Frankie Gomez showed all the talent that had been hyped for years now, shutting out tough veteran Mauricio Herrera over 10 rounds in a welterweight clash on tonight's Canelo-Khan card, winning on scores of 100-90 across the board. BLH's Wil Esco also had it 100-90 for Gomez, and my score was the same.
Gomez (21-0, 13 KO) has long been considered a blue chip prospect, a fighter that trainer Freddie Roach says is as talented as anyone in the Wild Card Gym -- a roster that includes Manny Pacquiao and Miguel Cotto, among others -- but there has been a sort of delay in actual results. Last year, when he was supposed to face Humberto Soto in a matchup similar to this one, Gomez badly missed weight.
This time, he was in shape, on his game, and he showed where the confidence in his ability comes from. He was able to pick Herrera (22-6, 7 KO) apart in this fight, showing better speed, better power, and simply better skills. Herrera, whose ring rust after nearly a year out of the ring may have played some part in the outcome, was never really able to get anything going. Gomez took away his jab, cut him in the second round, and by the end had busted him up under the opposite eye, as well.
It was maybe not a star-making performance for Gomez, but it's absolutely a step in the right direction, and a very good showing. Gomez landed 183 of 475 (39%) total punches, including 174 of 413 (42%) of his power shots. Herrera was well behind that pace, landing 106 of 410 (26%) of his total punches, and 84 of 247 (34%) of his power shots.