Two-time Junior Olympic national champion Eddie Gomez, is the latest to make his mark in the world of professional boxing. The youngest of nine children, the 24-year-old Gomez has boxing in the blood, as his father Eddie Sr. boxed in his native Honduras. An honors student at JFK High School, Gomez hit the Dean’s List in amateur boxing as well, earning a 2010 NY Daily News Golden Gloves title that he added to his two Junior Olympic national championships. Gomez was not interested in staying in the amateur game, and when he announced that he was turning pro, he teamed up with Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions in October of 2010. Since turning pro, he has had notable wins against Steve Upsher Chambers, James Winchester, and John Karl Sosa where he won the IBF North American welterweight title.
One of the first fighters to sign with Golden Boy Promotions in 2016, Rashidi “Speedy” Ellis is a top welterweight prospect with world championship ambitions. Fighting is in the blood of the 23-year-old native of Lynn, Massachusetts, as his brother Ronald and sister Rashida are talented up and comers as well, and while karate was Ellis’ first love, he soon moved to boxing, where he compiled a 60-11 amateur record that included a trio of New England Golden Gloves titles and a PAL crown. In 2013, Ellis took his talents to the professional game, where he debuted with a decision win over Josh Beeman. After winning his first four bouts, he became a popular attraction on the Caribbean boxing circuit, where he has fought his last ten fights, winning all of them in Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic. Showing speed, power and plenty of ring savvy, Ellis was at his best when it counted most on March 14, 2015, as he stopped Victor Gonzalez in four rounds, winning the interim WBC Latino and vacant WBA Fedecentro welterweight titles. This year, he has had victorious bouts against Marco Antonio Lopez and Luis Hernandez.
At 19 years old, southpaw phenom Alexis Rocha has wasted no time in his pursuit of boxing gold and glory. The younger brother of current WBC Silver Featherweight champion Ronny Rios, Rocha was the youngest fighter to win a gold medal at the Junior Olympics at 14 years old in 2012 and caught the attention of the boxing world as he continued on to become a six-time national champion during his amateur career. After his standout amateur career, Rocha turned professional and signed with Golden Boy Promotions on January 25, 2016. Rocha made an electrifying professional debut on March 4, 2016, knocking out Jordan Rosario at the Belasco Theater in Los Angeles.
Currently trained by the famed Joel Diaz, Virgil Ortiz Jr. of Grand Prairie, Texas is a seven-time national champion, winner of the 2013 Junior Olympics with a record of 140-20.Ortiz began his career at five years old when he was introduced to the sport by his father and began competing at eight-years old. The decorated amateur signed with Golden Boy Promotions in 2016 and made his professional debut on July 30 at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino.