Augsburg, Germany-Unbeaten WBC Cruiserweight champion Juan Carlos Gomez likes to end things quickly. The first challenger for Gomez' title occurred last May against Australian Guy Waters, a tough guy that had went the distance with Virgil Hill.

The lanky Aussie  reached only the sixth round against Juan Carlos as the referee stopped the contest before the battered fighter then fell crying into the arms of his stunned cornermen.


Gomez' second title defense was Saturday night against the European #1 rated contender Alexei Iliin. Unlike Waters, the Russian didn't get anywhere near the sixth round!


In front of 2,500 spectators in the sold-out Prinz-Garden-Arena, the 25 year old German based athlete was to give only a short demonstration of his tremendous skills. After a slow first round in which the tall Cuban southpaw seemed like he was playing with his opponent, grinning and doing his rendition of the Ali shuffle, Gomez turned up the heat.

Midway through round two Juan Carlos lashed out with a speedy multiple punch combination that drove the challenger into the ropes. The champ would not let up and pummeled his foe until the 189 lb. (85.8 kg.) Russian went down in an unconscious state. Referee Tony Perez of the U.S. didn't even bother to start the count as he quickly stopped the fight at the 2:35 mark of round two.

"I'm satisfied with my own performance", the handsome WBC champ said after his win. Only it was over a little bit too quick. I would have liked to fight a bit longer."


The exceptionally skilled Gomez is somebody who could give new
international respect to the cruiserweight division, which is the youngest of the serious weight classes.


"I'm eager to fight against the other world champions in my division" said Gomez who is the first professional world champion out of Cuba since 1959. "I would like to fight WBO champion Carl Thompson and I want to fight IBF titlist Imamu Mayfield. He's the best in the U.S."


The fourth world champion in the 190 lb. class is WBA titilist Fabrice
Tiozzo. The Frenchman would certainly present the toughest challenge to Gomez.


Gomez goes on. "My remote dream is to campaign as a heavyweight one time." It is a statement that does not even appear unrealistic as the Cuban stands at 6'4 (1.92 m), has a broad back and has already fought against heavyweights thrice, knocking all three out with ease.

Gomez improved his record to 25-0, and recorded his 21st knockout. Iliin drops to 23-2, (21 KO's).

Fabian Weber
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Universum Box-Promotion GmbH

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