Michael Gomez (born 1977) is a former professional boxer. He was born
to an Irish Traveller family in Longford, County Longford, Ireland,
spending his early years in Dublin before moving to Manchester, England
with his family at the age of nine. Gomez finished his career fighting
in the lightweight division, however, he is more notable for his fights
in the featherweight and super featherweight divisions. During his
career he has amassed a number of championship title belts: the IBF
Inter-Continental featherweight title; and the British, WBO
Inter-Continental, WBA Inter-Continental and WBU super featherweight
titles. He was the first Irish boxer to win the Lonsdale Belt outright.
Of his 17 fights between February 2001 and March 2008, 16 ended in
knockouts. On 21 June 2008, Gomez lost what was seen as possibly his
last bout—a last chance saloon opportunity to resurrect his career
against rising star and Olympic silver medallist Amir Khan. The fight
ended with Gomez suffering a TKO when the referee stopped the fight in
the fifth round.
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