Gumina vs. Boyea rematch turning into a grudge fight
By John J. Raspanti, Doghouse Boxing (Oct 15, 2012)
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Joe Gumina
Joe Gumina (3-1, 2 KOs) of San Bruno, Ca. and Payton Boyea, (0-2, 0 KOs), a resident of San Francisco, will fight for the third time in their respective careers October 20 at the Thunder Valley Casino Resort in Lincoln, Ca.

Gumina and Boyea first boxed as amateurs. Gumina, nicknamed “The Punisher,” used his strength and punching power to win a decision. The 28-year-old joined the professional ranks in 2011. He explosively knocked out Jose Jesus Hurtado in less then a round at the Longshoremen’s Hall in San Francisco.  Gumina returned to the same venue two months later and knocked out Harry Gopaul in the opening round.

Boyea debuted as a professional in 2012. His first opponent would be the same boxer that Gumina put to sleep the year before, Harry Gopaul. Boyea came out fast that night, seeking a stoppage. He staggered Gopaul repeatedly with long right hands. However, by the end of the round, Gopaul was hurting Boyea with various punches. In round two, a Gopaul combination knocked Boyea on the apron.

Meanwhile, Gumina tangled with tough Tony Johnson in Salinas. In a give and take rumble, both fighters landed heavy punches. Johnson won by a split decision. A year later, the two boxers are friends.

“Tony and I spar,” said Gumina on the phone last week. “He’s a great guy.”

Gumina and Boyea reunited again as professionals two months ago at the Sports Center in Fairfield. In the first round, Gumina staggered Boyea with a body punch and stunned him with a jab.

“I hurt him so easily in the first round,” said Gumina.” I don’t usually think in there. It’s search and destroy. But I figured, what I’m going to learn if I knock this guy out in one minute?

“I also found my jab, something I lost three years ago.“

Gumina went on to win a four-round unanimous decision.

Boyea, 22, saw the fight differently.

“I believe I hurt him multiple times in our last bout,” he said.

When informed of Boyea’s comment about hurting him, Gumina chuckled.

“If he believes he hurt me, boxing might not be for him,” he said matter of factly. ”He’s either delusional, or someone in his camp is lying to him. I’ve never been hurt in a boxing match in my entire life.”

Boyea now feels he knows what it takes to defeat Gumina.

“I need to stick to the game plan and move my hands more,” he said.

Moving his hands more could mean standing in the center of the ring and trading punches. Gumina hopes that Boyea steps up to the challenge.

“If he does, I’ll be on the slot machines in thirty seconds,” he said.

On the undercard, Stan “The Man” Martyniouk (11-1, 2 KOs) collides with Johnny Frazier (2-9, 4 KOs) in a six-round featherweight contest. Martyniouk has fully recovered from a painful rib cartledge injury.

‘I’m really excited to get back in there,” said Martyniouk. Last June the 27-year-old stopped Dale Castillo in four rounds.

Laron Mitchell, the runner-up at the 2011 Olympic Trials in the super heavyweight division and Mario Ayala will be making their professional debuts.  Mike Guy (5-0, 3 KOs) and heavyweight Rodney Hernandez (3-1, 1 KO) will also be fighting.

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