The boxing is integral part of Puerto Rico. The same as baseball, boxing is the part of culture and mentality of this island. Many legendary fighters, who wrote their names and the name of their country in the history of sport came out of Puerto Rico. October 29, is the day of two famous boxers of the island! One of them today is celebrating his Anniversary!
Wilfredo Gomez was born in 1956 in the capital of Puerto Rico, San Juan. He started to box at the early childhood, and already at the age of 16 has to represented his country on 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich. Wilfredo doesn't earn any medals on the Olympic ring, but what he did earn, was the great experience. That's why two years later, in 1974, he won on the inaugural Amateur World Championships held in Cuba, at the bantamweight (54 Kilo) division, by stopping all four of his opponents. Gomez became now the big Puerto Rican hope for the next Olympics in Montreal, but by the financial reasons Wilfredo has turned pro at the November, 1974. Because of the lack of money, Gomez couldn't travel to the States, to started his carrier there, so he choose the cheaper way and went to Panama, where he had his professional debut, and unexpectedly fought to draw! That was like an extra-motivation for Wilfredo and the next his 32 fights he won by the way of KO, earning the nickname Bazooka! On May, 1977, in Hato Rey, Puerto Rico, Gomez became the WBC super-bantamweight champion of the world, knocking out The Korean, Yum Dong Kyun in twelfth round. Altogether, Wilfredo Gomez has won three WBA and WBC belts, at the super-bantam and at featherweight, defending them for twelwe successful times. The biggest names amongst Gomez's defeated opponents was The Mexicans, Carlos Zarate and Lupe Pintor, The Puerto Rican, Juan La Porte and The American, Rocky Lockridge. In the 15 years long carrier Wilfredo had only 3 defeats, from the greats as The Mexican, Salvador Sanchez and The Professor, Azumah Nelson of Ghana. His last loss to the mid-level fighter, The Panamian Alfredo Leyn was the signal for Wilfredo to finish his carrier. The Gomez's final record was 44(42 KO)-3(3KO)-1. Wilfredo Gomez is considered as one of the best super-bantam champions and the national hero in Puerto Rico. After retiring Wilfredo stayed in the boxing as coach. In 2006, he has bought the house in Kissimmee, Florida, and moves there with his wife and four children. Today, Wilfredo celebrates his 60-th Anniversary!
Miguel Angel Cotto was born in 1980 in Caguas. As a young kid, Miguel showed a huge talent in the boxing gym. In 1997, in Colombia Miguel won PanAmerican Youth Championships, but one year later he got the silver on Youth World Championships in Argentina, at lightweight (60 Kilo). On 2000 Olympics in Sydney, at light-welter (63.5 Kilo), in the first round Cotto lost to the world and the future Olympic champion, Muhammadkadir Abdullaev of Uzbekistan. Later on, at the pro-ring Miguel will stop Abdullaev in the 9-th round. After the Olympics, Cotto turned pro and became the world champion in 2004. Cotto has captured five world titles in four different weight divisions, light-welter, welter and light-middle and middle, having 14 successful defenses behind him. Miguel had wins over the number of brilliant fighters, as; Carlos Maussa of Colombia, Joshua Clottey of Ghana, Ricardo Mayorga of Nicaragua, and The Americans, Paul Malignaggi, Zab Judah and Shane Mosley. And only a few losses which were suffered from the such a greatest world's fighters, as Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather. But against The Mexican warrior Antonio Margarito, Miguel had loss and win. Miguel Cotto still active and seems as one of the biggest names on today's boxing stage, of course, he is Nr. 1 Sport's Person in Puerto Rico. Today Miguel Cotto is 36!