Fan favorites Alfonso Gomez and Yoshihiro Kamegai square off this evening on the latest FOX Sports 1 boxing card from the Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio, California, and BLH will be here with live coverage of the show.
Gomez (24-6-2, 12 KO) made his name about a decade ago on the first season of "The Contender," when he emerged as probably the most popular fighter on the show. Now 34, Gomez is coming off of a solid win over Ed Paredes last July, which followed a pair of losses in 2011 and 2012 to Canelo Alvarez and Shawn Porter, and then an extended break from the sport.
While Gomez has been overmatched in world title fights against Alvarez and Miguel Cotto (2008), he has generally done well on this level, scoring wins over the likes of Paredes, Jesus Soto Karass, and faded (shot) versions of Jose Luis Castillo and Arturo Gatti. Gomez, of course, retired Gatti in 2007 with a brutal and pretty one-sided victory in Atlantic City.
Kamegai (25-2-1, 22 KO) has become a recent fan favorite thanks to big efforts in fights against Jorge Silva in 2012, which was a bit of a closet classic in Sacramento, and last year in a losing effort against Robert Guerrero at the StubHub Center. The hard-punching Japanese brawler won his last fight in December, beating Oscar Godoy via TKO-4 at the MGM Grand.
Also in action tonight will be super featherweight Ronny Rios (23-1, 10 KO), who looks to rebound from his first pro loss to Robinson Castellanos last October, a fight where Rios frankly looked out of it pretty much the entire way before the fight was stopped 11 seconds into round five. Rios will face Sergio Frias (16-4-2, 8 KO) in a fight scheduled for 10 rounds, and set to open the broadcast.
23-year-old Irish super middleweight prospect Jason Quigley (4-0, 4 KO) will also take to the ring this evening, as he faces Tolutomi Agunbiade (2-2, 1 KO) in a four-round fight.