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.
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