Joel Casamayor

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This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Casamayor and the second or maternal family name is Johnson.
Joel Casamayor
Real name Joel Casamayor Johnson
Nickname(s) El Cepillo ("The Brush")
Rated at Super featherweight
Light welterweight
Height 5 ft 7 in (170 cm)
Reach 69 in (175 cm)
Nationality Cuban
Born (1971-07-12) July 12, 1971 (age 44)
Guantánamo, Cuba
Stance Southpaw
Boxing record
Total fights 45
Wins 38
Wins by KO 22
Losses 6
Draws 1

Joel Casamayor Johnson (born July 12, 1971) is a Cuban former professional boxer. He held the WBA super featherweight title as well as the WBC, Ring magazine and WBO (interim) lightweight titles. 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. His nickname of "El Cepillo", literally translated to "the brush", refers to his uppercut, which is said to rake his opponents across the face, while also representing his ability to "brush off" punches from his opponents.

Amateur career[edit]

Professional career[edit]

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 Diaz. Although the fight with Freitas never took place, David Diaz was still named WBC champion and Freitas went on to fight WBA champion Juan Diaz, 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. He is managed by Luis Decubas Jr.

Casamayor vs. Marquez[edit]

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.[1]

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


On November 6, 2009, Casamayor beat Jason Davis by unanimous decision.[2]

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 Marquez vs. Juan Diaz II event.[3] 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.[4]

Professional boxing record[edit]

38 Wins (22 Knockouts), 6 Defeats (2 Knockouts), 1 Draw[5]
Res. Record Opponent Type Rd., Time Date Location Notes
Loss 38-6-1 United States Timothy Bradley TKO 8 (12), 2:59 2011-11-12 United States MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada For WBO Light Welterweight title.
Win 38-5-1 Mexico Manuel Leyva SD 10 2011-03-11 United States Planet Hollywood, Las Vegas, Nevada
Loss 37-5-1 United States Robert Guerrero UD 10 2010-07-31 United States Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas, Nevada
Win 37-4-1 United States Jason Davis UD 8 2009-11-06 United States Palms, Las Vegas, Nevada
Loss 36-4-1 Mexico Juan Manuel Márquez TKO 11 (12), 2:55 2008-09-13 United States MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada Lost The Ring Lightweight title.
Win 36-3-1 Australia Michael Katsidis TKO 10 (12), 0:30 2008-03-22 United States Morongo, Cabazon, California Retained The Ring & Interim WBO Lightweight titles.
Win 35-3-1 Mexico José Santa Cruz SD 12 2007-11-10 United States Madison Square Garden, New York, New York Retained The Ring and won Interim WBC Lightweight titles.
Win 34-3-1 United States Diego Corrales SD 12 2006-10-07 United States Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas, Nevada Won WBC and The Ring Lightweight titles.
Win 33-3-1 United States Lamont Pearson TKO 9 (10), 0:44 2006-07-07 United States Celebrity Theatre, Phoenix, Arizona
Win 32-3-1 Dominican Republic Antonio Ramirez KO 5 (10), 0:26 2006-02-24 United States Seminole Hard Rock, Hollywood, Florida
Draw 31-3-1 Kyrgyzstan Almazbek Raiymkulov PTS 12 2005-06-11 United States Madison Square Garden, New York, New York WBC Lightweight Title Eliminator.
Loss 31–3 Mexico José Luis Castillo SD 12 2004-12-04 United States Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas, Nevada For WBC Lightweight title.
Win 31–2 Puerto Rico Daniel Seda UD 10 2004-07-03 United States American Airlines Arena, Miami, Florida
Loss 30–2 United States Diego Corrales SD 12 2004-03-06 United States Foxwoods, Mashantucket, Connecticut For WBO & IBO Super Featherweight titles.
Win 30–1 United States Diego Corrales TKO 6 (12), 3:00 2003-10-04 United States Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas, Nevada Won vacant IBA Super Featherweight title.
Win 29–1 United States Nate Campbell UD 10 2003-01-25 United States Pechanga, Temecula, California
Win 28–1 Mexico Yoni Vargas TKO 5 (10), 2:28 2002-12-20 United States American Airlines Arena, Miami, Florida
Win 27–1 Mexico Juan Jose Arias TKO 8 (10), 1:44 2002-06-08 United States Pyramid Arena, Memphis, Tennessee
Loss 26–1 Brazil Acelino Freitas UD 12 2002-01-12 United States Cox Pavilion, Las Vegas, Nevada For WBA & WBO Super Featherweight titles.
Win 26–0 United States Joe Morales TKO 8 (12), 2:04 2001-09-29 United States Miccosukee Resort & Gaming, Miami, Florida Retained WBA Super Featherweight title.
Win 25–0 Dominican Republic Edwin Santana UD 12 2001-05-05 United States Silver Star Casino, Philadelphia, Mississippi Retained WBA Super Featherweight title.
Win 24–0 United States Robert Garcia TKO 9 (12), 1:14 2001-01-06 United States Texas Station, Las Vegas, Nevada Retained WBA Super Featherweight title.
Win 23–0 United States Radford Beasley TKO 5 (12), 0:52 2000-09-16 United States MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada Retained WBA Super Featherweight title.
Win 22–0 United States Bernard Harris UD 10 2000-09-16 United States American Airlines Arena, Miami, Florida
Win 21–0 South Korea Jong-Kwon Baek TKO 5 (12), 2:18 2000-05-21 United States Harrah's North Kansas City, Kansas City, Missouri Won WBA Super Featherweight title.
Win 20–0 United States David Santos UD 12 1999-11-20 United States Miccosukee Resort & Gaming, Miami, Florida Retained Interim WBA Super Featherweight title.
Win 19–0 Mexico Luis Enrique Valenzuela TKO 2 (10), 2:26 1999-08-21 United States Miccosukee Resort & Gaming, Miami, Florida
Win 18–0 Mexico Antonio Hernandez UD 12 1999-06-19 United States Miccosukee Resort & Gaming, Miami, Florida Won Interim WBA Super Featherweight title.
Win 17–0 United States Jay Cantu KO 6 (10), 1:02 1999-04-18 United States Miccosukee Resort & Gaming, Miami, Florida
Win 16–0 Ghana Russell Stoner Jones UD 10 1999-03-14 United States Pueblo, Colorado
Win 15–0 Mexico Jose Luis Noyola UD 12 1999-01-30 United States Miccosukee Resort & Gaming, Miami, Florida Won NABF Super Featherweight title.
Win 14–0 United States Raymond Flores TKO 2 (6), 2:59 1998-11-13 United States Miccosukee Resort & Gaming, Miami, Florida
Win 13–0 United States Eugene Johnson UD 6 1998-09-26 United States Mohegan Sun, Uncasville, Connecticut
Win 12–0 United States Miguel Figueroa TKO 2 (6) 1998-08-22 United States Atlantic City Convention Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey
Win 11–0 United States Gary Triano TKO 4 1998-07-21 United States Etess Arena, Atlantic City, New Jersey
Win 10–0 Mexico Javier Diaz UD 8 1998-01-23 United States Sons Of Italy, Lake Worth, Florida
Win 9–0 Dominican Republic Julio Gervacio TKO 2 (10), 1:27 1997-10-04 United States Caesars, Atlantic City, New Jersey
Win 8–0 United States Pat Chavez UD 6 1997-08-19 United States Austin Convention Center, Austin, Texas
Win 7–0 United States Salvador Montes TKO 2 (4), 2:15 1997-07-12 United States Caesars, Stateline, Nevada
Win 6–0 United States Raul Munoz TKO 1 (6), 1:49 1997-05-04 United States Caesars, Atlantic City, New Jersey
Win 5–0 Mexico Francisco Valdez TKO 3 (6), 1:49 1997-04-18 United States Hilton, Las Vegas, Nevada
Win 4–0 United States Vidal Padilla TKO 1 (4) 1997-01-18 Puerto Rico Condado
Win 3–0 Puerto Rico Roberto Sierra KO 1 (4) 1996-12-14 United States Atlantic City Convention Center, Atlantic City, New Jersey
Win 2–0 Puerto Rico Oscar Junior Gonzalez UD 4 1996-11-01 United States Coconut Grove, Florida
Win 1–0 United States David Chamendis KO 1 (4), 1:34 1996-09-20 United States James L. Knight International Center, Miami, Florida Professional Debut

See also[edit]


  1. ^, Marquez floors Casamayor in big lightweight debut[dead link]
  2. ^ Joel Casamayor : boxer
  3. ^ Gonzales, Jhonny (July 9, 2010). "Joel Casamayor Wants To Avenge Loss To Marquez". Retrieved July 9, 2010. 
  4. ^ Vester, Mark (July 31, 2010). "Robert Guerrero Gets Lackluster Win Over Joel Casamayor". Retrieved August 1, 2010. 
  5. ^ Joel Casamayor's Professional Boxing Record. Retrieved on 2011-08-28.

External links[edit]

Awards and achievements
New title WBA Super Featherweight Interim Champion
June 19, 1999 – May 21, 2000
Title next held by
Likar Ramos Concha
Preceded by
Jong-Kwon Baek
WBA Super Featherweight Champion
May 21, 2000 – January 12, 2002
Lost bid for super title
Title next held by
Yodsanan Sor Nanthachai
as Regular champion
Succeeded by
Acelino Freitas
as Super champion
Preceded by
Diego Corrales
WBC Lightweight Champion
October 7, 2006 – February 20, 2007
Succeeded by
David Díaz
Interim champ elavated
The Ring Lightweight champion
October 7, 2006 – September 13, 2008
Succeeded by
Juan Manuel Márquez
Preceded by
Michael Katsidis
WBO Lightweight Champion
Interim Title

March 22, 2008 – September 13, 2008
Succeeded by
Michael Katsidis
Titles in pretence
Title last held by
Diego Corrales
World Super Featherweight Champion
IBA Recognition

October 4, 2003 - March 6, 2004
Succeeded by
Diego Corrales