Standing next to the BMW, welterweight boxer Alfonso Gomez gently brushes his hand over the surface of the hood, admiring its beauty. “It’s a great looking car,” the 27-year-old (who is dressed to the nines), says wistfully. “It imposes a feeling of altitude, somebody who has money and prestige.”
The 2007 Platinum Edition BMW 3-Series coupe is definitely a car Gomez aspires to have one day, especially riding on 20-inch Hartge Classic wheels wrapped in Falken 245/30R20 front and 285/25R20 rear tires. The H&R suspension kit, M-Tech front bumper with add-on lip and Reiger rear bumper diffuser and deck lid spoiler add to its class.
For now, the 5-foot, 9-inch Gomez is satisfied driving around L.A. in his less than prestigious Outlander. “I used to have a Chrysler 300,” he recalls. “I was enjoying life—but like anybody who didn’t have money who suddenly gets some—I pretty much splurged it. But, I’m glad I’ve learned my lesson. One day, when I have millions, I’ll have beautiful cars.”
With an 18-3 record, Gomez hopes that day comes after he defeats current undefeated World Boxing Association Welterweight champion Miguel Cotto (31-0) in their upcoming fight on April 12th in Atlantic City, New Jersey. An underdog in most eyes, Gomez feels he can prove the odds-makers wrong as he prepares for the biggest fight of his life. “Strategically, I’m pretty much prepared for the fight,” he says, pumping his fists back in forth, giving us a preview of what’s to come. “I’m there 100 percent emotionally, mentally and physically. That day, Mexico and the Gomez team will have a new champion.”