WBO HONORS WILFREDO GOMEZ
Press Release: In Arecibo, Puerto Rico, the WBO, with the collaboration of former 130-pound champion Samuel Serrano, brought together several former Puerto Rican champions along with currents boxers to honor former three-division world champion Wilfredo Gómez. In his career, Gómez won the gold medal in the first amateur world championships, held in Havana in 1974. He then jumped to the pro ranks and won world titles at 122, 126 and 130 pounds. He retired with a professional record of 44-3-1 with 42 wins by knockout.
"Had the WBO existed in the Gómez era, he would have been our champion. But we still celebrate him because of his legacy in the ring and his great humility as a person. This belt that we preset to him today names him a WBO Honorific Champion of Champions, yet it is only a small sample of the affection and admiration that we have for him," said WBO president Francisco 'Paco' Valcárcel.
An excited Gomez said that "I thank with the WBO and Paco for their support and recognition on this day. Thank you very much. I am very happy with everyone who is here."
In addition to Valcárcel, Serrano and Gómez, these boxers were present:
Angel 'Cholo' Espada, Alfredo 'El Salsero' Escalera, Orlando Fernández, Ángel 'La Avispa' Chacón, Josué 'Dickie' Camacho, Alex 'El Nene' Sanchez, John John Molina, Rafael del Valle, Iván Calderón, Daniel 'La Cobra; Jimenez, Nelson Dieppa, Víctor 'Luvi' Calleja, Wilfredo Rivera, Daniel 'Pipino' Alicea, Víctor Bisbal, Jean Carlos 'Lobo' Torres, Wilfredo 'Bimbito' Méndez, Luis 'Popeye' Lebrón and amateur national youth champion Tatiana Ortíz.
Trainers Dennis Pantoja, Yoel Gonzalez, Félix Pagán Pintor, Margaro Cruz, as well as referees José Hiram Rivera and Roberto Ramírez, Jr., promoter Peter Rivera, and Chairman of the WBO Rankings C-ommittee, Edgardo López Sasso together with WBO legal advisor and member of the WBO Regional Titles Committee Gustavo Olivieri and other sports personalities were sharing in the activity.