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
Statistics
Real name Joel Casamayor Johnson
Nickname(s) El Cepillo ("The Brush")
Rated at
Height 5 ft 7 in (170 cm)
Reach 69 in (175 cm)
Nationality
  • Cuban
  • American
Born (1971-07-12) July 12, 1971 (age 45)
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 American former professional boxer who competed from 1996 to 2011. He is a two-weight world champion, having held the WBA super featherweight title from 2000 to 2002; the WBC lightweight title from 2006 to 2007; the Ring magazine and lineal lightweight titles from 2006 to 2008; and the WBO interim lightweight title in 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.

Amateur career[edit]

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

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 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[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.[2]

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

Comeback[edit]

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[edit]

Professional record summary
45 fights 38 wins 6 losses
By knockout 22 2
By decision 16 4
Draws 1
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
45 Loss 38–6–1 United States Timothy Bradley TKO 8 (12), 2:59 Nov 12, 2011 United States MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. For WBO junior welterweight title
44 Win 38–5–1 Mexico Manuel Leyva SD 10 Mar 11, 2011 United States Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
43 Loss 37–5–1 United States Robert Guerrero UD 10 Jul 31, 2010 United States Mandalay Bay Events Center, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
42 Win 37–4–1 United States Jason Davis UD 8 Nov 6, 2009 United States Palms Casino Resort, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
41 Loss 36–4–1 Mexico Juan Manuel Márquez TKO 11 (12), 2:55 Sep 13, 2008 United States MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Lost The Ring and lineal lightweight titles
40 Win 36–3–1 Australia Michael Katsidis TKO 10 (12), 0:30 Mar 22, 2008 United States Morongo Casino, Resort & Spa, Cabazon, California, U.S. Retained The Ring and lineal lightweight titles;
Won WBO interim lightweight title
39 Win 35–3–1 Mexico José Santa Cruz SD 12 Nov 10, 2007 United States Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S. Retained The Ring and lineal lightweight titles;
Retained WBC interim lightweight title
38 Win 34–3–1 United States Diego Corrales SD 12 Oct 7, 2006 United States Mandalay Bay Events Center, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Won vacant WBC, The Ring, and lineal lightweight titles
37 Win 33–3–1 United States Lamont Pearson TKO 9 (10), 0:44 Jul 7, 2006 United States Celebrity Theatre, Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.
36 Win 32–3–1 Dominican Republic Antonio Ramirez KO 5 (10), 0:26 Feb 24, 2006 United States Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Hollywood, Florida, U.S.
35 Draw 31–3–1 Kyrgyzstan Almazbek Raiymkulov SD 12 Jun 11, 2005 United States Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.
34 Loss 31–3 Mexico José Luis Castillo SD 12 Dec 4, 2004 United States Mandalay Bay Events Center, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. For WBC, The Ring, and lineal lightweight titles
33 Win 31–2 Puerto Rico Daniel Seda UD 10 Jul 3, 2004 United States American Airlines Arena, Miami, Florida, U.S.
32 Loss 30–2 United States Diego Corrales SD 12 Mar 6, 2004 United States Foxwoods Resort Casino, Ledyard, Connecticut, U.S. Lost IBA super featherweight title;
For vacant WBO super featherweight title
31 Win 30–1 United States Diego Corrales TKO 6 (12), 3:00 Oct 4, 2003 United States Mandalay Bay Events Center, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Won vacant IBA super featherweight title
30 Win 29–1 United States Nate Campbell UD 10 Jan 25, 2003 United States Pechanga Resort and Casino, Temecula, California, U.S.
29 Win 28–1 Mexico Yoni Vargas TKO 5 (10), 2:28 Dec 20, 2002 United States American Airlines Arena, Miami, Florida, U.S.
28 Win 27–1 Mexico Juan Jose Arias TKO 8 (10), 1:44 Jun 8, 2002 United States The Pyramid, Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.
27 Loss 26–1 Brazil Acelino Freitas UD 12 Jan 12, 2002 United States Cox Pavilion, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Lost WBA super featherweight title;
For WBA (Super) and WBO super featherweight titles
26 Win 26–0 United States Joe Morales TKO 8 (12), 2:04 Sep 29, 2001 United States Miccosukee Resort and Gaming, Miami, Florida, U.S. Retained WBA super featherweight title
25 Win 25–0 Dominican Republic Edwin Santana UD 12 May 5, 2001 United States Silver Star Hotel and Casino, Philadelphia, Mississippi, U.S. Retained WBA super featherweight title
24 Win 24–0 United States Robert Garcia TKO 9 (12), 1:14 Jan 6, 2001 United States Texas Station, North Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S. Retained WBA super featherweight title
23 Win 23–0 United States Radford Beasley TKO 5 (12), 0:52 Sep 16, 2000 United States MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Retained WBA super featherweight title
22 Win 22–0 United States Bernard Harris UD 10 Sep 16, 2000 United States American Airlines Arena, Miami, Florida, U.S.
21 Win 21–0 South Korea Baek Jong-kwon TKO 5 (12), 2:18 May 21, 2000 United States Harrah's, North Kansas City, Missouri, U.S. Won WBA super featherweight title
20 Win 20–0 United States David Santos UD 12 Nov 20, 1999 United States Miccosukee Resort and Gaming, Miami, Florida, U.S. Retained WBA interim super featherweight title
19 Win 19–0 Mexico Luis Enrique Valenzuela TKO 2 (10), 2:26 Aug 21, 1999 United States Miccosukee Resort and Gaming, Miami, Florida, U.S.
18 Win 18–0 Mexico Antonio Hernández UD 12 Jun 19, 1999 United States Miccosukee Resort and Gaming, Miami, Florida, U.S. Won WBA interim super featherweight title
17 Win 17–0 United States Jay Cantù KO 6 (10), 1:02 Apr 18, 1999 United States Miccosukee Resort and Gaming, Miami, Florida, U.S.
16 Win 16–0 Ghana Russell Stoner Jones UD 10 Mar 14, 1999 United States Pueblo, Colorado, U.S.
15 Win 15–0 Mexico Jose Luis Noyola UD 12 Jan 30, 1999 United States Miccosukee Resort and Gaming, Miami, Florida, U.S. Won vacant NABF super featherweight title
14 Win 14–0 United States Raymond Flores TKO 2 (6), 2:59 Nov 13, 1998 United States Miccosukee Resort and Gaming, Miami, Florida, U.S.
13 Win 13–0 United States Eugene Johnson UD 6 Sep 26, 1998 United States Mohegan Sun Arena, Montville, Connecticut, U.S.
12 Win 12–0 United States Miguel Figueroa TKO 2 (6) Aug 22, 1998 United States Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
11 Win 11–0 United States Gary Triano TKO 4 (6), 0:59 Jul 21, 1998 United States Etess Arena, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
10 Win 10–0 Mexico Javier Diaz UD 8 Jan 23, 1998 United States Order Sons of Italy, Lake Worth, Florida, U.S.
9 Win 9–0 Dominican Republic Julio Gervacio TKO 2 (10), 1:27 Oct 4, 1997 United States Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
8 Win 8–0 United States Pat Chavez UD 6 Aug 19, 1997 United States Convention Center, Austin, Texas, U.S.
7 Win 7–0 United States Salvador Montes TKO 2 (4), 2:15 Jul 12, 1997 United States Caesars Tahoe, Stateline, Nevada, U.S.
6 Win 6–0 United States Raul Munoz TKO 1 (6), 1:49 May 4, 1997 United States Circus Maximus Showroom, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
5 Win 5–0 Mexico Francisco Valdez TKO 3 (6), 1:49 Apr 18, 1997 United States Las Vegas Hilton, Winchester, Nevada, U.S.
4 Win 4–0 United States Vidal Padilla TKO 1 (4) Jan 18, 1997 Puerto Rico San Juan, Puerto Rico
3 Win 3–0 Puerto Rico Roberto Sierra KO 1 (4), 1:48 Dec 14, 1996 United States Convention Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
2 Win 2–0 Puerto Rico Oscar Junior Gonzalez UD 4 Nov 1, 1996 United States Miami, Florida, U.S.
1 Win 1–0 United States David Chamendis KO 1 (4), 1:34 Sep 20, 1996 United States James L. Knight Convention Center, Miami, Florida, U.S. Professional debut

References[edit]

  1. ^ Fischer, Doug (December 22, 2015). "Best I Faced: Joel Casamayor". The Ring. Retrieved December 21, 2016.
  2. ^ ap.google.com, Marquez floors Casamayor in big lightweight debut[dead link]
  3. ^ Joel Casamayor : boxer
  4. ^ Gonzales, Jhonny (July 9, 2010). "Joel Casamayor Wants To Avenge Loss To Marquez". BoxingScene.com. Retrieved July 9, 2010. 
  5. ^ Vester, Mark (July 31, 2010). "Robert Guerrero Gets Lackluster Win Over Joel Casamayor". BoxingScene.com. Retrieved August 1, 2010. 

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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 1, 2007
Stripped
Succeeded by
David Díaz
promoted from interim status
Vacant
Title last held by
José Santa Cruz
WBC lightweight champion
Interim title

? 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