If you follow Golden Boy and Oscar De La Hoya much, than you'll know that they are really big on 140lb prospect Frankie Gomez. Frankie is a Mexican-American from East Los Angeles, just like De La Hoya, and appears to have all the tools to make some real noise at 140lbs. He's also trained by Freddie Roach, who Oscar expects to turn Gomez into a real force. But first, Gomez has an upcoming fight with Humberto Soto on May 9th on te Alvarez-Kirkland undercard. After that, and assuming all goes as planned for Frankie, he's looking towards his bright future.
"After Soto, the next step is take on world champions. I am ready and I know I have to train with the best and be disciplined. By the end of this year, I think I will be ready for someone like Danny Garcia, but it also depends on the plans that my manager and Golden Boy Promotions have for me," said Gomez.
Oscar then went on to give glowing reviews of Gomez at media rountable they held late last week.
"Frankie has a hunger, humility and passion that are missing in a lot of fighters today. I have seen him in the ring during his fights and during his training and I can see that there is passion and fire in his style. There is something special about Frankie and it's just a matter of bringing it out. We need to guide him towards his goal to becoming a world champion."
Now despite Gomez mentioning Danny Garcia, he may not be able to get that fight, even if he concedes to the inevitable catchweight that will be demanded. Gomez does look like he has the goods, but it can also be a fine line to not push a great prospect too fast and derail their growth. What do you see as the ceiling for Frankie? Do you think he could legitimately challenge Garcia?