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Hall of Famer Wilfredo Gomez in Critical Condition

by David P. Greisman

Wilfredo Gomez — an International Boxing Hall of Fame inductee who was the lineal champion of the 122- and 130-pound divisions, and a world titleholder at featherweight — is in critical condition in Puerto Rico after being hospitalized due to a lung infection and respiratory failure, according to the Associated Press.

Gomez, 56, “is under sedation in an intensive care unit and is breathing with the assistance of a tube,” the article said.

Gomez entered Canastota in 1995. That recognition followed a pro career that began in 1974, when he was just a few weeks past his 18th birthday, and continued through to 1989.

He won 44 fights — an amazing 42 of them coming by way of knockout, an accomplishment that made his nickname of “Bazooka” quite appropriate — lost 3 bouts and had 1 draw.

David P. Greisman is a member of the Boxing Writers Association of America. Follow David on Twitter @fightingwords2 or send questions/comments via email at [email protected]

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by katjack on 03-28-2013

Get well soon!!

Comment by PRBOXINGCOTTO on 03-28-2013

get well champ pr cannot lose another legend we have loss too many ex fighters and current fighters to health issues and violence

Comment by Bob Saddler on 03-28-2013

Get well soon champ

Comment by Chaconlittlered on 03-28-2013

[QUOTE=Corelone;13187746]Gomez's KO wins over Lupe Pintor and Carlos Zarate had Mexico in a bad way. Only a very skilled boxer in Sanchez and a move up in weight, slowed his roll. Something like the situation with Juanma and Salido. Sanchez…

Comment by ChampBox@PR on 03-27-2013

I posted it earlier today, merge the threads please!! [url]http://www.boxingscene.com/forums/showthread.php?t=590526[/url]

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