Gomez outbattles Dominguez to retain his WBC Cruiserweight title
German based Cuban Juan Carlos Gomez overcame a severe
mid-fight crisis to retain his WBC cruiserweight title in front of 2700 spectators
in the sold out Hansehalle of Lübeck last Saturday.
After winning five of the first six rounds Gomez shocked his corner between
round six and seven, when he stated that he felt too exhausted to continue:
"My stamina is all gone. I quit." With a forceful speech that would
even make Teddy Atlas jealous chief trainer Fritz Sudnek ("Think of your
children. You're a Cuban. Cubans don't quit. He is as exhausted as you are!") renewed Gomez' self-confidense and successfully made him to
The new motivated Gomez then won five of the remaining six rounds en route to
a unanimous decision victory (119:111, 119:111, 119:110).
The fight between Gomez and Dominguez was a rematch of their first
encounter in 1998, in which Gomez dethroned the reigning champion in Dominguez' home
country of Argentina. It was the fourth successful title defense of the 25 year
The undefeated Cuban improved to 27-0 (22 KO´s), whereas
Dominguez dropped to 26-3-1 (14 KO´s).
"I felt extremely weak after round six", Gomez commented after the
fight. "Perhaps it came from my sickness two weeks ago. But with
the help of my trainer Fritz, in my mind the best in the world, I regained the
confidence to continue. I really love him", the Cuban said and gave his German
trainer a kiss.
"Now we will go on together. I fight any opponent, no matter in which
weight class - cruiserweight or heavyweight."
"Gomez will fight another year in the cruiserweights",
promoter Klaus-Peter Kohl stated. "I try to arrange a unification fight with
Fabrice Tiozzo. We want that WBA belt. After that Gomez will go up to the heavyweights."
In the double header's second main event WBO lightweight champion from
Usbekistan Artur Grigorian successfully defended his title against
Spaniard Oscar Garcia-Cano with a unanimous decision.
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