The lucky fans who attended FFC 35 in the sold out Fight Dome in Las Vegas were treated to a boxing classic between Mayweather’s Kevin Johnson and Utah brawler Larry Gomez.
For Vegas-based, Detroit-born Johnson, Gomez represented a tough domestic opponent who had yet to taste defeat in his eight professional boxing bouts. When you factor in Gomez’s seven knockouts and his brawling style, Johnson would’ve been foolish to expect an easy night.
Gomez obliged and stood toe-to-toe for eighteen minutes with Johnson, with both men throwing everything at each other, refusing to drop to the canvas. The passionate crowd was split between the red and blue corner, with a strong Utah following roaring Gomez forward.
Johnson, under the tutelage of Otis Templeton and Roger Mayweather reeled off his combinations and looked to take control of the ring… but Gomez just kept coming back and throwing everything at the Michigan man.
The capacity crowd were brought to their feet at the conclusion of the six-round super lightweight bout, with refereeing legend Tony Weeks in awe of both boxers. The judges’ decisions reflected the back-and-forth nature of the bout, with the scorecards split but in favour of Kevin Johnson.
Johnson moves to 2-0 under the FFC banner, with a title shot seemingly in sights for the twenty-six-year-old. Who’s next for Johnson?