Frankie Gomez established himself as a true top prospect in the sport tonight on FOX Sports 1, totally dominating the often-tricky Vernon Paris en route to a 10-round shutout win on scores of 100-89 across the board, flooring Paris in the fourth round, and controlling the entirety of the fight despite an opponent who wouldn't quit.
Gomez (18-0, 13 KO) has seemingly put his past out-of-ring issues behind him, and now the 22-year-old "Pitbull" is full steam ahead on his boxing career. He's always possessed terrific skills and a great fighter's mentality, banging the body and doing so with a precision not often seen from young fighters, but it was a question of where his head was really at. I think now we've all seen the kind of fighter he really can be if he stays focused on his career. His discipline is good in the ring, and he's got the grit and the talent. The sky might be the limit for him.
Paris (28-2, 16 KO) is still a young man at 26, but his two losses have both been one-sided, one to veteran Zab Judah, and now this one against an up-and-coming young fighter. Paris still has time to become something more, and certainly has a ton of heart, but it's now seemingly probable that we've seen him about as good as he's going to get, and that his upside might be as a prospect checker.
On the undercard, both Terrell Gausha (11-0, 6 KO) and Vyacheslav Shabranskyy (10-0, 8 KO) waxed their opponents in the first round.