|Real name||Harold Gomes|
|Rated at||Super featherweight
|Height||5 ft 5 in (1.65 m)|
August 22, 1933 |
Providence, Rhode Island,
|Wins by KO||24|
Harold Gomes (born August 22, 1933 in Providence, Rhode Island) is a former professional boxer. He fought 60 times between 1951 and 1963; winning 50 (24 by knockout) and losing 10. The highlight of Gomes's career came in 1959 when he won the world super featherweight title against Paul Jorgensen.
Gomes fought as a professional for the first time in September 1951 at the age of 18. His debut was against Billy St Pierre at the Rhode Island Auditorium in his hometown, the venue for his first thirteen professional fights. Billy St Pierre was knocked out in the second round, giving Gomes his first professional victory. Gomes remained undefeated until January 1954, when he lost a ten round decision to Tommy Tibbs, a man that Gomes had beaten twice in 1952 and once in 1953. In March 1954 Gomes claimed the first title of his career when he beat Johnny O'Brien, via a twelve round unanimous decision, for the USA New England featherweight title at the Boston Garden. Gomes suffered two knockout defeats in the second half of 1954, both to Tibbs in Boston. Following his second knockout loss to Tibbs, Gomes won twelve fights in a row, including a rematch against O'Brien for the New England title. His run of victories was ended in August 1957 when he lost a unanimous ten-round decision to Isidro Martinez at the Boston Arena.
After eight successive victories following his loss to Martinez, Gomes fought for the vacant world super featherweight title against Jorgensen, a man he had defeated earlier in the year, in July 1959. The fight lasted the fifteen round distance, with Gomes knocked down four times and Jorgensen repeatedly cautioned for low blows. The scorecards of the judges were all in favour of Gomes, thus making him the new world champion. Following his world title victory, Gomes was named the Ring Magazine fighter of the month.
Gomes's world title reign was ended in his first defence, when he lost to the Filipino challenger Flash Elorde in March 1960. Gomes, who was the betting favourite, was fighting outside the United States for the first time, as the contest was held at the Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City. The sellout crowd of 26,000 watched Elorde knock Gomes down five times en route to a seventh round knockout victory. A rematch took place in August at the Civic Auditorium in San Francisco. Elorde claimed the victory after one minute and twenty seconds of the opening round. Elorde scored a knockdown with a left hand to the face, and although Gomes was able to rise to his feet at the count of seven, he was knocked out with a combination soon after.
Gomes did not participate in a world title fight again in his career, which contained eight further fights. After four successive wins, he lost a split decision to Johnny Bizzarro before being knocked out in his final three professional fights, including his final fight, a one round knockout defeat to Dave Coventry in October 1963, in London.
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