News October 2007

20.10.07 Johanneson stops Gomez

Mark Staniforth, PA Sport

Carl Johanneson retained his British super-featherweight title and surely ended the career of Michael Gomez after a predictably wild shoot-out at the Doncaster Dome.

The Leeds man claimed victory with 10 seconds remaining of round six when, after flooring Gomez with a sweeping right hook, he piled on the pressure and forced referee Mickey Vann to intervene.

It was a stunning win for Johanneson whose own career had been in jeopardy three months ago when he suffered a shock second knockout at the hands of Leva Kirakosyan.

And he had to overcome a predictably torrid opening assault from Manchester's Gomez, who had got his own career back on track with two successive stoppage victories.

Indeed Gomez had threatened to steamroller Johanneson from the opening seconds as he barged out hurling uppercuts up close, leaving his opponent with a badly bloodied nose by the end of the first round.

It was more of the same at the start of the second, with Johanneson's left jabs having little effect and a fired-up Gomez maintaining constant pressure as he sought to complete a stunning early win.

However, by the end of the second Johanneson was enjoying a little more success and he finished the round with a chopping right which clearly rocked Gomez moments before the bell.

Both fighters were flinging home bombs in the third in a fight which was living up to its billing as a small-hall fight of the year, Johanneson having success with a straight left but Gomez responding with the much better work inside.

The wild brawl continued into round four with Gomez shrugging off a cut over his right eye to reassert his authority, and a savage start to the fifth by the Manchester man had Johanneson covering up on the ropes.

But again Johanneson fired back with scything hooks of his own towards the end of the round, catching the judges' eyes in a see-saw contest which few had expected to reach the half-way mark.

Suddenly, midway through the sixth round Gomez looked a spent force.

Johanneson pushed him back with a succession of sweeping hooks then dumped the Manchester man onto the canvas with a right.

Although he clambered up at the count of eight, Gomez was rocked again by another right hook to the head and referee Vann made a wise intervention despite Gomez's protests.

Johanneson's promoter and trainer Frank Maloney said: "Carl did everything he was asked to do. He got back to basics and he was never really in any trouble really.

"Carl boxed very sensibly. We always knew the first few rounds could be a bit heavy weather but it was plain sailing after that. It was a great performance and it gets his career back on track."

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