Re: Wilfredo Gomez
Thank you Titofan for sharing that documentary.
The documentary is dramatic highlighting the punches and significant moments which make it an exciting watch.
Wilfredo Gomez was an all-action fighter with great fundamental boxing skills. He came forward behind a strong jab, vicious left hook and pulverising right hand. Gomez had exceptional stamina, endurance, chin and broke down his opponents at 122lb. He made 17 defences and all by stoppage. Nobody could beat him at the weight.
When Wilfredo first fought for the title against Dong he got over excited and knocked down by a brutal left hook. To come back from that and knocking out the champion showed great composure and inner belief.
Gomez then had his first legacy fight brutally stopping Carlos Zarate who was one of the greatest Bantamweight champions of all time with an undefeated 52-0 record in 1978.
I loved Gomez footwork against Eddie Ndukwu and his goading of his rival who had previously stopped him in the amateurs Derrik Holmes was barbaric. What was Holmes’s corner and referee thinking?
Wilfredo Gomez went up to featherweight and got brutally beaten by Salvador Sanchez who was a great fighter in his own right. Gomez went down back to his best weight and had an absolute war with Lupe Pinter. Another great fighter of his time.
The documentary did not show his loss to Asumah Nelson and moving up again to featherweight but by then his best days were behind him.
You have mentioned Wilfredo Gomez before but because he was just before my time, and I had read about him losing to other great boxers I did not make time to watch him. I have watched this documentary twice it was that good. My favourite PR boxers are Macho Man, Tito Trinidad and Cotto.
Do not let success go to your head and do not let failure get to your heart.