Wilfredo Gómez Rivera
Wilfredo Gómez Rivera (born October 29, 1956), sometimes referred to as Bazooka Gómez, is a Puerto Rican former professional boxer and three-time world champion. He is frequently mentioned among the best Puerto Rican boxers of all time by sports journalists and analysts, along with Félix Trinidad, Miguel Cotto, Wilfred Benítez, Esteban De Jesús, Edwin Rosario, and Carlos Ortíz.
His seventeen consecutive knockouts in championship defenses is a record for all boxing divisions. He was ranked number 13 on The Ring magazine’s list of the “100 greatest punchers of all time”. In 1995, Gómez was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame.
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This article seeks to give the top 10 greatest Puerto Rican Boxers of all time. Puerto Rico has produced top boxing stars in every decade since the 1930s. Carlos Ortiz was the top lightweight champion of the 1960s and Wilfredo Gomez emerged in the late 1970s as one of the great pound-for-pound punchers in the sport’s history. In the past 20 years, nobody has sold anywhere near as many tickets at Madison Square Garden as Cotto and Felix Trinidad.