Two-time world title challenger Alfonso Gomez makes a welcome return to the sport following an injury-interrupted spell, a couple of years on from when the Mexican lost a ten round decision to IBF champion Shawn Porter.
The 33 year-old has been blighted by setbacks in the bid to resume his career and is now pitted against experienced American Ed ‘The Lion’ Paredes on July 9 at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.
It’s been a tough time for Gomez, who has been forced to wait in his bid to erase the memory of back-to-back losses, having been thwarted in his bid to claim the WBC light-middleweight title by Canelo Alvarez prior to the Porter defeat.
Gomez is refreshed and ready to get back in there, and having seen what his upcoming opponent has to offer, the charismatic fighter is confident he can regain a foothold in the rankings with a 24th career victory next month.
“My management reached out to Golden Boy to let them know that I am injured-free and that I was ready to get back on the train to success,” Gomez explained to World Boxing News.
“They offered me Paredes, so I looked at the kid, and though he seems tough and capable, I know my abilities and I know that I can win this fight.
“Parades is ranked highly by various sanctioning bodies so this victory should place me well in the rankings and in line for another world title shot soon.”
Having only won once since turning 30 in 2010, Gomez knows he needs to impress despite his lack of action, although the ex-Contender show star believes that having only three fights in four years will not be a hindrance at all.
“If you look at the different pound for pound lists, eight out of ten of those placed are over the age of 30,” pointed out Gomez.
“As a boxer I have never had a beating and I have fought very little compared to other boxers thirteen years as a professional behind them. So, in essence I’m still fresh and with all my abilities intact and these facts make me hungrier to continue.
“World Titles are why we are here and I have had two opportunities which I am thankful for, but unlike 90% of the current champions, I had to fight against the best in Cotto and Canelo, so this next one will be third time the charm whether it’s against the best or not.
“I have had injuries that have kept me off and now I just want to get back in there. I was ready last year and was lined up to face Victor Ortiz in December, but again a freak accident were I broke my wrist kept me off another six months until now.
“I am glad to be back and I have to get past Ed Paredes to prove I can still compete at the top, after that, things will line up properly for me I am sure.
“To all my fans, I encourage you to follow me on Twitter and Instagram @AlfonsoSGomez to find out more about my life and God bless you all,” he added.
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