A Fire Burns Within is the compelling tale of an all-time boxing great who fought his way to stardom from the mean streets of the Puerto Rican capital San Juan. Wilfredo 'Bazooka' Gomez discovered his love of boxing as he learned the noble art to help him fight off bullies as he walked the streets of the capital. Showing great promise in the ring, he soon rose to prominence, and in the late 1970s and early 1980s set a blistering pace that many boxers wanted to emulate - but few could equal. The three-time world title winner is best remembered for his 17 consecutive title fight defences - but his story as a man and fighter runs much deeper. Including interviews with Gomez, those close to him, the fighters he fought and those who watched his remarkable career unfold, A Fire Burns Within reviews one of the finest boxing careers. It details Gomez's dramatic rise to fame, but also tells the largely untold story of the struggles he faced after his fight career ended, and how his mettle was tested in a completely different way.
Christian Giudice is a boxing writer whose previous works include Hands of Stone: The Life and Legend of Roberto Duran and Beloved Warrior: The Rise and Fall of Alexis Arguello. His passion for boxing stems from watching fights in Atlantic City in the 1980s with his father, and he now writes for boxing.com and his own website christiangiudice.com. In addition to his work covering boxing in Latin America, Giudice also teaches English at Parkwood High School in Monroe.