Wilfredo Gomez

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Wilfredo Gomez
Wilfredo Gómez
Gómez c.2003
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Real name Wilfredo Gómez Rivera
Nickname(s) Bazooka
Weight(s) Super bantamweight
Featherweight
Super featherweight
Height 5 ft 5 in (165 cm)
Citizenship Puerto Rican
Birthday/Birthplace (1956-10-29) October 29, 1956
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 48
Wins 44
Wins by KO 42
Losses 3
Draws 1

Medal record

Men’s amateur boxing
Representing  Puerto Rico
World Amateur Championships
Havana 1974 Bantamweight

Wilfredo_Gomez’s Biography

Amateur world champion in Cuba in 1974, Gomez was forced to live in Panama for several years, because he could not find opponents in Puerto Rico. Debuts as a professional in Panama, being relegated to a six round draw by Jacinto Fuentes. After that fight, he chained a total of 32 wins by way of the knockout, thus entering the exclusive group of boxers with 20 or more wins by knockout followed. His string of consecutive knockouts places him in third place among all boxers in terms of victories won by knockout, only surpassed by Lamar Park, with 44, and Billy Fox with 43. However, between the world champions he and Deontay Wilder are the that longest chain of knockouts achieved throughout history, because Park and Fox were not world champions. When Wilder won his world heavyweight (or heavyweight) World Boxing Council title by defeating Bermane Stiverne by points, he tied with Gomez for world champions with the long streak of knockout victories in history, but at the same time time assured that he could not break the record now belonging to him and Gómez.

In 1977, and even in the midst of that chain of victories by knockout, World Boxing Council (WBC) super bantamweight champion, Dong Kiung Yum from South Korea, travels to Puerto Rico to defend the world crown. before Gómez. Gómez visited the canvas in the first round of this bout, but recovered and knocked out Yem in twelve rounds, becoming world champion for the first time.

Gómez successfully defended the title 17 times, all by knockout, setting a world record for consecutive defenses by knockout in any division, and also the record of defenses in the Super-bantamweight. Among others, he defeated world champions Leo Cruz, Juan Meza, Lupe Pintor and Carlos Zárate. Zarate defeated him in five rounds, and his fight against Pintor, which lasted fourteen rounds, is considered by critics and experts as one of the best fights in history.

On August 21, 1981, Gómez gained weight to challenge the WBC featherweight world champion, Salvador Sánchez. In what many consider the greatest victory of a Mexican over a Puerto Rican in the history of boxing, Sánchez defeats Gómez by knockout in the eighth round, surprising even the bettors of Las Vegas, host city of the fight, which gave Gómez favorite to win.

Gómez lost weight immediately, to defend the super-bantam crown four more times, hoping Sanchez would give him a rematch. Said rematch never arrived, however, because Sánchez died, on August 12, 1982, in a car accident on the San Luis Potosí – Queretaro highway. Among his 4 defenses in 1982, the combats stand out against Juan Meza, future world champion Super Gallo weight, knocked out in six rounds in Atlantic City, New Jersey, and Lupe Painter, in a fight that is generally considered among the most emotional and violent combats in the history of sports, when Gómez, with eye and cheek injuries , managed to defeat the future member of the boxing international boxing fame by knockout in the fourteenth assault. While this was happening, Juan Laporte, another Puerto Rican, would be crowned WBC featherweight world champion when he won the crown vacated by Sánchez’s death.

In 1984, Gómez gained weight again and challenged Laporte, winning this time, by unanimous decision in twelve rounds. Having conquered his second world title, Gómez waited nine months to defend his crown, but lost the title in his first defense, falling knocked out in eleven rounds against Azumah Nelson, of Ghana.

Gomez began 1985 hoping for a rematch with Nelson or an opportunity against the junior lightweight world champion of the World Boxing Association (WBA), Rocky Lockridge. Lockridge agreed to fight with Gómez, so Gómez gained weight again, and on May 19 of that year, he becomes the eighth boxer to conquer three world crowns, besides being the fourth Latin American and the second Puerto Rican to achieve such a feat , by defeating Lockridge by a closed decision divided into fifteen rounds.

Like when he reigned at featherweight, Gomez lost the lightweight junior crown in his first defense, knocked out in nine rounds by Panamanian Alfredo Layne, who was executed by Colombian hit men in 1999 when he was involved in a cocaine trade. in which the agreed cargo was stolen, for which he was tortured and murdered in Panama City.

After two additional victories in 1988 and 1989, Gómez announced his retirement. Then he lived in Venezuela and Colombia before returning to his homeland. In 1995 Gómez was elected to the International Boxing Hall of Fame. During his period as super-bantamweight world champion, from 1977 to 1983, Gómez managed to be considered a national hero in Puerto Rico, a title that most Puerto Ricans still grant him.

Gómez had a record of 44 wins, 3 losses and a draw, with 42 wins by knockout.

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Whole Name Wilfredo Gomez
Astrological sign Scorpio

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