Kent’s Willie Gomez delivered a first-round knockout against Steven Hellman in a junior welterweight bout at the Fight Night, Fright Night Brawl Series 8 presented by PNW Boxing Promotions on Saturday night at Green River College.
Gomez made quick work of Hellman, of Great Falls, Montana, unloading early and dropping his opponent to the canvas with a hook to the body. Hellman got up quickly, but Gomez resumed the attack, landing a left hook and an uppercut that sent Hellman down for the last time.
Referee Louis Jakvony waved off the fight at 1:09 of the opening round of the scheduled four-round fight.
Gomez is 3-0 with two knockouts in his pro career. Hellman is 0-2.
Willie Gomez, 18, a senior at Kent-Meridian High School, is off to good start since turning pro earlier this year. He captured a four-round majority decision against Hamilton Ash in a welterweight bout at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma on Sept. 7.
It was closely contested, with both fighters opening up early. But Gomez flashed more polished boxing skills to pull away in the end. Two judges gave the nod to the 141-pound Gomez, 40-36 and 39-37; a third judge saw it as a 38-38 draw.
Gomez thrilled the crowd, earning Fighter of the Night honors, by stopping Milwaukie, Ore.’s Ian King in just over one minute in his pro debut between 138-pounders at the Clackamas (Ore.) Armory on Aug. 3.
Gomez, who has more than 50 amateur fights, trains under Keith Weir at the White Center PAL (Police Activities League) Gym in Seattle.
In the featured bout, Seattle light heavyweight Richard Vansiclen (7-0, 3 KOs) defeated Cameron Sevilla-Rivera (7-6-3, 5 KOs) in a six-round matchup.
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