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Juan Carlos Gomez to face unbeaten Goran Delic on Chagaev vs. Oquendo undercard on July 6th in Grozny

Most eyes will, of course, be on Ruslan Chagaev and Fres Oquendo on July 6th in Grozny when the two ring veterans meet for the vacant WBA world heayvweight championship. But there is another big name in the co-feature who wants to get back to old stardom: “The Black Panther” Juan Carlos Gomez faces unbeaten Goran Delic for the WBA International cruiserweight title. Continue reading

Juan Carlos Gomez calls out Yoan Pablo Hernandez

PanteraGomez“The Black Panther” reunited with championship coach Fritz Sdunek

Last year former WBC cruiserweight champion Juan Carlos Gomez successfully returned to his old weight division at 200 lbs. after campaigning at heavyweight for more than 10 years. Now “The Black Panther” is eyeing another world title shot for 2014. “I would love to fight against Marco Huck because I think he is the best cruiserweight in the world right now – at least until I beat him”, states Gomez.

Because Huck is set to defend his WBO championship against Firat Arslan on January 25 in Stuttgart, Gomez is now calling out fellow Cuban defector and IBF titlist Yoan Pablo Hernandez. Continue reading

Juan Carlos Gomez and Ismail Özen win in Hamburg, Germany

!cid_B6E47DD8-C390-4AD9-AB83-14D4F7981B99@fritzFormer WBC cruiserweight champion Juan Carlos Gomez continues his successful comeback at his old weight. “The Black Panther” scored a lopsided unanimous decision win against overmatched journeyman Jindrich Velecky in front of 2,000 fans at the CU Arena in Hamburg, Germany, on Saturday night. Gomez dominated the fight from the opening to the final bell and connected at will with single shots as well as nice combinations. However, the 40-year-old Cuban defector couldn’t finish the tough Czech who managed to survive eight rounds.

Local hero Ismail Özen outworked late substitute Vladimir Fecko over eight rounds using only his left arm. Because of an injury in his right elbow, super middleweight contender Özen barely ever threw shots with his right but managed to take care of Fecko, sending him to the canvas twice only with his jab and a couple of left hooks. Fecko fired back but couldn’t hurt Özen who donates his purse to his social project “Kampf Deines Lebens” (“Fight of your life”) which helps criminal teenager to get back on track. Continue reading

Juan Carlos Gomez calls out Marco Huck!

Gomez_ÖzenGomez: “I want to fight the best – and Huck is the best cruiserweight at the moment!”

“The Black Panther” back in action this Saturday in Hamburg

Only three weeks after his successful return to cruiserweight, former WBC world champion Juan Carlos Gomez will be back in action this Saturday (Nov. 23) in Hamburg, Germany, against Czech journeyman Jindrich Velecky. Velecky should surely be no serious test for Gomez but “The Black Panther” feels that he needs a high level of activity to get rid of the ring rust from his 14-months-lay-off.  Continue reading

Juan Carlos Gomez stops Buharalija, Alexander Petkovic KOs Chipindi

PanteraGomezJuan Carlos Gomez kept his word when returning to the cruiserweight division with a bang on Friday night in Dachau, Germany.

“The Black Panther” seemed to feel very comfortable back at 200 lbs. landing nice combinations at will against an overmatched Adnan Buharalija from Bosnia and Herzegovina. Gomez dropped his opponent with a nice left hook at the end of round one and followed up in the second flooring Buharalija again. Only seconds before the end of round two the referee stepped in to stop the one-sided fight to save Buharalija from further punishment.

“I said it – and I did it! “The Black Panther” is back! This was only the first step on my way back to the world championship. I will take back what’s mine. I will be cruiserweight champion of the world again!”, said Gomez smiling and celebrating with his fans. Continue reading

Weights from Dachau, Germany – Juan Carlos Gomez back at 200 lbs.!

TeamGomezWhen Juan Carlos Gomez announced that he wanted to return to cruiserweight not many people thought he could actually make it. But “The Black Panther” actually weighed in just slightly over 200 lbs. at 91.0 kg for his comeback fight tonight in Dachau, Germany (live on Eurosport). “I’m back! It’s Showtime!”, Gomez proclaimed on the scale. His opponent Adnan Buharalija from Bosnia and Herzegovina was obviously surprised that Gomez made weight and came in at 216 lbs. “I don’t care about my opponent”, said Gomez. “I would even fight him if he was 300 or 400 lbs. I know what I’m capable of – and I know that I will be world cruiserweight champion again! I never lost my title in the ring. So I will take back what’s mine anyways.”

For the co-featured bout of the evening local hero Alexander Petkovic weighed in at 227 lbs. (103.0 kg). “This is my first time in years below 105 kg (230 lbs.)”, says Petkovic. “I feel great and can’t wait to get into the ring.” His opponent Chupaki Chipindi came in at 95.0 kg (209.5 lbs.). “I have seen some of Petkovic’s fights. He is a good boxer but I saw nothing too special about him”, said the man from Tanzania. “I am very well prepared and I am sure that it will be an exciting fight. Continue reading

Juan Carlos Gomez talks about Bernard Hopkins: “This is the age of the ageless fighter”

PanteraGomezJuan Carlos Gomez (51-3-0) is confident that he can “turn back time” and become cruiserweight champion again more than ten year after his last title reign. “Bernard Hopkins showed the whole world what old men are capable of”, said Gomez at a press conference today in Dachau, Germany. “And compared to Hopkins I am still a young guy! I’m not saying that I will still be world champion in eight or ten years but I know that I still have some great fights in me.”

“The Black Panther” returns to action this Friday (Nov. 1) in Dachau against journeyman Adnan Buharalija (29-18-2). The show will be broadcasted live on Eurosport. “With Hopkins beating up opponents at will and other guys like Vitali Klitschko and Guillermo Jones showing dominant performances at 40+ I feel like I’m part of a movement”, adds Gomez. “Maybe this is the age of the ageless fighter. I can only say that I hardly remember times when I felt better and stronger than right now.” Continue reading

Juan Carlos Gomez, Alexander Petkovic back in action on Nov 1st in Dachau, Germany (live on Eurosport)

!cid_F38C16D7-F55F-482A-8CE9-E8E5F4050AA1@fritzFormer WBC world cruiserweight champion and opponent of heavyweight champ Vitali Klitschko Juan Carlos Gomez (51-3-0) will be back in action on November 1st in Dachau (Germany) against Adnan Buharalija (29-18-2) from Bosnia. The “Black Panther” moves down from heavy to cruiserweight and is eyeing a title shot in 2014.

“I haven’t felt this good in years”, says Gomez. “The “Black Panther” is back and hungry! It’s Showtime!” The Cuban who found his adopted home in Hamburg, Germany, turned forty last July and is currently training in L.A. to get ready for his ring return after a long lay-off.

“Over the last couple of years I lost my focus”, adds Gomez. “I was only fighting for money and did not enjoy what I was doing. After the Klitschko fight I lost my motivation and love for the sport. But that changed dramatically. I’m back to my old self. And I want to become world champion again!”

In March 2009, the “Black Panther” – who had been a longtime world cruiserweight champion before – challenged Vitali Klitschko for the WBC heavyweight crown and was stopped in the ninth round. After that Gomez did a couple of fights but looked lackluster and lazy carrying more than 250 lbs. Now he’s back in training and ready to drop down to 200 lbs. Continue reading