In a battle of unbeaten cruiserweights, Joe “The Punisher” Gumina and Anthony Johnson are primed and ready to rumble September 2 at the Sports Complex in Salinas, California.
Johnson (4-0, 1 KO) has been inactive for twenty-one months. The 28-year-old began his career in 2009 with a victory over Henry Wells. Johnson fought three more times that year winning them all. His involvement in the MMA caused him to take a break from boxing for almost two years. Johnson’s back now and more motivated then ever.
Gumina (2-0, 2 KOs) made his professional debut at the Longshoreman’s Hall in San Francisco last February. He stopped Jose Hurtada in just over a minute. Two months later he returned to the Hall to face Harry Gopaul.
When the first round began Gumina charged out of his corner like a modern day raging bull, pushing Gopaul into the ropes and knocking him down with a series of tomahawk right hands. Gopaul got up and tried to retaliate, but his punches missed the mark. Gumina kept bobbing and weaving and looking to land his money punch. Near the fifty second mark, he let fly with a overhand right that deposited Gopaul on the seat of his pants. Gopaul got up but within seconds was staggered again by a short jolting uppercut.
The referee had seen enough and waved off the affair at the 54 second mark.
As his third fight approaches, Gumina is more then ready.
“I feel like I’m in the best shape of my life, “ Gumina said. “ My trainer and I feel that out of four possible fights, this is our best training camp so far.”
Gumina sparred with Johnson three years ago and remembers his upcoming opponent.
“”He’s got some long arms and a pretty good jab. He’s a tough kid. I’ve got a lot of respect for him. I’ve progressed in my boxing skills in the last two years, so it’s going to be interesting to see what happens,“ said Gumina.
Eloy “Prince” Perez (21-0-2, 5 Kos) will be taking on Daniel Jimenez (20-3-1, 12 KOs) in the 10-round junior lightweight main event. The fight is a homecoming for the world ranked and undefeated Perez.
“I’m excited to finally fight in front of my adopted hometown fans in Salinas,” Perez told 3rounds.com. “This is history in the making because this is the first time there will be world-class boxing in Salinas.”
Perez last fight was a decision victory of Alejandro Rodriguez on April 15. Unbeaten bantamweight prospect Manual “Tino” Avila takes on Rueben Calderon in a six rounder while middleweights James Parison and Paul Mendez are also scheduled to battle in another six rounder.
Golden Boy Promotions in association with Don Chargin and Paco Presents are promoting. Tickets, priced at $35, $45, $65 and $125, are on sale now. Please call Garcia Boxing at (831) 261-0532.