Results: WBO Convention Awards Gala at the Hotel El Panama in Panama City. Next year’s WBO Convention will take place in Tokyo, Japan.
WBO Fight of the Year Sho Kimura vs. Kosei Tanaka
WBO Female Fight of Year Arely Muciño vs. Maria Salinas
WBO Female Fighter of the Year and Super Champion Amanda Serrano
WBO KO of The Year Ángel ‘Tito’ Acosta 1st-round KO to Abraham Rodriguez
WBO Fighter of The Year Terence Crawford
WBO Upset of The Year Eleider Alvarez TKO’s Sergey Kovalev
Special Recognition 1. Brian ‘Bo Mac’ McIntyre – Gordy Volkman Award for Outstanding Trainer 2. Eddie Hearn – The New Generation Award for Outstanding Promotions During 2018 3. Masayuki Ito v. Christopher “Pitufo” Díaz – for Outstanding Fight 4. Crawford, Montiel y Tanaka – Triple Crown Award for Winning WBO World Titles in Three Weight Divisions 5. Kosei Tanaka – Super Champion Belt – For Winning WBO World Titles in Three Weight Divisions 6. Promoter of The Year US – Bob Arum 7. Promoter of The Year Europe – Frank Warren 8. Oscar De La Hoya – Trailblazer Award for Ground Breaking Fight Series Transmitted Via Facebook Watch 9. Special recognition to Rosa Volante – First female WBO World Champion 10. Special recognition Ahikiko Honda promoter Japan 11. Raja Amasheh First Female Fighter World Champion of The Middle East 12. Dariusz Michalczewski 22 titles defenses at Light Heavyweight Division 13. Ivan Calderón – Commitment to the Youth Boxing Program. WBO Two division Champion 14. Acelino Freites – WBO Two division World Champion 15. Arthur Grigorian – Former WBO World Lightweight Champion who defended his word title 17 times 16. Jaime Munguia – Devasting Knockout Puncher
In a crowed activity held in Arecibo, the World Boxing Organization (WBO), with the collaboration of former world champion Samuel ‘El Torbellino’ Serrano, brought together several former Puerto Rican world champions along with currents boxers to recognize the trajectory of former three-division world champion Wilfredo ‘Bazooka’ Gómez.
“Had the WBO existed in the Gómez era, he would have been our champion. But we still celebrate him because of his legacy in the ring and his great humility as a person. This belt that we preset to him today names him a WBO ‘Honorific Champion of Champions’, yet it is only a small sample of the affection and admiration that we have for him,” said WBO president Francisco ‘Paco’ Valcárcel.
An excited Gomez said that “I thank with the WBO and Paco for their support and recognition on this day. Thank you very much. I am very happy with everyone who is here.”
In addition to Valcárcel, Serrano and Gómez, former world champions Angel ‘Cholo’ Espada, Alfredo ‘El Salsero’ Escalera, Orlando Fernández, Ángel ‘La Avispa’ Chacón, Josué ‘Dickie’ Camacho, Alex ‘El Nene’ were present at the party Sánchez, John John Molina, Rafael del Valle, Iván Calderón, Daniel ‘La Cobra; Jimenez, Nelson Dieppa, Víctor ‘Luvi’ Calleja, three times world title contender Wilfredo Rivera, former NABO champion Daniel ‘Pipino’ Alicea, current boxers Víctor Bisbal, Jean Carlos ‘Lobo’ Torres, Wilfredo ‘Bimbito’ Méndez, Luis ‘Popeye’ Lebrón (WBO Latino Featherweight Champion) and amateur national youth champion Tatiana Ortíz.
Trainers Dennis Pantoja, Yoel Gonzalez, Félix Pagán Pintor, Margaro Cruz, as well as referees José Hiram Rivera and Roberto Ramírez, Jr., promoter Peter Rivera, and Chairman of the WBO Rankings C-ommittee, Edgardo López Sasso together with WBO legal advisor and member of the WBO Regional Titles Committee Gustavo Olivieri and other sports personalities were sharing in the activity.
Gómez won the gold medal in the first amateur world championships, held in Havana in 1974. He then jumped to the professional ranks and won world titles at 122, 126 and 130 pounds. He retired with a professional record of 44-3-1 with 42 wins by knockout, and is considered one of the best fighters of all time.