Alfonso Gómez

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This name uses Spanish naming customs; the first or paternal family name is Gómez and the second or maternal family name is Becerra.
Alfonso Gómez
Statistics
Real name Alfonso Salvador Gómez Becerra
Rated at Light Middleweight
Welterweight
Light Welterweight
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Nationality Mexico Mexican
Born (1980-10-28) October 28, 1980 (age 33)
Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 29
Wins 23
Wins by KO 11
Losses 5
Draws 2

Alfonso Salvador Gómez Becerra (born October 28, 1980) is a Mexican professional boxer. He was a competitor on the reality TV show The Contender, where he ended up ranked third out of sixteen fighters.

Personal life[edit]

Gómez was born in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, but his parents subsequently moved to the city of Napa, California where he graduated in 1998 from Napa High and (later) Tustin, California, partly so as to enable Alfonso to go to college and continue boxing. He had started boxing at age 8, and had an amateur record of 80 wins and 10 losses. He was managed along the way by his father, an ex-boxer himself. He has two brothers, Jesus and Robb, and is part of a band with them called Hy3rid. He is married to Dulce, they have one daughter Heidi Luna.

Boxing career[edit]

Coming off a strong amateur career where he represented Mexico in the quarterfinals of the 2000 Olympic Qualifying Tournament for the Americas,[1] Alfonso Gomez turned pro in 2001, and was used by his first few managers as a stepping stone fighter for hotter-looking prospects. In his second pro fight he was lied to by a former manager as to his opponent's record and matched against Ishe Smith, who would later be his roommate on the reality TV show The Contender. In a competitive four round fight, Ishe won by UD in his hometown based on a low blow in the 3rd round of their fight from Alfonso which was incorrectly ruled (after Ishe had been cautioned for the same infraction) and Alfonso suffered a crucial point deduction which cost him the fight. He would later be matched up with his rival Jesse Feliciano in a tough trilogy, as well as several other fighters with strong or undefeated records, defeating most of them, earning him the nickname, "The Executioner of the Undefeated" from one newspaper.

The Contender[edit]

In 2004, Alfonso got on the boxing reality TV show The Contender as an alternate for a chance to win one million dollars, though he had to fight above his natural weight(Welterweight) at Middleweight due to the show's weight class choice. On the show, he was placed on the West Coast team (as was Ishe Smith) and he challenged the highly ranked Peter Manfredo in the first fight in a surprising move after Joey Gilbert seemed reluctant to take the first fight of the show against the undersized Jeff Fraza. With the exception of Ishe and Alfonso himself, both teams were skeptical as to Alfonso's chances, but Alfonso beat the then-undefeated Rhode Islander in a shocking fight where he outhustled, outboxed, and outfought Manfredo over five rounds, sending him home, though Peter was brought back later on the show due to Jeff Fraza contracting a case of chicken pox.

In the quarterfinals, he beat the confident Ahmed Kaddour (who had been brought back in to replace Juan de la Rosa and as a thinly-veiled attempt by Manfredo, Brinkley, Gilbert, and Bonsante to psych out Ishe Smith) by unanimous decision in a tough matchup that Manfredo was allowed to make as the challenge winner of the week at the time. Gomez outworked Kaddour the first 3 rounds, coming in off his jab and straight right, followed by hard body shots, throwing twice as many punches as Kaddour the first two rounds, absorbing punishment throughout the fight but consistently pushing the pace. Kaddour fought in hard flurries, landing the harder shots throughout the fight, especially the right hand lead and left hook knocking Gomez back a step or two occasionally stunning him, but then Kaddour would back off and move until ready to stage his next assault. Gomez suffered some pretty bad swelling, especially after walking into full force straight rights and left hooks in the final 2 rounds when their workrate was closer, but Gomez won 48-47 on Marty Denkin's scorecard and 49-46 on Chuck Hassett and Ray Corona's cards.

The Semi-Final round saw Gomez up against Manfredo again. Gómez was still bruised up from his previous fight against Ahmed Kaddour and Manfredo won their rematch by UD in a tough seven round fight. Like their first fight, Gomez seemed to have the advantage after five rounds, but Manfredo seemed fresher in the last two rounds to win the fight, though both landed plenty of punches on each other. Gomez, whose jaw was incredibly swollen after taking lots of punishment from Kaddour and Manfredo back-to-back, visited Manfredo in the locker room to wish him well moving on.

On the finale show, Gomez defeated fellow semi-final loser Jesse Brinkley, the consensus favorite in their match and hardest single-shot puncher of Season 1, by unanimous decision on May 24, 2005 in the "Bronze match" of the Contender show. Brinkley won the first round of their fight behind a series of stiff jabs and hard right hands, but Gomez won the next two rounds close behind good counter-punching and short combinations. The fourth round had a few swings, as Brinkley came back and dominated the first half of the round landing some huge punches, but Gomez was able to weather the storm and hurt Brinkley to the body badly in the second half of the round and beat him up during the second half to take the round. In the final round, Gomez continued to beat up Jesse until the last ten seconds, when Gomez celebrated his probable win a little prematurely and Brinkley got him with a big right hand at the bell, though Gomez was able to take the punch without being seriously hurt. He may take some consolation from having beaten Brinkley in the 3rd Place Fight, which guaranteed him a nice packet of prize money(200k and a 2005 Toyota Tundra)—and the whole Contender experience catapulted him to a world ranking of 21 out of 861. Even though he did not come out as the overall winner of the show, Gomez probably garnered the largest fan following of the fighters from Season 1.

Comeback Trail[edit]

Going back to his original weight class range of Welterweight/Light Middleweight, Gomez fought Luciano Perez in a five round contest on October 15, 2005 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on the Contender Rematch card, and won by fourth round TKO. Perez was game, but sorely outclassed in terms of boxing skill and Alfonso landed a very high amount of punches on Perez throughout the match until the referee stopped the fight late in Round Four.

Gomez fought Jesse Feliciano for a third time to a draw after a long layoff on May 5, 2006 at the Aladdin Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada on the Latin Fury card with the Contender Season 1 champion Sergio Mora. The fight was a candidate for Fight of the Year. For most of the first four rounds, Gomez outboxed the rugged Feliciano, but coming off a long layoff and having to move a lot with Feliciano's relentless pressure, Gomez lost his leg stamina at the end of the 4th round and had to bang with Feliciano. Both guys landed tons of leather on each other in the following rounds, but Jesse seemingly got the better of the next two rounds. In the 7th and 8th rounds, Gomez seemed to get a second wind as he got some of his legs back and seemed to edge the last two rounds, but Feliciano still landed on him a good amount and came forward throughout, making those two rounds debatable. Gomez won 77-75 on one judge's card, but the fight was scored 76-76 on the other two cards, rendering the rubber match between the two a draw.

On August 25, 2006, Gomez fought Carson "Kid" Jones in an eight round bout at the Arco Arena in Sacramento, CA. He pressured a game Jones throughout and beat him up pretty badly over the eight rounds until the referee stopped the fight in Round Eight. While Jones was clearly losing, it was a quick stoppage as Jones was still able to defend himself to some extent at the time.

Gómez was a part of the American team on The Contender Challenge: UK vs. USA, where he was pitted against the hard-punching Martin Concepcion on March 30, 2007. Alfonso won due to TKO from an uppercut followed by a left hook late in the 7th round after having largely dominated the fight prior to that.

Gomez vs Gatti[edit]

Arturo Gatti needed a decent comeback opponent to determine whether he still had anything in the tank after a tough stoppage loss to Carlos Baldomir a year earlier. HBO gave the Gatti team a list of acceptable opponents and the Gatti team picked Gomez for Gatti to come back against, as Gomez was regarded by the Gatti team as a crude brawler type, a light puncher, and slow. The fight was also meant to be a setup fight for Gatti vs Julio César Chávez, Jr.. Instead, Gómez defeated the favored Arturo Gatti on July 14, 2007 via 7th round TKO in a dominant effort, landing right hands repeatedly over Gatti's jab and generally getting off first with his own jab and short combinations to Gatti's head and body.[2] Gatti retired following this match.

Gomez vs Tackie[edit]

Three months later Gomez outpointed Ben Tackie in a unanimous decision in Carson, California on October 16, 2007, where Gomez also broke his right hand in the 2nd round hitting the iron-chinned Tackie with an uppercut. Gomez threw an incredibly high volume of punches in the early rounds despite his injury, outboxing Tackie, but Tackie kept the pressure on throughout and made the last few rounds of the fight hard for Gomez. However, Gomez fought through the pain of his hand and got the clear decision win. The Tackie win was supposed to set up a future match against Julio Cesar Chavez Jr, but the Chavez Jr team did not want to make the match. Instead, Alfonso got a shot against then WBA Welterweight champion Miguel Cotto, who needed a stay-busy opponent to hype up a possible Antonio Margarito-Cotto match, with Margarito fighting Kermit Cintron on the same card.

World Title Shot[edit]

Gómez faced and lost against Miguel Cotto via 5th round TKO on April 12, 2008 after the ring-side doctor declared him unable to continue after receiving constant punishment from Cotto over the five rounds. Alfonso came into the fight with a still injured right hand (broken in the Tackie fight) and after a training camp which he was badly ill at one point so he was not in his best condition in the ring, and Cotto dominated him, landing nearly forty punches a round against him before the ringside doctor stopped the fight prior to the 6th round, though Gomez wanted to continue the fight.[3]

Comeback[edit]

On May 1, 2009 after a long layoff Alfonso Gomez (19-4-2, 9 KOs) stopped Juan Buendia (14-3-1, 8 KOs) in a high action fight with a left hook to the liver in the 8th round, at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas. He expressed a desire to fight Julio César Chávez Jr, but Jr was now hovering around Middleweight so this fight was unlikely to happen.

On August 29, 2009, Gomez scored a first round stoppage of Raul Munoz in Hawaii on a card with Brian Viloria. He hurt Munoz with the first right hand he threw, then poured it on until dropping Munoz with another big right hand-left hook to body-right hand to face combination. Munoz got up in time, but was still damaged from the left hook to the body, and Gomez hit him with a few more punches, including another left hook to the body, and Munoz took a knee and indicated no ability to continue so the referee stopped the fight. This win by Alfonso set up a fight with Jesus Soto-Karass, a solid Top Rank prospect with a long winning streak and a high action style.

On November 14, 2009, Gomez fought against the favored Jesus Soto-Karass on the Manny Pacquiao vs. Miguel Cotto undercard "Firepower" at the MGM Grand. In a reasonably competitive action fight, Gomez outboxed Soto-Karass for the first four rounds of the affair, during which Soto-Karass committed a large multitude of low blow fouls upon Gomez that ultimately cost him two points, and headbutted Gomez badly by accident in the 3rd round, opening a large cut around Gomez's right eye. The cut bled profusely throughout until it necessitated a doctor stoppage in the sixth round of the fight, sending the fight to a Technical decision, which Gomez won 58-54, 57-55(x2). Gomez also attained the vacant WBC Continental Americas Welterweight title as a result of this victory.

Gomez fought José Luis Castillo on the Manny Pacquiao vs. Joshua Clottey undercard on March 13, 2010, at the Cowboys Stadium in Texas. It was pretty much a fight to determine whether Castillo had anything left or not as Castillo came into the fight off a small win streak, but against mostly mediocre competition, with the last solid opponent he faced having beaten him pretty easily in Sebastian Lujan. Gomez outboxed and beat up Castillo for five rounds before Castillo retired in the corner prior to the 6th round. Castillo did not have anything in this fight and announced his retirement immediately after the fight, though he changed his mind a few weeks later. Gomez thanked him for the opportunity in the post-fight press conference and mentioned some of the memories he had of Castillo.

Gómez has always expressed a desire to become a World Champion. He is coached by his father, Alfonso Gómez, Sr and has been managed for some years now by Gary Gittelsohn, who also manages Brian Viloria. Alfonso is now being promoted by Top Rank

Potential fight Vs. Chavez Jr.[edit]

On December 4, 2010, Gomez was signed to get the fight he's expressed a desire for many times before, a matchup with the undefeated Julio César Chávez Jr at Middleweight(the contracted weight was 157) for Chavez Jr's WBC Silver Middleweight belt on the In Harm's Way card as the main event. However, during training for the bout Alfonso tore some ligaments in his left elbow and had to withdraw from the card, and will undergo a few months of rehab. For his part, Chavez Jr was set to fight Powel Wolak as a replacement bout, but after adjusting the weight limit for said match to 165 lbs, Chavez Jr himself had to pull out due to the flu messing up his training and weight loss.

Return[edit]

Gomez fought and beat Calvin Green via 2nd Round TKO on May 21 at the Morongo Casino in California on a Fox Deportes card for his comeback fight off the injury to his left elbow. Green caught him a few times with hooks in the first round, but Alfonso mostly dominated that round with good counter-punching and combinations to Green's head and body. It was more of the same in Round 2 when Gomez slipped a Green jab midway through the round and countered with a big straight right that got Green in trouble. Gomez went after and cornered Green, threw some more combinations and got another big right hand counter in that forced a stoppage by the referee.

Gomez vs Alvarez[edit]

On September 17, 2011, Alfonso Gomez got another shot at a World Title when he took on Saul Alvarez for his WBC Light Middleweight title at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.[4] The card was part of the "Star Power" undercard featuring Floyd Mayweather Jr vs Victor Ortiz and shown as part of a split-site venture.

Gomez and Alvarez got off to a tentative start in Round 1, with Alvarez playing counterpuncher and Gomez playing pressure fighter. The round was close until the very end of it, where Alvarez caught Gomez with a kind of half hook, half jab while Gomez came in on him somewhat off-balance. The punch scored a flash knockdown on Gomez, swinging the round in Alvarez's favor. In Round 2, Gomez picked up the pace and his strategy for fighting Alvarez was apparent, he would come in very low using upper body movement on Alvarez to avoid counters, fire off his jab and throw short combinations to Alvarez's head and body. This strategy proved to be effective as Alvarez was not able to time Gomez and had his offense blunted by Gomez's workrate. Alvarez would slip in a hard shot here and there, but Gomez was outlanding/outworking him by a wide margin and constantly bringing the fight to Alvarez. This pattern continued in Rounds 3 and 4. In the first half of Round 5, Gomez had a good start to the round but Alvarez finished up the round strong letting his hands go a bit more to make the round debatable. In Round 6, both men had their moments, but near the end of the round, Alvarez caught Gomez with a counter right uppercut that stunned Gomez. Gomez went back to the ropes, put his guard up, Alvarez came after him with a flurry of six or seven punches, the majority of which were partially blocked by Gomez, but the relatively unknown referee for the fight Wayne Hedgpeth called the fight in Alvarez's favor after the flurry. By the accounts of the HBO commentary team and general consensus, the stoppage of the fight was very fast as Gomez seemed to be able to defend himself and wasn't that hurt, making the stoppage look fishy. Also, despite seemingly controlling, setting the pace of the fight, and outlanding/outworking Alvarez by a wide margin for the majority of the fight, Gomez as it turned out was losing 49-45(x2) and 50-44 on the official scorecards prior to the stoppage, while unofficially HBO had the fight a draw. Gomez said after the fight that Alvarez hit pretty hard and was a good counterpuncher, but he felt that the referee was looking for a reason to stop the fight in Alvarez's favor and so he stopped the fight too early. He said he knew something like that could happen with Alvarez's backing and it is what it is. He also stated his plan to go back down to the Welterweight division and try to win a championship there.

Gomez vs Vargas[edit]

On May 5 as part of the undercard for Floyd Mayweather vs. Miguel Cotto also dubbed "Ring Kings", Alfonso Gomez was to be fighting hot Mayweather Promotions prospect Jessie Vargas in a ten round Welterweight fight. However, Gomez injured his back in training a couple of weeks prior to the fight and was forced to withdraw from the card, with a fellow former Contender Steve Forbes stepping in as his replacement to fight Vargas. He has stated that he hopes to get the fight with Vargas at a later date.

Gomez vs Porter[edit]

On July 28, 2012, Alfonso Gomez faced off with undefeated Welterweight prospect Shawn Porter as the opener for the Guerrero vs Aydin card in San Jose. Porter is best known for being Manny Pacquiao's chief sparring partner to help prepare him against Miguel Cotto back in 2009.

Gomez vs Porter was a great action fight that was possibly a Fight of the Year candidate for 2012. The athletic Porter did well using his handspeed in particular to land combinations on Gomez, being busier and landing more punches throughout the fight, but Gomez returned fire with the cleaner, harder shots throughout, landing some very clean straight rights and left hooks to Porter's body and head, which made most of the rounds tough to call. The fight was a rough one, with both fighters landing a lot of punches and clashing heads multiple times. By the end, Porter had two cuts over his eyes, one being really nasty near the end, and Gomez had pretty bad swelling in terms of the damage they dealt to each other. Gomez should have won but boxing politics gave the win to the prospect Shawn Porter by UD, 96-94, 97-93, and 98-92.

Gomez vs Paredes[edit]

After a near two year layoff due to injuries and somewhat unlucky circumstances regarding a prospective Victor Ortiz fight, Gomez returned to the ring to face Ed "The Lion" Paredes in a ten round Jr. Middleweight fight on July 9th, 2014 in Las Vegas as the main event of a Fox Sports 1 card. It was a solid action fight and competitive, but Gomez was able to outbox and outfight Paredes over the ten rounds despite suffering two questionable knockdown calls against him by referee Kenny Bayless in Round 4 and Round 6. He won by a wide decision on the cards.

Professional boxing record[edit]

23 Wins (12 knockouts, 11 decisions), 6 Losses (2 by knockout, 4 by decision), 2 Draws [5]
Res. Opponent Type Rd Date Location Notes
Loss United States Shawn Porter UD 10 2012-07-28 United States HP Pavilion, San Jose, California WBO NABO Light Middleweight Title on the line.
Loss Mexico Saul Alvarez TKO 6 (12) 2011-09-17 United States Staples Center, Los Angeles, California WBC Light Middleweight Title on the line.
Win United StatesCalvin Green KO 2 (10) 2011-05-21 United States Morongo Casino Resort & Spa, Cabazon, California, United States
Win MexicoJose Luis Castillo RTD 6 (10) 2010-03-13 United States Cowboys Stadium, Arlington, Texas, United States Retained WBC Continental Americas Welterweight title.
Win MexicoJesus Soto Karass TD 6 (10) 2009-11-14 United States MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Won vacant WBC Continental Americas Welterweight title.
Win United StatesRaul Munoz KO 1 (10) 2009-08-29 United States Blaisdell Center, Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
Win MexicoJuan Manuel Buendia TKO 8 (10) 2009-05-01 United States Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss Puerto RicoMiguel Cotto RTD 5 (12) 2008-04-12 United States Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States WBA Welterweight Title on the line.
Win GhanaBen Tackie UD 10 2007-10-16 United States Home Depot Center, Carson, California, United States
Win CanadaArturo Gatti TKO 7 (10) 2007-07-14 United States Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win EnglandMartin Concepcion TKO 7 (8) 2007-03-30 England Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle, Tyne and Wear, United Kingdom
Win United StatesCarson Jones TKO 8 (8) 2006-08-25 United States Arco Arena, Sacramento, California, United States
Draw United StatesJesse Feliciano D 8 2006-05-04 United States The Aladdin, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win MexicoLuciano Perez TKO 4 (5) 2005-10-15 United States Staples Center, Los Angeles, California, United States
Win United StatesJesse Brinkley UD 5 2005-05-24 United States Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Part of NBC's reality TV show "The Contender"
Loss United StatesPeter Manfredo, Jr. UD 7 2004-09-23 United States Pasadena, California, United States Part of NBC's reality TV show "The Contender"
Win DenmarkAhmed Khaddour UD 5 2004-09-15 United States Pasadena, California, United States Part of NBC's reality TV show "The Contender"
Win United StatesPeter Manfredo, Jr. UD 5 2004-08-18 United States Pasadena, California, United States Part of NBC's reality TV show "The Contender"
Win NicaraguaJulio Cesar Lanzas UD 6 2004-02-28 United States Radisson Graystone Castle, Thornton, Colorado, United States
Win United StatesPatrick Thompson TKO 5 (6) 2003-11-22 United States Reliant Park, Houston, Texas, United States
Win MexicoJose Antonio Ojeda MD 6 2003-09-13 United States Pechanga Resort & Casino, Temecula, California, United States
Win MexicoAntonio Garcia KO 2 (6) 2003-07-19 United States Reliant Park, Houston, Texas, United States
Win United StatesJuan Carlos Amezcua TKO 3 (6) 2003-05-10 United States Reliant Park, Houston, Texas, United States
Loss United StatesJesse Feliciano UD 6 2003-02-28 United States Orleans Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win MexicoMichael Santos UD 6 2003-01-24 United States Crowne Plaza Hotel, Commerce, California, United States
Win United StatesDumont Welliver UD 4 2002-11-01 United States Orleans Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Draw MexicoLeobardo Roman TD 2 (6) 2002-03-29 United States Radisson Hotel, Sacramento, California, United States
Win United StatesJesse Feliciano SD 4 2001-12-28 United States Orleans Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win United StatesAntonio Garcia KO 1 (4) 2001-10-25 United States Marriott Hotel, Irvine, California, United States
Loss United StatesIshe Smith UD 4 2001-06-15 United States Orleans Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win United StatesPedro Antonio Ochoa SD 4 2001-05-19 United States Fantasy Springs Casino, Indio, California, United States Alfonso's professional debut.

Random Information[edit]

Gomez has developed a small following on the forums at BoxRev (Boxrev.boards.net) and on Facebook as "The Gomez" similar to the Chuck Norris Internet fad in terms of theme.

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