Well, I think Gomez's absolute peak was '78 to '80. The loss to Samchez definitely took something from him as a fighter and it you watch the documentary about him, he wasn't even taking the Sanchez fight very seriously in the lead up to it. His focus had changed as he was a huge star in Puerto Rico. After he lost to Sanchez, he was still good enough to keep retaining the super bantam title but the war with Pintor took a lot of his best as well. So by 1984, he was on the slide but a fighter as good as Gomez was still good enough to outbox Juan LaPorte and he managed to pick up a third title at super feather against Rocky Lockridge (horrible decision, in my view). I think from the outside the decline may not have been as obvious but people in his camp who cared about him knew he wasn't the same fighter. Regardless, it was a great win and a brutal finish by Nelson.