NEW YORK -- Two prospects engaged in a step-up scrap, and Eddie Gomez of the Bronx got the better of it at Barclays Center on Thursday evening. Gomez beat Daquan Arnett in a rematch of an amateur tussle the two youngsters had almost a decade ago.
Gomez, who came in with 15-0 mark, used an edge in hand speed, volume and power to nab a unanimous decision over ten rounds on a Golden Boy card.
The scores were 98-91, 97-92, 97-92 for the victor, who sent the loser to the mat in Round 7 off a right stunner and a left hook to the body.
Gomez popped a nice jab early. Arnett woke up in Round 2, and the two started to trade more than their quiet first. A long right cross tagged Gomez, and the crowd murmured in sympathy in Round 3. Gomez had warmed up and was having fun, dancing and popping, in Round 4 against the Floridian. A right hand popped Arnett's head back after Gomez backed him up against the ropes early in the 5th.
Gomez's right hand stung his opponent several times in a nice round for the guy. Gomez took the 6th, being busier, mixing hooks in with rights and a snappy jab. A body shot put Arnett down in the seventh, and he almost got stopped as the doctor took a step up the steps but backed down. Arnett scored with some short counter rights in the eighth after Gomez landed a harsh right, which sent blood spraying. Gomez wasn't busy in the 9th.
In the 10th, Arnett looked to land heavy, knowing he was likely behind on the cards.