Cristian Hoskin-Gomez is determined to put the disappointment of missing out on a showdown with Olympian Anthony Ogogo behind him as he prepares for another hometown showdown next month, writes James Eley.
The 21 year-old was due to take on Ogogo earlier this month but had to rule himself out with illness. Now though, fully recovered, the middleweight of Spanish decent is looking forward to appearing on Western Country Boxing’s ‘Summer Sizzler’ show at Plymouth Guildhall on 30th July.
“I was supposed to fight Anthony Ogogo a couple of weekends ago but I had a nasty head cold so I had to pull out,” he told www.uko-boxing.com. “That is disappointing because we got matched for the fight last week when I was in Scotland.
“It was on the Ricky Burns undercard which would have been an awesome show and it would have been fantastic to be in the ring with someone of his calibre. Hopefully, the fight will pop up again so I can test myself and see what level I am on against him.
“That said, I am looking forward to boxing back in Plymouth because being the home fighter is the best feeling. I haven’t fought in a while now and I have been up and down the country so I am buzzing to get back there. The last time I was at the Guildhall in January, it was fantastic and I think this time it will be even better. It is a great community in Plymouth and everyone knows everyone so it will be loud for sure.
“I don’t know who I will be fighting, sometimes I don’t know until the day before my fights. I don’t mind that and I will fight anyone. If you see my record I have fought the top fifteen people in the UK already so I will fight anyone now. I am still young and hopefully I have another ten or fifteen years in the sport so I just want to fight as much as possible and see where it gets me.”
Fighting on home turf is something of a rarity for Hoskin-Gomez. Of his 20 fights since turning professional just two years ago, January was his first time as the home fighter. Having fought the length and breadth of the UK – including Ireland – it’s a feeling Hoskin-Gomez is looking forward to experiencing again.
“I definitely think it helps to be a home fighter when the fight goes to a decision,” he added. “I have beaten a kid up when being the away fighter in Scotland and I lost by a point! We know how it is so it will be good to be back at home.
“There’s a bit more pressure on me now that I am the home fighter because everyone knows you and all your family and friends will be watching. As an away fighter you just go there and get booed and you are expected to lose! I am looking forward to that pressure though and the last time was really exciting. It made me perform better so I am sure it will do the same again this time.
“We have more professionals down in Plymouth than ever before, so hopefully boxing is on the rise. That would be brilliant.”
Stable-mate, Chris Adaway, also features on Summer Sizzler.
There’s a battle of Devon as Plymouth’s Ross Roberts look set to take on Exeter’s Faheem Khan at welterweight whilst a duo of debutants are also set to feature.
Launceston bantamweight, Marcus Hodgson, and Cornwall cruiserweight, Marcus Kelly, are set for their professional debuts and Plymouth lightweight, Des Newton, and Guernsey middleweight, Tom Duff, complete the card.
Tickets for Summer Sizzler are £30 or £50 Ringside and are available by calling: 07958 398 355. Doors open at 6:30pm with boxing commencing at 7:30pm at Plymouth Guildhall, Armada Way, Plymouth, PL1 2AA.