Welterweight prospect Eddie Gomez got a good test tonight from John Karl Sosa in a 10-round main event on Ring TV Live and Estrella TV's Boxeo Estelar, edging out a decision win on scores of 96-94, 96-94, and 98-92. BLH had the fight even, 95-95.
Gomez (19-1, 11 KO) looked sharp and fast early, but faded down the stretch against the aggression of Sosa (13-2, 6 KO), who had Gomez under pressure much of the night and made it a very tough return to action for the Honduran fighter from the Bronx.
Gomez, 23, looked ragged in the final few rounds, perhaps owing to a 13-month absence from the ring, but he manages to squeak out the win, which is fair enough. A 6-4 card for either fighter is easy to defend. The 98-92 card was pretty ridiculous, but you have seen boxing before.
Sosa, 23, lost his second straight fight here, but looked good in defeat, and fought like a real prospect himself. Both will be interesting to watch going forward.
In the co-feature, Fidel Maldonado Jr and Art Hovhannisyan fought to a split draw over 10 rounds in a lightweight contest. BLH scored the fight 95-93 for Hovhannisyan, with official scores of 96-92 Hovhannisyan, 95-93 Maldonado, and 94-94.
The heavy handed Maldonado (21-3-1, 18 KO) scored a knockdown in the eighth round, catching Hovhannisyan (17-2-3, 9 KO) with a clean left hand on the button, causing a delayed reaction. As Hovhannisyan tried to tie up, he went down to a knee. He complained he was pushed down, but replays showed that Hovhannisyan's knee touched down before anything that could have been considered a shove.
It was a solid fight, ugly at times, with both guys pushing and straying below the belt on some body shots, which led to Maldonado losing a point in the ninth round, effectively erasing the point he'd picked up from the knockdown in the prior frame. All three scores were perfectly reasonable.