The Cyber Boxing Zone Newswire
|Juan Carlos Gomez Retains WBC Cruiserweight Title: Fabian Weber|
Dusseldorf - 18 July 1999. German based Cuban Juan Carlos Gomez retained his WBC World Cruiserweight Title last night, when he stopped his challenger Jamaican Bruce Scott at 2:46 of round six in front of 4,500 spectators in the Dusseldorfer Phillipshalle.
The fight was one-sided through most of the time, even though Scott (85.5 kg / 188.5 lb) tried very hard to succeed. But Gomez (85.5 kg / 188.5 lb) used his superior height and reach and displayed his outstanding boxing skills to wear down his challenger systematicaly. Scott, at 1,78m (5ft 10in) giving away 14cm (5.5 inches) in height to the Champion, answered the bell to the opening round with an aggressive combination. But the Jamaican lost his initial determination after getting hit over and again without having the chance to land significant punches himself due to Gomez' mobility. In round two Gomez rocked Scott two times with uppercuts and in round three the tall southpaw moved him against the ropes with several right-left combinations. In round five Scott began to show a badly swollen left eye and clear signs of frustration as he was missing with most of his punches and took a lot of punishment in return. Even the few shots Scott could land had no effect on Gomez, who looked close to invincible that night. With one minute left in round six Gomez forced Scott into the challenger's own corner and threw a series of more than twenty punches to the Jamaican's face and body prompting referee Daniel van de Wiele to wisely call a halt to the bout with 14 seconds left in the round.
Juan Carlos Gomez improved his unbeaten record to 28-0 (23 KO4s), whereas Bruce Scott dropped to 21-5 (15 KO4s). It was the fifth successful title defense for Gomez, who won the WBC crown against Argentinian Marcelo Dominguez in February of 1998.
"I did my best to win", Scott said after the fight. "Gomez is an awkward southpaw. He's very skillful. But I want a rematch, because I had only two weeks to prepare for the fight. When I get seven weeks next time, I'll beat him."
"Originaly we wanted Napoleon Tagoe, who just beat the undefeated Cuban Ramon Garbey ", promoter Klaus-Peter Kohl explained. "But he pulled out relatively late, so we had to find an replacement."
"No matter how long Scott would prepare, he could have never beat Gomez", chief coach Fritz Sdunek commented, who trains Gomez and four other World Champions in Hamburg. "Gomez is just in a different class."
"I met WBA President Gilberto Mendoza tonight", Kohl said. "We are going to talk about a unification fight between Gomez and Fabrice Tiozzo."
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