Joel Casamayor


Joel Casamayor : biography

July 12, 1971 –

Amateur career

  • 1989 – Gold medal (Bantamweight) at the Junior World Championships
  • 1992 – Gold medal (Bantamweight) at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, Spain
    • Defeated Venkatesan Devarajan (India) points
    • Defeated Riadh Klaai (Tunisia) points
    • Defeated Roberto Jalnaiz (Philippines) KO 1
    • Defeated Mohammed Achik (Morocco) TKO 1
    • Defeated Wayne McCullough (Ireland) points
  • 1993 – Silver medal (Bantamweight) at the 1993 World Amateur Boxing Championships in Tampere, Finland
    • Defeated Agathangelos Tsiripidis (Greece) TKO 3
    • Defeated Dirk Krueger (Germany) points
    • Defeated Arthur Mikaelian (Armenia) points
    • Defeated Vladislav Antonov (Russia) points
    • Lost to Alexander Hristov (Bulgaria) points
  • 1994 – Bronze medal (Featherweight) at the World Cup in Bangkok, Thailand
    • Defeated Brian Carr (Scotland) points
    • Defeated Nourredine Medjihoud (Algeria) points
    • Defeated Cristian Rodriguez (Argentina) points
    • Lost to Falk Huste (Germany) points
  • 1994 – Silver Medal (Featherweight) at the Goodwill Games in St. Petersburg, Russia
    • Defeated Kai Kandelin (Finland) TKO 1
    • Defeated Claude Chinon (France) points
    • Lost to Ramaz Paliani (Russia) points
  • 1995 – Competed (Featherweight) at the 1995 World Amateur Boxing Championships in Berlin, Germany
    • Lost to Raimkul Malachbekov (Russia) points

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 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. 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.