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Quick Q And A With Manchester's Michael Gomez

14.07.07 - By James Slater: Last night, at the Leva Kirakosyan-Carl Johanneson rematch in Barnsley, North Yorkshire, I was seated next to former British and WBU super-featherweight champion, Michael Gomez. Gomez, now aged thirty, was extremely lively and animated as the main event took place. Telling me that he is scheduled to face the winner, the Manchester tough guy who holds wins over the likes of Alex Arthur, Craig Docherty and, of course, last night's eventual victor in Kirakosyan, informed me how he would beat either man. Here is what Gomez had to say both before and after last night's European super-featherweight clash..

James Slater: Are you supposed to fight the winner of tonight's fight, Michael?

Michael Gomez: Yeah, I'm fighting tonight's winner. And I don't care who it is, I'd smash either one.

J.S: You beat Kirakosyan didn't you?

M.G: Yeah, I knocked him out in six rounds ( the bout, held in October 2004, was stopped due to a bad cut suffered by Leva, at the end of six rounds). He can punch. He had me break dancing in the fifth round (laughs).

J.S: Can Carl get revenge tonight?

M.G: Everyone keeps asking me. I think it's a fifty/fifty fight. Maybe Carl can pull it off. The thing is, Carl needs to land three or four [punches] but Kirakosyan only needs to land one.

J.S: Would you fight Carl in Leeds if he wins?

M.G: I don't mind. I'm from Manchester, I don't give a shit. Yeah, get us a phone box in Leeds!

J.S: How about Kirakosyan again?

M.G: I knocked him out before. I would do again. Whoever wins, I'll beat them.

Then the fight began and as we know Kirakosyan destroyed Johanneson in four short rounds. After his win the European champion recognised Gomez upon leaving the ring. He pointed at Gomez and smiled. Gomez began jumping up and down excitedly and calling for a rematch in good natured fun. "Show us the money," one of Leva's seconds said in his broken English. Gomez fired back, "I've got the money. Everyone has been trying to sign me up. You and me, yeah?" It didn't look to this writer as though anything had been anywhere near signed, but a rematch between Gomez, now 2-0(2) in his latest come-back, and Kirakosyan would indeed be an interesting fight. Michael is, after all the last man to have defeated Leva.

"You want to get back in with him?!" I asked Gomez after the frightening display of power the thirty-three year old from Armenia had just put on.

M.G: I'll hurt him. I'm not bothered [about how good Kirakosyan just looked] I'll beat him again. I want the fight.

J.S: You are in a great position now, being as you were the last man to beat him.


M.G: I'm the best. Get me back on the top of the bill where I belong! ( Gomez raises his arms in a triumphant pose)

J.S: Well, best of luck if you do get the fight.

M.G: I don't need it [luck]. He needs the good luck, not me.

Gomez-Kirakosyan II. Hopefully the fight can be made soon. It could well be a war!

Article posted on 15.07.2007



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