Heavy handed fighter Yuji Gomez (21-5, 20) was a terror in Japanese rings in the early part of the millennium. He was originally from the Bronx, in the US, and was born "Eugenio Gomez", but fought his entire 26 fight career in Japan, with almost all of his bouts fought under the Yuji Gomez moniker. During his career he won the Japanese Featherweight title, and was involved in some very short and action packed bouts.
Although not the best fighter Gomez did what fans enjoy. He fought every round with a bombs away mentality. He wasn't always reckless, but he was always aggressive, exciting and there really was a sense that a bout could end at any moment in when he was in the ring.
With that short introduction out of the way let us bring you 5 Midweek Facts about Yuji Gomez.
1-It's fair to say that Gomez has an interesting background. Although he's best known for his boxing career in Japan he was born in the US to a Puerto Rican father and a mother from the Dominican republic.
2-As an amateur Gomez went a reported 8-3 (8), however boxing wasn't his first athletic endeavour. Prior to turning his hand to boxing Gomez had been a power lifter in high school, then turned to boxing after graduating.
3-Gomez set a Japanese record for most successive 1st round T/KO wins, scoring 7 in a row between November 1999 and October 2010. Whilst his competition during that run was, mostly, poor it did include his All-Japan Rookie of the Year win in 1999 against Jun Hirose and a a win over Filipino Dino Olivetti. In total he would have only 11 bouts that went beyond the first round, scoring 13 opening round wins in 26 bouts!
4-During his career Gomez was known as a fast starting punching, scoring stoppages in 20 of his 21 victories. It's worth noting however that he was also known for lacking durability himself, and would be stopped in 4 of his 5 losses. Interestingly the only loss which didn't see him being stopped was his final bout, against Yuki Kajiyama. That was also the longest bout of his career and the only bout that saw the end of the 8th round.
5-After retiring from boxing Gomez changed his career drastically, and ended up getting involved in the Adult Video industry. Since 2013 he has featured in numerous adult videos. On the subject off his adult work he did, in a Nikkan-Spa interview, reveal that videos featuring him had a surprisingly popular gay fan base.
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