Juan Carlos Gómez

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Juan Carlos Gómez
Statistics
Nickname(s) Pantera Negra
("Black Panther")
Rated at
Height 6 ft 3 12 in (192 cm)
Reach 80 12 in (204 cm)
Nationality Cuban
Born (1973-07-26) 26 July 1973 (age 43)
Havana, Cuba
Stance Southpaw
Boxing record
Total fights 60
Wins 55
Wins by KO 39
Losses 4
No contests 1

Juan Carlos Gómez (born July 26, 1973) is a Cuban professional boxer. He held the WBC cruiserweight title from 1998 to 2002, making ten defences of the title, and has challenged once for the WBC heavyweight title in 2009.

Amateur career[edit]

  • Amateur Record: 158-12
  • 1990 – Gold Medal World Junior Championships in Lima at 75 kg
  • 1994 – Represented Cuba at the Chemistry Cup, his results were:

Defeated Jan Schwank (Germany) 9-4

Lost to Sven Ottke (Germany) 9-9

  • 1994 – Competed at the USA Vs Cuba Cup in Ledyard, USA

Defeated Antonio Tarver (USA) 10-10

  • 1995 – Represented Cuba at the Chemistry Cup, his results were:

Lost to Thomas Ulrich (Germany)12-16

Professional career[edit]

Cruiserweight[edit]

The southpaw turned pro as a cruiser for Universum box promotions. On February 21, 1998, in Mar del Plata, Argentina, Gómez won the WBC Cruiserweight title from reigning champion, Marcelo Fabian Dominguez via a unanimous decision.

Nicknamed "Black Panther", Gómez ruled the cruiserweight division from 1998–2001, successfully defending his WBC Cruiserweight Title ten times. Among his notable defenses were those against Dominguez (rematch), Imamu Mayfield and the smaller Jorge Castro who was KOd for the first time. James Toney declined a title shot when he was mandatory and later fought and beat Vassily Jirov.

He then vacated the title in February 2002 in order to move up to the Heavyweight ranks.

Heavyweight[edit]

In 2001 Gómez tested the waters in the heavyweight division and beaten durable veteran Al Cole (another former Cruiserweight champ) by TKO 6. Gómez then moved back down to defend his title against Pietro Aurino, and after defeating Aurino he moved up to heavyweight permanently.

Gómez has had some success at heavyweight, capturing wins over Sinan Samil Sam and David Defiagbon, but was shockingly TKO'd by fellow Cuban Yanqui Díaz in the first round in 2004.

Gómez defeated Don King promoted Oliver McCall via a ten-round decision on October 15, 2005, a result which was changed shortly thereafter to a no contest after Gomez failed a post-fight drug test due to a presence of cocaine.[1] Gómez vehemently denied the charge and backed this up by producing a negative test where no drugs were found in his system, though this test was taken two months after the fight.[2]

After that Gómez announced that he converted to Islam. Gómez stated, '"After they stole my victory over Oliver McCall because of doping in October 2005 I was totally devastated. I swear that I never doped in my life. After the fight I went to the USA where I was built up by the Black Muslim community. That's why I converted to Islam. I thank Allah for giving me back my courage, energy and self esteem."' Gómez then returned to the ring on December 15, 2006 and on October 19 of 2007, once again outpointed Oliver McCall winning the WBC International Heavyweight title in the process, then on September 27, 2008, at the Color Line Arena in Hamburg, Germany, Gómez defeated Vladimir Virchis to become the #1 contender for the WBC heavyweight title.[3]

Gómez faced WBC Heavyweight titleholder Vitali Klitschko on March 21 in Stuttgart, Germany. Early in the fight, Gomez managed to frustrate Klitschko by diverting a large number of jabs, but eventually Klitschko was able to establish control using his immense size and superior punching power. He was floored by a big right hand in round seven, but managed to get up. After a barrage of punches in round nine, the referee stopped the fight.[4]

On March 27, 2010 Gómez made a successful comeback, defeating Alexey Mazikin to win the WBA International Heavyweight title. He went on to defeat Alexander Kahl of Germany on April 9 in Hamburg to record his second victory in a fortnight.

Professional boxing record[edit]

Professional record summary
60 fights 55 wins 4 losses
By knockout 40 3
By decision 15 1
No contests 1
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
60 Loss 55–4 (1) Russia Dmitry Kudryashov KO 1 (10), 0:22 28 Nov 2014 Russia Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia Lost WBA International cruiserweight title
59 Win 55–3 (1) Bosnia and Herzegovina Goran Delic TKO 5 (10), 1:32 6 Jul 2014 Russia Akhmat-Arena, Grozny, Russia Won vacant WBA International cruiserweight title
58 Win 54–3 (1) Croatia Ivica Bacurin SD 8 8 Mar 2014 Hungary Messzi István Sportcsarnok, Kecskemét, Hungary
57 Win 53–3 (1) Czech Republic Jindrich Velecky UD 8 23 Nov 2013 Germany CU Arena, Hamburg, Germany
56 Win 52–3 (1) Bosnia and Herzegovina Adnan Buharalija TKO 2 (10), 2:55 1 Nov 2013 Germany ASV-Halle, Dachau, Germany
55 Win 51–3 (1) Ukraine Maksym Pedyura UD 8 11 May 2012 Germany EWS Arena, Göppingen, Germany
54 Win 50–3 (1) United States Darnell Wilson TKO 4 (8), 0:22 21 Apr 2012 Germany Sport- und Kongresshalle, Schwerin, Germany
53 Loss 49–3 (1) United States Darnell Wilson MD 10 24 Sep 2011 Germany Dima Sport-Center, Hamburg, Germany
52 Win 49–2 (1) United States Harold Sconiers TKO 4 (8), 0:27 4 Dec 2010 Germany Sport- und Kongresshalle, Schwerin, Germany
51 Win 48–2 (1) United States Zack Page UD 8 31 Jul 2010 Germany O2 World, Hamburg, Germany
50 Win 47–2 (1) Turkey Oezcan Cetinkaya UD 8 4 Jun 2010 Germany Karl-Eckel-Weg Halle, Hattersheim am Main, Germany
49 Win 46-2 (1) Germany Alexander Kahl UD 8 9 Apr 2010 Germany Sport- und Kongresshalle, Schwerin, Germany
48 Win 45–2 (1) Ukraine Oleksiy Mazikin KO 3 (12), 2:44 27 Mar 2010 Germany Alsterdorfer Sporthalle, Hamburg, Germany Won vacant WBA International heavyweight title
47 Loss 44–2 (1) Ukraine Vitali Klitschko TKO 9 (12), 1:49 21 Mar 2009 Germany Hanns-Martin-Schleyer-Halle, Stuttgart, Germany For WBC heavyweight title
46 Win 44–1 (1) Ukraine Volodymyr Virchis UD 12 27 Sep 2008 Germany Color Line Arena, Hamburg, Germany
45 Win 43–1 (1) United States Oliver McCall UD 12 19 Oct 2007 Germany Estrel Hotel, Berlin, Germany Won WBC International heavyweight title
44 Win 42–1 (1) Russia Denis Bakhtov UD 12 16 Jun 2007 Turkey Atatürk Sport Hall, Ankara, Turkey Won vacant PABA heavyweight title
43 Win 41–1 (1) Brazil Adenilson Rodrigues TKO 1 (12), 0:33 10 Feb 2007 Germany Grand Elysée Hotel, Hamburg, Germany Won vacant WBC Latino heavyweight title
42 Win 40–1 (1) Brazil Daniel Frank KO 3 (8), 2:00 15 Dec 2006 Germany Alsterdorfer Sporthalle, Hamburg, Germany
41 NC 39–1 (1) United States Oliver McCall UD 10 15 Oct 2005 Germany Burg-Wächter Castello, Düsseldorf, Germany Originally a UD win for Gómez, later ruled an NC after he failed a drug test
40 Win 39–1 Brazil George Arias KO 4 (8), 2:27 28 May 2005 Germany Hanns-Martin-Schleyer-Halle, Stuttgart, Germany
39 Win 38–1 Nigeria David Defiagbon TKO 3 (12), 2:58 15 Jan 2005 Germany Bördelandhalle, Magdeburg, Germany
38 Loss 37–1 Cuba Yanqui Díaz TKO 1 (8), 1:46 13 Aug 2004 United States Entertainment Center, Laredo, Texas, US
37 Win 37–0 Turkey Sinan Şamil Sam UD 10 27 Sep 2003 United States HSBC Arena, Buffalo, New York, US
36 Win 36–0 Brazil Daniel Frank TKO 2 (8) 17 Aug 2002 Germany Estrel Hotel, Berlin, Germany
35 Win 35–0 United States Ken Murphy TKO 5 (8) 16 Mar 2002 Germany Hanns-Martin-Schleyer-Halle, Stuttgart, Germany
34 Win 34–0 Italy Pietro Aurino TKO 6 (12) 3 Nov 2001 Germany Hansehalle, Lübeck, Germany Retained WBC cruiserweight title
33 Win 33–0 United States Al Cole TKO 5 (8), 1:10 4 Aug 2001 United States Mandalay Bay Events Center, Paradise, Nevada, US
32 Win 32–0 Argentina Jorge Castro TKO 10 (12), 1:56 16 Dec 2000 Germany Grugahalle, Essen, Germany Retained WBC cruiserweight title
31 Win 31–0 United States Imamu Mayfield KO 3 (12), 0:50 6 May 2000 Germany Swissôtel, Neuss, Germany Retained WBC cruiserweight title
30 Win 30–0 Democratic Republic of the Congo Mohamed Siluvangi TKO 2 (12), 2:35 11 Mar 2000 Germany Hansehalle, Lübeck, Germany Retained WBC cruiserweight title
29 Win 29–0 Ghana Napoleon Tagoe KO 9 (12), 1:25 11 Dec 1999 Germany Alsterdorfer Sporthalle, Hamburg, Germany Retained WBC cruiserweight title
28 Win 28–0 United Kingdom Bruce Scott TKO 6 (12), 2:45 17 Jul 1999 Germany Philips Halle, Düsseldorf, Germany Retained WBC cruiserweight title
27 Win 27–0 Argentina Marcelo Domínguez UD 12 13 Mar 1999 Germany Hansehalle, Lübeck, Germany Retained WBC cruiserweight title
26 Win 26–0 United States Rodney Gordon TKO 2 (12), 2:19 12 Dec 1998 Germany Ballsporthalle, Frankfurt, Germany Retained WBC cruiserweight title
25 Win 25–0 Russia Alexey Ilyin TKO 2 (12), 2:35 3 Oct 1998 Germany Prinz-Garden Halle, Augsburg, Germany Retained WBC cruiserweight title
24 Win 24–0 Australia Guy Waters TKO 6 (12), 1:30 5 Jun 1998 Germany Sporthalle Wandsbek, Hamburg, Germany Retained WBC cruiserweight title
23 Win 23–0 Argentina Marcelo Domínguez UD 12 21 Feb 1998 Argentina Polideportivo Islas Malvinas, Mar del Plata, Argentina Won WBC cruiserweight title
22 Win 22–0 United States Mike Robinson KO 2 8 Nov 1997 Germany Ballsporthalle, Frankfurt, Germany
21 Win 21–0 Mexico Mike Sedillo KO 2 (8) 4 Oct 1997 Germany Stadionsporthalle, Hanover, Germany
20 Win 20–0 Ghana Ted Cofie TKO 4 (12) 12 Jul 1997 Germany Berlet-Halle, Hagen, Germany Retained WBC International cruiserweight title
19 Win 19–0 Ukraine Valeriy Vykhor TKO 5 (12) 14 Jun 1997 Germany Saaltheater Geulen, Aachen, Germany Retained WBC International cruiserweight title
18 Win 18–0 United States Guy Sonnenberg KO 1 10 May 1997 Germany Ballsporthalle, Frankfurt, Germany
17 Win 17–0 Brazil Jose Arimatea da Silva TKO 9 (12) 8 Mar 1997 Germany Sartory-Saal, Cologne, Germany Retained WBC International cruiserweight title
16 Win 16–0 United States Ron Carter TKO 3 22 Feb 1997 Germany Sporthalle Wandsbek, Hamburg, Germany
15 Win 15–0 United States Mike Peak PTS 8 25 Jan 1997 Germany Maritim Hotel, Stuttgart, Germany
14 Win 14–0 United States Dan Ward KO 1 (12) 21 Dec 1996 Germany Zoological Garden, Frankfurt, Germany Retained WBC International cruiserweight title
13 Win 13–0 United States Brian LaSpada TKO 11 (12) 19 Oct 1996 Germany Zoological Garden, Frankfurt, Germany Retained WBC International cruiserweight title
12 Win 12–0 France Philippe Michel TKO 9 (12) 17 Aug 1996 Germany Zoological Garden, Frankfurt, Germany Won vacant WBC International cruiserweight title
11 Win 11–0 Slovakia Ludomir Dubac TKO 2 8 Jun 1996 Germany Sporthalle, Cologne, Germany
10 Win 10–0 United States Tim Knight PTS 8 4 May 1996 Germany Sport- und Erholungszentrum, Berlin, Germany
9 Win 9–0 United States David Robinson TKO 2 13 Apr 1996 Germany Sporthalle Wandsbek, Hamburg, Germany
8 Win 8–0 Argentina Eduardo Antonio Carranza TKO 2 (8) 6 Apr 1996 Germany Stadionsporthalle, Hanover, Germany
7 Win 7–0 United Kingdom Bobbie Joe Edwards TKO 5 (8) 16 Mar 1996 Germany Deutschlandhalle, Berlin, Germany
6 Win 6–0 Paraguay Cesar Agustin Basualdo TKO 1 (8) 25 Feb 1996 Germany Universum Gym, Hamburg, Germany
5 Win 5–0 Hungary Karoly Kovacs TKO 2 10 Feb 1996 Germany Stadthalle, Cottbus, Germany
4 Win 4–0 United States Keith McMurray TKO 4 (6) 25 Nov 1995 Germany Stadthalle, Braunschweig, Germany
3 Win 3–0 United States Donnie Penelton KO 2 (6) 19 Aug 1995 Germany Eisstadion an der Brehmstraße, Düsseldorf, Germany
2 Win 2–0 France Hedi El Assaidi TKO 4 (6), 2:30 5 Aug 1995 Germany Sport- und Erholungszentrum, Berlin, Germany
1 Win 1–0 United States Dale Jackson PTS 6 20 May 1995 Germany Alsterdorfer Sporthalle, Hamburg, Germany Professional debut

References[edit]

  1. ^ "USATODAY.com – Cuban Gomez tests positive for cocaine". usatoday.com. 
  2. ^ "Las Vegas Review-Journal". Las Vegas Review-Journal. 
  3. ^ "Gomez Decisions Virchis". Boxing News 24. 
  4. ^ "Vitali Stops Gomez in 9th!". eastsideboxing.com. 

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Sporting positions
Regional boxing titles
Vacant
Title last held by
Alexey Ilyin
WBC International cruiserweight champion
17 August 1996 – 21 February 1998
Won world title
Vacant
Title next held by
Vassiliy Jirov
Vacant
Title last held by
J. D. Chapman
WBC Latino heavyweight champion
10 February 2007 – July 2007
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Fres Oquendo
Vacant
Title last held by
Kali Meehan
PABA heavyweight champion
16 June 2007 – October 2007
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Friday Ahunanya
Preceded by
Oliver McCall
WBC International heavyweight champion
19 October 2007 – 27 September 2008
Won world title eliminator
Vacant
Title next held by
Odlanier Solís
Vacant
Title last held by
Alexander Ustinov
WBA International heavyweight champion
27 March 2010 – December 2010
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Jean-Marc Mormeck
Vacant
Title last held by
Grigory Drozd
WBA International cruiserweight champion
6 July 2014 – 28 November 2014
Succeeded by
Dmitry Kudryashov
World boxing titles
Preceded by
Marcelo Domínguez
WBC cruiserweight champion
21 February 1998 – 19 February 2002
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Wayne Braithwaite