We all know that boxer's have a limited life span in the sport. Whilst many may go on to become trainers, managers, commentators, or remain in the sport in some way many turn to completely different careers once their days as an in ring warrior is over. Mostly these careers will be rather typical and mundane work, like an office worker or a warehouse operative. You know, the normal jobs that anyone could do. Others, for example Guts Ishimatsu Hidekazu Akai, end up behind a camera as successful actors.
Another former boxer who turned to acting, albeit a different kind of acting, is former Japanese Featherweight champion Yuji Gomez who has bared all, quite literally, in his post boxing career...as an adult film star.
Yeah, after retiring from fucking people up in the ring Gomez turned to fucking them in other ways, and has been a genuine success in the world of the adult flicks.
So lets rewind and talk a bit about Gomez, before concentrating on his post boxing roles.
Gomez, born Eugenio Gomez, was born in New York to a Puerto Rican Father and Dominican mother. He was originally a power lifter who turned to boxing after high school and would visit Japan in 1998. It was in Japan that he would fight his entire boxing career running up a very good 21-5 (20) professional record. His career was an exciting one, and win or lose his bouts didn't tend to go long, with 15 of his 26 bouts ending in the first round. Only 5 of his bouts went beyond 6 rounds and none went into a 9th round.
During Gomez's professional boxing career, which spanned from 1999 to 2009 when he turned 37 and his license experience, he won the All Japan Rookie of the Year and the Japanese Featherweight title.
In 2013 Gomez turned his hand, or rather his....man parts, to something new. Becoming an actor in some adult videos. The first of those was released in October 2013 and he followed that up with another before the year was of, showing off what was said to be a 28cm piece of kit.
From what we understand, following his first two movies coming out in 2013 there was 11 more released in 2014, with each released on the first of the month except in June for some reason. Presumably the porn industry in Japan has a dry month in summer. That was followed by 11 more releases in 2015, this time with one in June but not in October, a further 8 in 2016 and one in 2017.
Whilst we won't link to any of his work, for obvious reasons, those who are curious should be able to find stuff relatively easily.
For a man well known for his opening round blow outs Gomez's career in porn has proven he's very comfortable at lasting more than 3 minutes when he needs to!
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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