“The strategy was to go in there nice and calm, but I felt early that he could not handle my hand speed and power,” said Gomez. “I just got loose and let it go in there.”
The Havana-native Gomez hurt Collard almost instantly out of the gate, staggering him with a combination that led him to up his aggression in hopes of ending the fight early. Collard, who had made a reputation of upsetting and giving rising prospects tough challenges, was unable to recover from the early shot he took.
“I knew that he was a tough fighter, so I came prepared with this mentality to get the job done,” said Gomez. “A lot of people say that he beat good fighters, so my only goal was to take him out.”
Gomez would score a knockdown in the round with a vicious left-right combo of hooks and finished the fight shortly after with a relentless flurry that forced referee Earl Brown to call off the fight 2:11 into the round.
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