Two prospects from Golden Boy Promotions came in with unbeaten records tonight, and only one of them left this edition of ShoBox: The New Generation still undefeated. Hugo Centeno Jr topped Gerardo Ibarra in the night's main event, but Eddie Gomez was upset by Francisco Santana in the co-feature.
Gomez (16-1, 10 KO) came into the fight very confident, essentially dismissing the chances of his opponent in pre-fight interviews, but found out the hard way tonight that every opponent should be taken seriously. After starting pretty well, Gomez couldn't respond to the increasing effectiveness of Santana (20-3-1, 9 KO), who won on scores of 96-94, 97-93, and 98-92.
This is sort of a worst case scenario outcome for Gomez, and one that has been feared by some around the sport for a while now. He's a hell of a talent, but his cockiness has bordered on arrogance, and that may have gotten the best of him tonight. That said, Santana has now won eight straight, and he's no chump, either. Gomez will hopefully just take this for what it is, and learn from the loss, which is all anyone can do following a defeat, particularly an upset at this stage of their career.
Centeno improved to 21-0 (11 KO) with a fairly routine win over Gerardo Ibarra, a short-notice opponent who replaced Domonique Dolton for this fight. Centeno took the 10-round decision on scores of 99-91, 99-91, and 100-90, with his hair never moving over 10 rounds. There was nothing particularly amazing about this win, but it was solid and thorough, and proved Centeno was the better boxer in this matchup.
On the off-TV undercard, Terrell Gausha improved to 10-0 (5 KO) with a lopsided 100-89 win on all three scorecards against James Winchester; Diego De La Hoya went to 5-0 (4 KO) with a TKO-3 victory over Rigoberto Casillas; and Immanuel Aleem, David Grayton, Kyrone Davis, and Oscar Negrete all stayed undefeated, while David Figueroa won his pro debut.