Tommy Gómez

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Thomas ''Tommy'' Eugene Gómez, Jr. (December 25, 1919 – April 27, 2006) was a hard-punching American boxer at Heavyweight.

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Boxing combat sport

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Professional career

Gómez was born December 25, 1919 in Tampa, Florida.

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Gómez, known as "Tampa Tommy" also "Terrible Tom the Tampa Thumper", turned pro in 1939. Although Gómez never fought for a major title, he fought several notable fighters of his era, including Jersey Joe Walcott. He was often ducked by many of the heavyweight contenders of his time due to his fierce power. Gómez was a feared knockout artist, and was named to the Ring Magazine list of the 100 greatest punchers of all time. After 86 professional fights, Gómez retired in 1950 with a career boxing record of 75-9-2 (65 KOs). He was inducted into the Florida Boxing Hall of Fame June 27, 2010.

Jersey Joe Walcott American boxer

Arnold Raymond Cream, best known as Jersey Joe Walcott, was an American professional boxer who competed from 1930 to 1953. He held the world heavyweight title from 1951 to 1952, and broke the record for the oldest man to win the title, at the age of 37. That record would eventually be broken in 1994 by 45-year-old George Foreman.

Outside of the Ring

Gómez was a World War II Purple Heart veteran who was wounded 16 times in Germany. He returned and resumed his boxing career with shrapnel still lodged in his arms and back. He was a mentor to the Police Athletic League program in Tampa and maintained an active interest in boxing throughout his life. For many years he had his own line of cigars, "Tommy Gomez Champs", manufactured in Ybor City. He was also an artist and music lover. He died April 27, 2006 in a hospital in Austell, Georgia after a brief illness. He was buried in Tampa, Florida, on Tuesday, May 2.

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Gómez was Spanish-American, his parents having immigrated from Spain. Mother Josefa immigrated from Lugo, Sarria, Spain and father, Thomas Gomez Sr, from Valladolid, Spain. His survivors include four daughters by his wife of 58 years, Opal May Gómez. Daughters: Lynda G. Wheelock of Hot Springs, NC; Daphne G. McElwreath of Tampa, FL; Toni Gomez Gwaltney of Lookout Mountain, TN; and Melanie Gomez Rocca of Tampa.

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