Boxing again suffered a black eye as this past Friday's fight between Luis Alberto Lazarte and Johnriel
Casimero, contested for the IBF’s interim Light Flyweight title,
ended up like the old spectacle given us by fans of Andrew Golota and
Riddick Bowe and of Alan Minter. The fight got little media coverage
outside Argentina and the Philippines, and only a media show in
Mexico showed the subsequent riot formed by Lazarte’s fans.
Lazarte, at 40 the George Foreman of
the Light Flyweights, was receiving a chance at re-winning part of a
title he had held as a whole between 2010 and 2011. But he is a bit
shopworn, and has added two losses in his last three bouts to a
49-11-2, 18 knockouts record. Johnriel Casimero, 16-2, 10 knockouts,
meanwhile, once held the WBO interim title, and was looking to add
the interim IBF one to that. If you can keep counting after all the
latter sentence, that adds to Casimero now having had at least half
of the “interim” championships, like a person who is holding to
Little information is available about
what exactly happened in Mar del Plata Friday night, but from what
Doghouseboxing.com has learned, the Pinoy dynamo was imposing himself
with his youth and power slowly taking over, when he dropped Lazarte
twice in round nine. Lazarte bravely got up and continued fighting,
trying to make his fans happy. Ironically, that move seemed to have
the opposite effect on fans, many of whom were seemingly drunk
already. At one point during the fight, Lazarte supposedly bit
Casimero was raining blows to Lazarte’s
head in round ten when referee Eddie Claudio stopped the bout, giving
Casimero his tenth knockout win. Casimero started to celebrate, but
his celebration was as well received as Marvelous Marvin Hagler’s
was against Minter in London on September 27, 1980. Even worse yet,
Casimero was hit on the back of his head with a chair. Lazarte is
backed in large by a group of fans nicknamed “Los Camioneros”, an
Argentine truck drivers union that has historically suffered from
An undisclosed amount of people were
injured, including Casimero himself.
To Lazarte’s credit, him and his
promoter both apologized to Casimero and to boxing fans around the
world immediately after the barbaric and cowardly act.
A disgraceful moment for our beloved
sport and one that neither of the boxers deserved to be a part of.
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