Two unbeaten junior middleweight prospects entered the ring last night on FOX Sports 1 from the Barclays Center, and it figured that someone had to lose. That was Daquan Arnett, who dropped a 10-round decision to Eddie Gomez, who improved to 16-0 (10 KO) with the win.
Arnett (11-1, 7 KO) did some good things in the fight, but not consistently enough, and seemed beaten to the punch and a little out of his depth against Gomez's power. As we mentioned in the post-fight recap, Gomez simply looked the more polished pro last night, but it wasn't a non-competitive affair, and there's no reason whatsoever to write off Arnett. The fighter himself is looking to move on and improve with the loss.
"This is the beginning for me, not the end," said Arnett, who just turned 21 in November. "I am going to come back stronger, and will take this and learn from it."
Gomez, a mere three months older than Arnett, appears to have the shorter road to contention, but he felt he still had some flaws in last night's victory, and that he should have ended the fight.
"I just took my time in there and did what I had to do," said Gomez. "Now I'm just happy."
Gomez continued, "I should have gone to the body earlier and I think I could have gotten him in four or five rounds. I'm just thankful for the opportunity to get this fight. I took full advantage and worked hard."