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Eddie Gomez is off Canelo card with eye injury

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Welterweight Eddie Gomez is off the Canelo Alvarez-Liam Smith undercard after he suffered an eye injury in sparring, Golden Boy matchmaker Robert Diaz told RingTV.com on Tuesday.

The Bronx’s Gomez was set to face Dario Ferman (13-1, 10 knockouts) on the non-televised portion of Saturday’s undercard at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas when he suffered an “abrasion” on his eye in sparring, said Diaz, who was notified of the injury on Monday.

“He got hit and apparently got (hit) more inside the eye than outside because the abrasion is inside the eye,” Diaz said. “It started bothering him and it never got better over the weekend. The doctor told him he can’t fight. I know it’s a big disappointment to him, to us and to the fans.”

Gomez (19-1, 11 KOs) was trying to build on the momentum he collected after a nice win against John Karl Sosa in May in which he had to gut out a unanimous decision. It was his first fight in more than a year after languishing on the sideline while he decided whether to re-sign with Golden Boy, which he eventually did in February. Gomez suffered his only loss against fringe contender Francisco Santana in 2014.

It’s not known at this point how long the injury will keep the 24-year-old former amateur star on the shelf, Diaz said. “I’m waiting for the doctor to tell me that,” he said. “We don’t know (the extent) of the injury. I don’t think it’s bad from what they told me because it’s just a scratch that prevented him from fighting so soon. But I think in a couple weeks he’ll heal and get back into training for the next one.” Diaz has high hopes for Gomez, with an expectation he could possibly reach title contention by the latter part of 2017.

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