|Real name||Joel Casamayor Johnson|
|Nickname(s)||El Cepillo ("The Brush")|
|Height||5 ft 7 in (170 cm)|
|Reach||69 in (175 cm)|
|Born||July 12, 1971|
|Wins by KO||22|
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.
Casamayor's amateur record stands at 363 wins and 30 losses.
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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 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.
Casamayor is a unionized boxer, a member of the Joint Association of Boxers.
On November 6, 2009, Casamayor beat Jason Davis by unanimous decision.
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.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.
|Professional record summary|
|45 fights||38 wins||6 losses|
|45||Loss||38–6–1||TKO||8 (12), 2:59||Nov 12, 2011||For WBO junior welterweight title|
|44||Win||38–5–1||SD||10||Mar 11, 2011|
|43||Loss||37–5–1||UD||10||Jul 31, 2010|
|42||Win||37–4–1||UD||8||Nov 6, 2009|
|41||Loss||36–4–1||TKO||11 (12), 2:55||Sep 13, 2008||Lost The Ring and lineal lightweight titles|
|40||Win||36–3–1||TKO||10 (12), 0:30||Mar 22, 2008||Retained The Ring and lineal lightweight titles;|
Won WBO interim lightweight title
|39||Win||35–3–1||SD||12||Nov 10, 2007||Retained The Ring and lineal lightweight titles;|
Retained WBC interim lightweight title
|38||Win||34–3–1||SD||12||Oct 7, 2006||Won vacant WBC lightweight title|
Won The Ring, and lineal lightweight titles
|37||Win||33–3–1||TKO||9 (10), 0:44||Jul 7, 2006|
|36||Win||32–3–1||KO||5 (10), 0:26||Feb 24, 2006|
|35||Draw||31–3–1||SD||12||Jun 11, 2005|
|34||Loss||31–3||SD||12||Dec 4, 2004||For WBC, The Ring , and lineal lightweight titles|
|33||Win||31–2||UD||10||Jul 3, 2004|
|32||Loss||30–2||SD||12||Mar 6, 2004||Lost IBA super featherweight title;|
For vacant WBO super featherweight title
|31||Win||30–1||TKO||6 (12), 3:00||Oct 4, 2003||Won vacant IBA super featherweight title|
|30||Win||29–1||UD||10||Jan 25, 2003|
|29||Win||28–1||TKO||5 (10), 2:28||Dec 20, 2002|
|28||Win||27–1||TKO||8 (10), 1:44||Jun 8, 2002|
|27||Loss||26–1||UD||12||Jan 12, 2002||Lost WBA super featherweight title;|
For WBO super featherweight title
|26||Win||26–0||TKO||8 (12), 2:04||Sep 29, 2001||Retained WBA super featherweight title|
|25||Win||25–0||UD||12||May 5, 2001||Retained WBA super featherweight title|
|24||Win||24–0||TKO||9 (12), 1:14||Jan 6, 2001||Retained WBA super featherweight title|
|23||Win||23–0||TKO||5 (12), 0:52||Sep 16, 2000||Retained WBA super featherweight title|
|22||Win||22–0||UD||10||Jul 22, 2000|
|21||Win||21–0||TKO||5 (12), 2:18||May 21, 2000||Won WBA super featherweight title|
|20||Win||20–0||UD||12||Nov 20, 1999||Retained WBA interim super featherweight title|
|19||Win||19–0||TKO||2 (10), 2:26||Aug 21, 1999|
|18||Win||18–0||UD||12||Jun 19, 1999||Won WBA interim super featherweight title|
|17||Win||17–0||KO||6 (10), 1:02||Apr 18, 1999|
|16||Win||16–0||UD||10||Mar 14, 1999|
|15||Win||15–0||UD||12||Jan 30, 1999||Won vacant NABF super featherweight title|
|14||Win||14–0||TKO||2 (6), 2:59||Nov 13, 1998|
|13||Win||13–0||UD||6||Sep 26, 1998|
|12||Win||12–0||TKO||2 (6)||Aug 22, 1998|
|11||Win||11–0||TKO||4 (6), 0:59||Jul 21, 1998|
|10||Win||10–0||UD||8||Jan 23, 1998|
|9||Win||9–0||TKO||2 (10), 1:27||Oct 4, 1997|
|8||Win||8–0||UD||6||Aug 19, 1997|
|7||Win||7–0||TKO||2 (4), 2:15||Jul 12, 1997|
|6||Win||6–0||TKO||1 (6), 1:49||May 4, 1997|
|5||Win||5–0||TKO||3 (6), 1:49||Apr 18, 1997|
|4||Win||4–0||TKO||1 (4)||Jan 18, 1997|
|3||Win||3–0||KO||1 (4), 1:48||Dec 14, 1996|
|2||Win||2–0||UD||4||Nov 1, 1996|
|1||Win||1–0||KO||1 (4), 1:34||Sep 20, 1996|
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|Regional boxing titles|
Title last held byJesús Chávez
| NABF super featherweight champion|
January 30, 1999 – May 1999
Title next held byJesús Chávez
|Minor world boxing titles|
Title last held byDiego Corrales
| IBA super featherweight champion|
October 4, 2003 – March 6, 2004
|Major world boxing titles|
| WBA super featherweight champion |
June 19, 1999 – May 21, 2000
Won world title
Title next held byJorge Solís
| WBA super featherweight champion|
May 21, 2000 – January 12, 2002
Lost bid for Super title
Title next held byYodsanan Sor Nanthachai
Title last held byDiego Corrales
| WBC lightweight champion |
October 7, 2006 – February 20, 2007
promoted from interim status
Title last held byDavid Díaz
| WBC lightweight champion|
February 20, 2007 – 2008
Title next held byAntonio DeMarco
Title last held byDiego Corrales
| The Ring lightweight champion |
October 7, 2006 – September 13, 2008
Juan Manuel Márquez
| Lineal lightweight champion|
October 7, 2006 – September 13, 2008
| WBO lightweight champion|
March 22, 2008 – September 2008
Title next held byMichael Katsidis