and I get a big one,” he continued,
“which is what I’m looking for. My name’s up there in the
rankings and I’m recognized all over the world, so if I can
put in a good performance against a great fighter like
Calvin Green – a very tough opponent – than that should show
Top Rank and the rest of the world that I’m ready for
something bigger again. Fighting is my passion, and I’m
training hard, because I’m going for Pacquiao. I know
everybody’s going for him, but he’s number one on my idol
list, and he’s also number one on my hit list!”
Unlike some fighters, Alfonso watches tapes of his
opponents. “I like making a plan for them,” he told me.
“Most fighters are very repetitive with their instincts,
especially when they’re under pressure. Your instinct comes
out more than your mind. I like to watch the repetitions
certain fighters make to capitalize on that.
“I know Green likes to come forward so I’m working to make
this a really exciting fight. I’m Mexican, so I love to
fight those types of fighters.”
It was time to talk about Gomez’ band, Hy3rid. “Ah, I love
my band! My brothers Robb and Jesus (Dr. Zeus) and I started
it. I love rhyming in Spanish. I find words have a lot of
power, so finding a way to rhyme and use word play to make
it funny or really hit people and have them feel what you’re
saying – it’s as challenging as being up in the ring and
having people like what you do in there. I love the music, I
love rapping. I have more than 1000 songs written down.”
When I showed surprise Alfonso explained. “I didn’t know I
was a writer until I started with my band 10 years ago. But
now that I look back I started writing music when I was
eight. I just thought it was something that everybody did.
Now I realize that not everybody does it and I just have the
talent for it.
“I never liked rap, I’ve always been a romantic type,
listening to Jose Jose, Luis Perales, all those romantic
singers and songs. When I started getting into rapping I
fell in love with the word play that the rappers do, so I
started to implement that in Spanish. So far people are
loving it. The music is a mixture of hip-hop, rock in
Espanol, and just a mixture of different songs.”
But Gomez lets his brothers handle the music. He doesn’t
want to get in the way of that, nor does he want to have
music get in the way of his boxing right now. “I concentrate
on my boxing and my brothers handle the music. Whenever they
need me to perform I’m there, whenever they need me to write
music I write it down. But in terms of promotions and gigs,
that type of thing, they handle it.”
Besides the three Gomez brothers, the other members of the
band are Tavo, who is the bassist, and Daniel, the keyboard
player who also acts as a DJ.
So Alfonso is content. “Life is good because I want it to be
good. I have a beautiful wife who is very good to me, I have
a gorgeous daughter. I have a great dad that trains me every
day. I have a great father and family who support me in my
career, so really I’m rich in all those things.
“I’m in the best sport in the world where I’m an individual.
I’m not in any group or on a team where if I get tired they
send me out, or if we lose I can blame somebody else. I’m in
the most beautiful sport in the world because it’s just
myself and someone else. I couldn’t ask more of life. Now
it’s just a matter of training hard, really staying
motivated, and looking for that success that everybody looks
for in life.”
With that attitude, I look for great things from Alfonso.
He’s a good guy, and good guys should finish first
sometimes! I want to thank him for his time and wish him
good luck in his fight against Calvin Green.
Be safe and God Bless,
Viva La Raza,