Juan Carlos Gomez

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Name: Juan Carlos Gomez
Alias: Pantera Negra
Hometown: Hamburg, Germany
Birthplace: Havana, Cuba
Stance: Southpaw
Height: 192cm
Reach: 204cm
Pro Boxer: Record
Amateur Boxer: Record

Trainers: Michael Timm, Orlando Cuellar
Manager: Klaus-Peter Kohl
Promoter: Klaus-Peter Kohl (Universum Box-Promotion)

Amateur Career

  • Claimed Amateur Record: 158-12
  • 1990 Gold medalist at the World Junior Championships in Lima, Peru at 75 kg.
  • 1993 Gold medalist at the Copenhagen Box Cup in Copenhagen, Denmark at 91 kg.
  • 1994 Silver medalist at the Chemistry Cup in Halle, Germany at 81 kg.
  • 1994 USA Vs Cuba Dual Meet in Ledyard, United States at 81 kg.
  • 1995 Gold medalist at the Cuban Nationals "Playa Giron" at 81 kg.
  • 1995 Participated at the Chemistry Cup in Halle, Germany at 81 kg.

Professional record

  • 10 opponents (9 by KO) beaten in world title fights.
  • 11-1 (9 KOs) in world title fights.

Professional Career

On February 21, 1998, in Mar Del Plata, Argentina, Gomez wrested the WBC cruiserweight crown from reigning champion, Marcelo Fabian Dominguez via a unanimous decision. He would successfully defend the title against ten fighters over the next three years, before finally vacating the title in February 2002, in order to move up to the Heavyweight ranks.

Gomez had compiled a perfect 37-0 record, until suffering a stunning 1st round TKO loss to the unheralded Yanqui Diaz on August 13, 2004, in Laredo, Texas.

In 2005 a 10 round unanimous decision win over former WBC Heavyweight Champion Oliver McCall was changed to a no contest after Gomez tested positive for cocaine. Since his move to the United States and into the heavyweight division, Gomez had gone from being an active Cruiserweight World Champion to fighting sporadically and clearly no longer living the life of a fighter. It took him 8 years to earn a title fight versus WBC Heavyweight Champion Vitali Klitschko, but by the time the shot came, he had been too consistently inactive and was stopped in a one sided fight in 9 rounds.

In 2010 Gomez began taking his boxing a little more seriously and put together 5 wins. However, in his first fight of 2011 against former cruiserweight contender turned journeyman Darnell Wilson, he would lose an upset ten round majority decision. It would be his only fight that year. Gomez would rematch Wilson in his first bout of 2012 and won controversially on a 4th round stoppage due to a cut eye. Wilson had knocked Gomez down and was ahead on the scorecards at the time of the stoppage. Gomez would win another low level fight in 2012.

After two easy wins in 2013, Gomez decided to move back down to cruiserweight scoring two wins in 2014 vs 17-4-1 Ivica Bacurin (W SD 8) then a 5th round TKO over previously unbeaten 24-0 Goran Delic which would turn out to be his final victory.

In November 2014 Gomez fought big punching 15-0 (15 KO’s) Russian prospect Dmitry Kudryashov and was knocked out on a one punch KO in just 22 seconds of the first round. Realizing that he was no longer the fighter he had once been, he decided to retire from the sport with a record of 55-4-0-1 (40 KO’s).

Preceded by:
Marcelo Fabian Dominguez
WBC Cruiserweight Champion
1998 Feb 21 – 2002 Feb 19
Succeeded by:
Wayne Braithwaite