Gomez looks to take next step

By Tom Price Jr.

Modestly, Tania Gomez says she doesn't know where her boxing career might take her. The 31-year-old from Farmersville is 2-1 in her virgining career and still has a lot to learn. She says a lot of fights stand between her and a chance at a title and it is just too early to tell.

Her trainer, Doug Henderson, of Exeter, on the other hand has a clear vision of what lies before the lightweight southpaw.

"It's going to happen," Henderson said. "She is the hardest working, most dedicated athlete that I have ever worked with."

That means a lot coming from a man that has trained hundreds of boxers during 15 years with the USA Boxing Club.

The next step for Gomez who turned pro in February of 2003, is a four-round bout with Tracy Carlton of Palmdale on April 15, at the "Tax Day Rumble" at the Palace Indian Gaming Center in Lemoore.

Carlton made headlines last month when Tanya Harding, ice skater turned professional boxer, backed out of a fight scheduled for March 20. Harding's camp claimed that Carlton directed racial slurs at her and threated her life.

Carlton denied the charges and said that she told Harding she was going to "put her back in her skates because she is not a boxer and kick her butt."

Gomez is not easily intimidated and says anything that happens outside the ring doesn't affect her.

"For me, the intimidation doesn't start until I get in the ring, outside the ring I am just myself," Gomez said. "Trying to intimidate doesn't work for me and I don't think it works for others."

Gomez, who trains at the Boys and Girls Club in Exeter ,will weigh in for the fight at Auto World in Fresno today.

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