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Southland fighters Frankie Gomez, Joseph Diaz Jr. on Las Vegas card

January 03, 2013|By Lance Pugmire
  • South El Monte's Joseph Diaz Jr., right, shown fighting Cuba's Lazaro Alvarez Estrada during the London Olympics, is part of the Feb. 2 card at the Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas.
South El Monte's Joseph Diaz Jr., right, shown fighting Cuba's… (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles…)

Frankie Gomez and Joseph Diaz Jr., two of the Southland’s rising boxing stars, will appear in separate fights at the Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas on Feb. 2, their promoter announced Thursday.

East Los Angeles welterweight Gomez (14-0, 11 knockouts) finished 2012 with consecutive knockouts, the last of which was a first-round flooring of veteran Pavel Miranda on Dec. 15 at the Los Angeles Sports Arena on the Amir Khan-Carlos Molina undercard.

Gomez will headline the Cosmopolitan show, to be televised by Fox Sports networks beginning at 8 p.m., in a scheduled 10-round bout against Houston’s Lanard Lane (13-2, eight KOs).

South El Monte’s Diaz Jr., 19, made his pro debut on the Dec. 15 card, cruising to a unanimous-decision victory after participating in the 2012 Olympics for the U.S.

His Feb. 2 opponent is yet to be announced.

The card will also include a bout with Cleveland’s super-featherweight Mickey Bey (18-0-1, nine KOs), a 2004 U.S. Olympian.


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