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Encyclopedia > Wilfredo Gómez

Wilfredo Gómez (born October 29, 1956) is a former boxer and three time world champion. Nicknamed Bazooka, Gómez had, according to Ring Magazine, one of the highest knockout win percentages of all time, winning 88 percent of all his bouts by knockout. Ring Magazine placed Gómez at number thirteen of their all time greatest punchers list in 2003. October 29 is the 302nd day of the year (303rd in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 63 days remaining. ... 1956 is a leap year starting on Sunday. ... Boxer redirects here; for other meanings of boxer, see Boxer (disambiguation). ... Ring Magazine is a boxing magazine that was first published in 1922. ...

Wilfredo Gómez circa . This photo was by Gómez
Wilfredo Gómez circa 1980. This photo was autographed by Gómez

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Biography

Gómez conquered the world amateur championship in 1974 in Havana, Cuba. Coming from Puerto Rico, however, meant that the big bucks and exposure of the American media would not come easy, and Gómez had to move to Costa Rica, from where he began to tour all of Central America in hopes of finding matches. His professional debut came in Panama City, Panama, where he fought to a draw with Jacinto Fuentes. After this un-auspicious debut, he reeled off a streak of 33 knockout wins in a row, including wins over Fuentes, who was dispatched in 2 rounds in a rematch, and future world champion Alberto Davila, who lasted 9 rounds before being defeated. His 33 knockout wins in a row make him the world champion with the longest knockout streak in history. He is not, however, the boxer with the longest knockout streak in history, placing in third place behind Lamar Parks (44) and Billy Fox (43). Parks and Fox never gained world titles. This article is about the Cuban city. ... The Republic of Cuba is an archipelago in the northern Caribbean that lies at the confluence of the Caribbean Sea, the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean. ... The Commonwealth of Puerto Rico (Spanish: Estado Libre Asociado de Puerto Rico) is a self-governing unincorporated organized territory of the United States located east of the Dominican Republic in the northeastern Caribbean. ... The Republic of Costa Rica is a republic in Central America, bordered by Nicaragua to the north and Panama to the south-southeast. ... Central America is the region of North America located between the southern border of Mexico and the northwest border of Colombia, in South America. ... This is about the capital of Panama. ... Panama (Spanish: Panamá) is the southernmost country of Central America. ... Alberto Davila (born around 1960), is a Mexican_American who boxed during the 1970s and 1980s in boxings Bantamweight division, and, after realizing his dream of becoming a world champion, he could not enjoy it much. ...


Gómez's meteoric rise through his knockout streak caught the eye of the World Jr Featherweight champion Dong Hyung Yen, who travelled to San Juan, Puerto Rico to defend his crown against Gómez Yen had a promising start, dropping Gómez 30 seconds into the bout, but Gómez picked himself up and eventually won the crown, his first world title, with a 12th round knockout. His first defense took him to the Far East, where he beat former world champion Royal Kobayashi in 3 rounds in Tokyo. Kobayashi had lasted 5 rounds vs Alexis Arguello and 10 rounds vs Roberto Duran when Duran was a Featherweight. Next was Ryu Tomonari in a small city of Thailand. He lasted 2 rounds. San Juan is the capital of Puerto Rico. ... Far East is a term often used for East Asia and Southeast Asia combined, sometimes including also the easternmost territories of Russia, i. ... Tokyo (東京; Tōkyō, lit. ... Alexis Argüello (born April 19, 1952), is a former world champion Nicaragua. ... Roberto Duran (b. ... The Kingdom of Thailand is a country in Southeast Asia, bordering Laos and Cambodia to the east, the Gulf of Thailand and Malaysia to the south, and the Andaman Sea and Myanmar to the west. ...

Gómez in an interview with Miguel Hernández in Cuba, December 2003.

Gómez kept on going until his streak reached 33 knockouts in a row.Those 33 knockouts in a row included his biggest victory ever, a 4 knockdown, 5 round defeat of Mexican world Bantamweight champion Carlos Zarate, who was 55-0 with 54 knockout wins coming into their San Juan bout. Also included in that streak was future world champion Leo Cruz, beaten in 13 rounds at San Juan. After recording his 33rd. knockout win in a row, he moved up in weight to face the dangerous champion Salvador Sanchez of Mexico. Not realizing Sanchez was a sensational champion on his own , Gómez undertrained and lost a brutal bout by a knockout in 8 rounds in Las Vegas. Puerto Rico was shocked by Gómez's defeat, and Gómez himself learned a lesson in life: to never underestimate a foe. Wilfredo Gomez in an interview with Miguel Hernández in Cuba, December 2003 This image has been released into the public domain by the copyright holder, its copyright has expired, or it is ineligible for copyright. ... Wilfredo Gomez in an interview with Miguel Hernández in Cuba, December 2003 This image has been released into the public domain by the copyright holder, its copyright has expired, or it is ineligible for copyright. ... The Republic of Cuba is an archipelago in the northern Caribbean that lies at the confluence of the Caribbean Sea, the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean. ... The United Mexican States or Mexico (Spanish: Estados Unidos Mexicanos or México; regarding the use of the variant spelling Méjico, see section The name below) is a country located in North America, bordered to the north by the United States of America, to the southeast by Guatemala and Belize, to... Carlos Zarate Serna (born May 23, 1951) in Tepito, Distrito Federal, Mexico, and better known in the world of boxing plainly as Carlos Zarate, has the distinction of being the only boxer in history to put together two streaks of 20 or more knockout wins in a row. ... Leonardo Cruz (born approx. ... Salvador Sánchez Santiago (January 26, 1959 - August 12, 1982) was a Mexican boxer born in the small town of Santiago Tianguistenco, Mexico. ... The United Mexican States or Mexico (Spanish: Estados Unidos Mexicanos or México; regarding the use of the variant spelling Méjico, see section The name below) is a country located in North America, bordered to the north by the United States of America, to the southeast by Guatemala and Belize, to... This article is about the city of Las Vegas in Nevada. ...


Hoping to get a rematch with Sanchez, Gómez went back to the Jr Featherweight division, where he got a dispense from the WBC to make 2 preparation bouts before defending his title again. He did so and won 2 non title bouts in a row , both by knockout in the 2nd round, one over the capable Jose Luis Soto, who was a stablemate of Julio Cesar Chavez back in Culiacan, Mexico. Wins over future world champ Juan 'Kid' Meza, knocked out in six in Atlantic City, and Juan Antonio Lopez, knocked out in ten as part of the Larry Holmes vs. Gerry Cooney undercard followed, but all chances of a rematch with Sanchez were dashed when Sanchez died tragically in a car crash outside Mexico City the morning of August 12th , 1982. Mexico mourned their gone champion, and all of Latin America joined Mexico in their pain. Gómez, who was training to defend against Mexican Roberto Rubaldino only 5 days later, took a quick trip to Mexico to offer Sanchez flowers and then returned to Puerto Rico the same afternoon. He beat Rubaldino by knockout in 8 rounds and made 1 more title defense, against the Mexican bantamweight world champ Lupe Pintor in the Carnival of Champions in New Orleans, winning by knockout in 14 in a wild and historic fight. The Pintor contest was the only time a Gómez fight was showcased on HBO. This article is about a professional boxing organisation. ... Julio César Chávez (born July 12, 1962 in Culiacán, Sinaloa) is a Mexican world champion boxer who won world titles in 3 different divisions, went undefeated for 89 bouts before originally retiring with a record of 104-5-2, with 80 knockouts. ... Night view of Alvaro Obregón Avenue Culiacán is a city in North West Mexico, capital and biggest city of the state of Sinaloa with 745,532 inhabitants and considered the 15th largest in the country. ... Alternate meanings: See Atlantic City (disambiguation) Atlantic City is a city located in USA. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 40,517. ... Juan Antonio López (June 15, 1952 in Culiacán, Sinaloa, Mexico - June 29, 2004 in Culiacán) was a former boxer. ... Larry Holmes vs. ... Mexico City (Spanish: Ciudad de México) is the federal capital of and largest city in Mexico. ... August 12 is the 224th day of the year (225th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar. ... Latin America consists of the countries of South America and some of North America (including Central America and some the islands of the Caribbean) whose inhabitants mostly speak Romance languages, although Native American languages are also spoken. ... The Commonwealth of Puerto Rico (Spanish: Estado Libre Asociado de Puerto Rico) is a self-governing unincorporated organized territory of the United States located east of the Dominican Republic in the northeastern Caribbean. ... Guadalupe Pintor (born April 13, 1955), better known as Lupe Pintor in the boxing world, is a former boxer from Cuajimalpa, Mexico. ... The Carnival Of Champions, as Don King nicknamed it, was an important boxing event held in New Orleanss Superdome on December 3, 1982. ... New Orleans is the largest city in the state of Louisiana, United States of America. ... For alternate meanings of HBO, see HBO (disambiguation). ...


By the time he was done with the Jr Featherweights, Gómez had established a division record of 17 defenses, and a world record of most defenses in a row won by knockout, all his defenses finishing before the established distance limit.


He then re-tried winning the Featherweight title and this time, he achieved his dream, winning his second world title by dethroning the durable Juan Laporte, a fellow Puerto Rican who had won the title left vacant by Sanchez's untimely departure. He beat Laporte by a 12 round unanimous decision. This time, however, it didn't last that long. Ahead on all scorecards, Gómez was the victim of a rally by Azumah Nelson of Ghana who knocked him out in 11 exhiliarating rounds in San Juan, December 8, 1984. Nelson himself proved a great champion and future hall of famer by making a string of defenses in the Featherweights and becoming a 3 time world champion himself later. Featherweight is a weight class division in the sport of boxing. ... Juan Laporte (born November 24, 1959) is a former boxer who was born in Guayama, Puerto Rico. ... Puerto Rican can refer to anybody who was born in or whose ancestors are from Puerto Rico. ... Azumah Nelson (born September 19, 1958) is a former boxer who was a three time world champion. ... The Republic of Ghana is a nation in West Africa. ... December 8 is the 342nd day (343rd in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ...


Gómez wanted either a rematch with Nelson or a shot at Jr Lightweight world champ Rocky Lockridge of New Jersey, whichever came first. Lockridge was first to knock on the doors, and the 2 battled an exciting 15 round bout in San Juan, Gómez being given an extremely close 15 round decision, which many experts have said Lockridge deserved, but also which in the opinion of most who saw it life, was a justified decision. This article needs cleanup. ... State nickname: The Garden State Other U.S. States Capital Trenton Largest city Newark Governor Richard Codey Official languages None defined Area 22,608 km² (47th)  - Land 19,231 km²  - Water 3,378 km² (14. ...


This reign also came to an end quick, Gómez being handed his 3rd loss at the hands of young Alfredo Layne by knockout in 9 rounds. Layne proved he wasn't an exceptional champion by losing the title in his first title defense, and it became obvious Gómez's best years had gone by, so he retired after this fight.


Gómez tried a comeback in 1988 and 1989, but after winning 2 more bouts by knockout, he realized boxing wasn't in his heart anymore and retired for good. He later moved to Venezuela, where he made a few wrong decisions and ran into trouble with the law. But he rebounded and is now back in Puerto Rico, getting his life back on track, and helping the legendary 3 time world champion Hector 'Macho' Camacho with the training of Camacho's son Hector 'Machito' Camacho Jr., who is a prospect in the Jr Welterweight division. The Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela (Spanish: República Bolivariana de Venezuela)1 is a country in northern South America. ... Hector Camacho Jr. ...


Gómez is also a member of the International Boxing Hall of Fame and, during July of 2002, plans to take his life to Hollywood's big screen were announced. Bazooka: The Battles of Wilfredo Gómez was released on April of 2004, although it did not make it to movie theaters, being showcased on HBO instead. The modern International Boxing Hall of Fame is located in Canastota, New York, United States, within driving distance from the Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown and the International Soccer Hall Of Fame in Oneonta. ... July is the seventh month of the year in the Gregorian Calendar and one of seven Gregorian months with the length of 31 days. ... For other uses, see Hollywood (disambiguation) Greetings from Hollywood Hollywood is a district of the City of Los Angeles, California, U.S.A., that runs from about Vermont Avenue on the east to just beyond Laurel Canyon Boulevard above Sunset and Crescent Heights Boulevards on the west; the north to... April is the fourth month of the year in the Gregorian Calendar and one of four with the length of 30 days. ...


Gómez had a record of 44 win, 3 losses and 1 draw, with 42 knock out wins.


See also

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External links

  • Gómez record at boxrec.com (http://boxrec.com/boxer_display.php?boxer_id=002542)
  • Wilfredo Gomez Biography at the International Boxing Hall of Fame Website (http://www.ibhof.com/gomez.htm)
  • Oneeyedfilms "Bazooka: The Battles of Wilfredo Gomez" (http://www.oneeyedfilms.com/bazooka.htm)

 
 

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