Rashidi Ellis Easily Defeats Eddie Gomez In Rematch!
Returning to the ring after a year layoff, rising welterweight contender Rashidi Ellis (22-0, 14 KO’s) picked up a unanimous decision win (100-90, 99-91, 99-91) in a rematch over Eddie Gomez (23-4, 13 KO’s) for the WBA Continental America’s Welterweight title.
When these two fought the first time on December 16, 2016 Ellis came out guns blazing as he caught Gomez early and finishing him via spectacular first-round knockout. This time things followed a different script.
The fighter known as “Speedy” took the first two rounds to shake off the rust while coming forward behind the jab. Meanwhile, Gomez was content trying to counter with left hooks.
Finding his rhythm in round three, Ellis went into “boxing mode” and was dominant for the rest of the fight. The footwork was outstanding as he stepped around his opponent, creating openings for the jab/straight right-hand combination. Whenever Gomez attempted to get off with hard shots, he was countered smoothly with one and two-punch combinations.
This was easy work. Easy to the point where in the middle rounds, frustration for not being able to find his opponent caused Gomez to blatantly try to headbutt Ellis on a break. He was extremely lucky to only get a warning as the intent was evident.
There was nothing Gomez could do. He was literally a moving but hit-able target for the faster, more athletic and smarter Ellis.
While not repeating the knockout win from their first fight, the 26-year-old from Massachusetts was just as dominant. It has to be asked afterward, “was this rematch even necessary? What was the point?”
It’s time for Ellis to fight better competition in 2020. He is clearly one of the better rising contender not only within the Golden Boy Promotions stable, but in the welterweight division. It’s time for the Lynn, Massachusetts product to take the next step in his career.
By: Michael Wilson Jr.