Over the weekend we've heard the regretful news that former Japanese Featherweight champion Yuji Gomez has been arrested for what sounds like either threatening behaviour or blackmail.
Gomez was a hard hitting fighter who was born in the US with the name Eugenio Gomez, though he fought in Japan under the "Yuji Gomez". As a fighter he compiled an excellent record of 21-5 (20) in a career that began in 1999 and ended in 2009 and saw him claiming the Japanese Featherweight title in 2001 and setting a Japanese national record for most successive opening round KO's, a record that stands at 7 straight opening round KO's.
Sadly after his professional boxing career ended Gomez forged connections with seedier parts of society and was featured not only in some adult videos but also had links to the Sumiyoshi-kai, the second largest Yakuza group in Japan. It's alleged that Gomez has been a body guard for one of the top guys Yakuza men and has fallen on to the wrong side of the law as a result.
Aged 42 Gomez may see himself behind bars for a long time if he's found guilt of various gang related crimes. He also needs to worry about talking to the authorities with the Yakuza, like many other criminal organisations, not being fans of "rats". This is a worrying position for a man fondly remembered in the ring for his power and aggression, sadly though it seems very likely that the police will be making these charges stick and making an example of Gomez who will likely be spending serious time in a cell in the near future.
(Image courtesy of the now defunct http://www.try-f.net/profile1/gomesu/, which we understand was once Yuji Gomez's blog)
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