Next to his
homeland’s fine cigars, many in the boxing world would consider Joel
Casamayor one of Cuba’s greatest exports. The 35-year-old southpaw’s
record speaks for itself. From winning an Olympic gold medal at the
Barcelona games to reigning as the current WBC Lightweight Champ,
Casamayor has had a career most boxers would only dream about.
“Growing up in Cuba I didn’t have many athletic options,” said
Casamayor. “I was too short for baseball, and boxing fit my
Casamayor won the NABF Super Featherweight title in 1999. Later that year, he won the WBA Super Featherweight title. In 2002, he lost that title in a unification bout with WBO champion Acelino Freitas. After working his way up the rankings, Casamayor took on Diego Corrales and defeated him by split decision, winning the WBC Lightweight title in October of 2006.
Casamayor is a fighter motivated by his family and the prestige of being a world champ. “I have a great will to win. I hate to lose, and I feel that I never have really lost a fight,” said the champ. “I will definitely never let any chump say he beat the great Casamayor.”
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