Joel Casamayor

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Joel Casamayor
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Real nameJoel Casamayor Johnson
Nickname(s)El Cepillo ("The Brush")
Weight(s)
Height5 ft 7 in (170 cm)
Reach69 in (175 cm)
Nationality
  • Cuban
  • American
Born (1971-07-12) July 12, 1971 (age 48)
Guantánamo, Cuba
Stance Southpaw
Boxing record
Total fights45
Wins38
Wins by KO22
Losses6
Draws1

Joel Casamayor Johnson (born July 12, 1971) is a Cuban American former professional boxer who competed from 1996 to 2011. He held world championships in two weight classes, including the WBA super featherweight title from 2000 to 2002; and the WBC, Ring magazine and lineal lightweight titles between 2006 and 2008. As an amateur, Casamayor won a gold medal in the bantamweight division at the 1992 Olympics, after which he defected to the United States on the eve of the 1996 Olympics.

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Amateur career

Casamayor's amateur record stands at 363 wins and 30 losses. [1]

Professional career

He won the NABF Super Featheweight title in 1999 by beating Jose Luis Noyola. Later that year, he won the WBA Super Featherweight title by stopping Jong-Kwon Baek in 5 rounds. In 2002, he lost that title in a controversial[ why? ] unification bout with WBO champion Acelino Freitas. At one point in the fight, Casamayor slipped and the referee ruled it a knockdown. Casamayor also had a point deducted for a late hit. Many believe Casamayor should have won the fight.[ citation needed ] In 2004, Diego Corrales, whom Casamayor stopped in 2003 for the Vacant IBA super featherweight title, defeated him for the vacant WBO Super Featherweight title via a very close and controversial decision. Casamayor failed to take the WBC Lightweight title from José Luis Castillo later that year because the judges scored what seemed to be a clear win for Casamayor over Castillo. After the disputed loss to Castillo, Casamayor's career appeared to be in a downward spiral and he was set up with undefeated rising prospect Almazbek Raiymkulov in June 2005. In a close, spirited battle the bout ended in a draw, with many believing that Casamayor's best days were behind him.

After two victories against little known opposition, in October 2006, Casamayor yet again took on the popular Diego Corrales, and defeated him by split decision, winning the WBC Lightweight title and recognition as the world lightweight champion by Ring Magazine. He was stripped of the WBC title for signing to fight then WBO lightweight champion Freitas rather than defend against his mandatory challenger, WBC interim champion David Díaz. Although the fight with Freitas never took place, David Díaz was still named WBC champion and Freitas went on to fight WBA champion Juan Díaz, losing via a 9th-round TKO.

After Casamayor threatened the WBC with legal action, he was named as their interim champ. He defended the interim championship as well as The Ring's title against Jose Armando Santa Cruz on November 11, 2007 and won a controversial split decision.

The WBC removed Casamayor's interim title when, instead of fighting a rematch with Santa Cruz, he signed to fight undefeated Michael Katsidis, the WBO interim lightweight titlist. On March 22, 2008, in a great battle, Casamayor became the first man to defeat the Australian Katsidis when he won the fight with a TKO in the 10th round. With the win, Casamayor retained his Ring Magazine world title and added the WBO interim championship to his collection.

Casamayor vs. Marquez

Casamayor was defeated by Juan Manuel Márquez on September 13, 2008. Marquez (49-4-1, 36 KOs) by Knockout in the 11th round at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise. In the first four rounds of the bout, Marquez continually walked into counter lefts from Casamayor. It took Marquez until the fifth round to be able to find the range with his right hand. By the fifth round, a cut over Casamayor's right eye was opened from a clash of heads. Rounds five, six, seven and eight were rounds where Marquez landed straight punches from the outside, but he was also nailed by Casamayor whenever he lunged forward. Two minutes into the eleventh round, Casamayor was knocked down by a right hand as he pulled away from an intense exchange. Casamayor got up and immediately tried to smother Marquez, but Marquez let his hands go in furious combination. Casamayor swung back, but he went down again with about 7 seconds left in the round. Referee Tony Weeks stepped in and stopped the fight before Casamayor had a chance to stand up again. This caused some anger from fans, however, Casamayor was gracious in defeat and said, "Marquez was the best this night." The official judges had the fight scored 95-95, 95-95, and 97-93 for Marquez. [2]

Casamayor is a unionized boxer, a member of the Joint Association of Boxers.

Comeback

On November 6, 2009, Casamayor beat Jason Davis by unanimous decision. [3]

Casamayor fought Mexican American Robert Guerrero at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, on July 31, 2010. The 10 round bout was an undercard of the Juan Manuel Márquez vs. Juan Díaz II event. [4] The 39-year-old pugilist lost the match by unanimous decision: 98–89, 98–89, 97–90. Guerrero rocked Casamayor throughout the fight, sending him down in the second round. The Cuban got up and looked exhausted after two rounds. He recovered in the next rounds but Guerrero continued to put pressure, landing several combinations and outboxing him. In the last minute of the final round, the Cuban engaged on the offensive, with Guerrero being knocked down for the first time in his professional career. [5]

Professional boxing record

Professional record summary
45 fights38 wins6 losses
By knockout222
By decision164
Draws1
No.ResultRecordOpponentTypeRound, timeDateLocationNotes
45Loss38–6–1 Flag of the United States.svg Timothy Bradley TKO8 (12), 2:59 Nov 12, 2011 Flag of the United States.svg MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.For WBO junior welterweight title
44Win38–5–1 Flag of Mexico.svg Manuel LeyvaSD10Mar 11, 2011 Flag of the United States.svg Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
43Loss37–5–1 Flag of the United States.svg Robert Guerrero UD10 Jul 31, 2010 Flag of the United States.svg Mandalay Bay Events Center, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
42Win37–4–1 Flag of the United States.svg Jason DavisUD8Nov 6, 2009 Flag of the United States.svg Pearl Concert Theater, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
41Loss36–4–1 Flag of Mexico.svg Juan Manuel Márquez TKO11 (12), 2:55 Sep 13, 2008 Flag of the United States.svg MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.Lost The Ring and lineal lightweight titles
40Win36–3–1 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Michael Katsidis TKO10 (12), 0:30Mar 22, 2008 Flag of the United States.svg Morongo Casino Resort & Spa, Cabazon, California, U.S.Retained The Ring and lineal lightweight titles;
Won WBO interim lightweight title
39Win35–3–1 Flag of Mexico.svg José Santa Cruz SD12Nov 10, 2007 Flag of the United States.svg Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.Retained The Ring and lineal lightweight titles;
Retained WBC interim lightweight title
38Win34–3–1 Flag of the United States.svg Diego Corrales SD12Oct 7, 2006 Flag of the United States.svg Mandalay Bay Events Center, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.Won vacant WBC lightweight title
Won The Ring, and lineal lightweight titles
37Win33–3–1 Flag of the United States.svg Lamont Pearson TKO9 (10), 0:44Jul 7, 2006 Flag of the United States.svg Celebrity Theatre, Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.
36Win32–3–1 Flag of the Dominican Republic.svg Antonio RamirezKO5 (10), 0:26Feb 24, 2006 Flag of the United States.svg Hard Rock Live, Hollywood, Florida, U.S.
35Draw31–3–1 Flag of Kyrgyzstan.svg Almazbek Raiymkulov SD12Jun 11, 2005 Flag of the United States.svg Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.
34Loss31–3 Flag of Mexico.svg José Luis Castillo SD12Dec 4, 2004 Flag of the United States.svg Mandalay Bay Events Center, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.For WBC, The Ring , and lineal lightweight titles
33Win31–2 Flag of Puerto Rico.svg Daniel SedaUD10Jul 3, 2004 Flag of the United States.svg American Airlines Arena, Miami, Florida, U.S.
32Loss30–2 Flag of the United States.svg Diego Corrales SD12Mar 6, 2004 Flag of the United States.svg Foxwoods Resort Casino, Ledyard, Connecticut, U.S.Lost IBA super featherweight title;
For vacant WBO super featherweight title
31Win30–1 Flag of the United States.svg Diego Corrales TKO6 (12), 3:00Oct 4, 2003 Flag of the United States.svg Mandalay Bay Events Center, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.Won vacant IBA super featherweight title
30Win29–1 Flag of the United States.svg Nate Campbell UD10Jan 25, 2003 Flag of the United States.svg Pechanga Resort & Casino, Temecula, California, U.S.
29Win28–1 Flag of Mexico.svg Yoni VargasTKO5 (10), 2:28Dec 20, 2002 Flag of the United States.svg American Airlines Arena, Miami, Florida, U.S.
28Win27–1 Flag of Mexico.svg Juan Jose AriasTKO8 (10), 1:44 Jun 8, 2002 Flag of the United States.svg The Pyramid, Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.
27Loss26–1 Flag of Brazil.svg Acelino Freitas UD12Jan 12, 2002 Flag of the United States.svg Cox Pavilion, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.Lost WBA super featherweight title;
For WBO super featherweight title
26Win26–0 Flag of the United States.svg Joe MoralesTKO8 (12), 2:04Sep 29, 2001 Flag of the United States.svg Miccosukee Resort & Gaming, Miami, Florida, U.S.Retained WBA super featherweight title
25Win25–0 Flag of the Dominican Republic.svg Edwin SantanaUD12May 5, 2001 Flag of the United States.svg Silver Star Hotel and Casino, Philadelphia, Mississippi, U.S.Retained WBA super featherweight title
24Win24–0 Flag of Mexico.svg Robert Garcia TKO9 (12), 1:14Jan 6, 2001 Flag of the United States.svg Texas Station, North Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.Retained WBA super featherweight title
23Win23–0 Flag of the United States.svg Radford BeasleyTKO5 (12), 0:52Sep 16, 2000 Flag of the United States.svg MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.Retained WBA super featherweight title
22Win22–0 Flag of the United States.svg Bernard HarrisUD10Jul 22, 2000 Flag of the United States.svg American Airlines Arena, Miami, Florida, U.S.
21Win21–0 Flag of South Korea.svg Baek Jong-kwon TKO5 (12), 2:18May 21, 2000 Flag of the United States.svg Harrah's, North Kansas City, Missouri, U.S.Won WBA super featherweight title
20Win20–0 Flag of the United States.svg David SantosUD12Nov 20, 1999 Flag of the United States.svg Miccosukee Resort & Gaming, Miami, Florida, U.S.Retained WBA interim super featherweight title
19Win19–0 Flag of Mexico.svg Luis Enrique ValenzuelaTKO2 (10), 2:26Aug 21, 1999 Flag of the United States.svg Miccosukee Resort & Gaming, Miami, Florida, U.S.
18Win18–0 Flag of Mexico.svg Antonio HernándezUD12Jun 19, 1999 Flag of the United States.svg Miccosukee Resort & Gaming, Miami, Florida, U.S.Won WBA interim super featherweight title
17Win17–0 Flag of the United States.svg Jay CantùKO6 (10), 1:02Apr 18, 1999 Flag of the United States.svg Miccosukee Resort & Gaming, Miami, Florida, U.S.
16Win16–0 Flag of Ghana.svg Russell Stoner JonesUD10Mar 14, 1999 Flag of the United States.svg Pueblo, Colorado, U.S.
15Win15–0 Flag of Mexico.svg Jose Luis NoyolaUD12Jan 30, 1999 Flag of the United States.svg Miccosukee Resort & Gaming, Miami, Florida, U.S.Won vacant NABF super featherweight title
14Win14–0 Flag of the United States.svg Raymond FloresTKO2 (6), 2:59Nov 13, 1998 Flag of the United States.svg Miccosukee Resort & Gaming, Miami, Florida, U.S.
13Win13–0 Flag of the United States.svg Eugene JohnsonUD6 Sep 26, 1998 Flag of the United States.svg Mohegan Sun Arena, Montville, Connecticut, U.S.
12Win12–0 Flag of the United States.svg Miguel FigueroaTKO2 (6)Aug 22, 1998 Flag of the United States.svg Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
11Win11–0 Flag of the United States.svg Gary TrianoTKO4 (6), 0:59Jul 21, 1998 Flag of the United States.svg Etess Arena, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
10Win10–0 Flag of Mexico.svg Javier DiazUD8Jan 23, 1998 Flag of the United States.svg Order Sons of Italy, Lake Worth, Florida, U.S.
9Win9–0 Flag of the Dominican Republic.svg Julio Gervacio TKO2 (10), 1:27 Oct 4, 1997 Flag of the United States.svg Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
8Win8–0 Flag of the United States.svg Pat ChavezUD6Aug 19, 1997 Flag of the United States.svg Convention Center, Austin, Texas, U.S.
7Win7–0 Flag of the United States.svg Salvador MontesTKO2 (4), 2:15 Jul 12, 1997 Flag of the United States.svg Caesars Tahoe, Stateline, Nevada, U.S.
6Win6–0 Flag of the United States.svg Raul MunozTKO1 (6), 1:49May 4, 1997 Flag of the United States.svg Circus Maximus Showroom, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
5Win5–0 Flag of Mexico.svg Francisco ValdezTKO3 (6), 1:49Apr 18, 1997 Flag of the United States.svg Las Vegas Hilton, Winchester, Nevada, U.S.
4Win4–0 Flag of the United States.svg Vidal PadillaTKO1 (4)Jan 18, 1997 Flag of Puerto Rico.svg San Juan, Puerto Rico
3Win3–0 Flag of Puerto Rico.svg Roberto SierraKO1 (4), 1:48 Dec 14, 1996 Flag of the United States.svg Convention Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
2Win2–0 Flag of Puerto Rico.svg Oscar Junior GonzalezUD4Nov 1, 1996 Flag of the United States.svg Miami, Florida, U.S.
1Win1–0 Flag of the United States.svg David ChamendisKO1 (4), 1:34Sep 20, 1996 Flag of the United States.svg James L. Knight Convention Center, Miami, Florida, U.S.

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Sporting positions
Regional boxing titles
Vacant
Title last held by
Jesús Chávez
NABF super featherweight champion
January 30, 1999 – May 1999
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Jesús Chávez
Minor world boxing titles
Vacant
Title last held by
Diego Corrales
IBA super featherweight champion
October 4, 2003 – March 6, 2004
Succeeded by
Diego Corrales
Major world boxing titles
Preceded by
Antonio Hernández
WBA super featherweight champion
Interim title

June 19, 1999 – May 21, 2000
Won world title
Vacant
Title next held by
Jorge Solís
Preceded by
Baek Jong-kwon
WBA super featherweight champion
May 21, 2000 – January 12, 2002
Lost bid for Super title
Vacant
Title next held by
Yodsanan Sor Nanthachai
Vacant
Title last held by
Diego Corrales
WBC lightweight champion
October 7, 2006 – February 20, 2007
Status changed
Succeeded by
David Díaz
promoted from interim status
Vacant
Title last held by
David Díaz
WBC lightweight champion
Interim title

February 20, 2007 – 2008
Stripped
Vacant
Title next held by
Antonio DeMarco
Vacant
Title last held by
Diego Corrales
The Ring lightweight champion
October 7, 2006 – September 13, 2008
Succeeded by
Juan Manuel Márquez
Lineal lightweight champion
October 7, 2006 – September 13, 2008
Preceded by
Michael Katsidis
WBO lightweight champion
Interim title

March 22, 2008 – September 2008
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Michael Katsidis