Pinoy boxer's title win sparks ugly riot in Argentina
MANILA, Philippines – Philippines’ Johnriel Casimero captured the interim IBF junior flyweight title via a 10th-round stoppage of Luis “El Mosquito” Lazarte in Buenos Aires, Argentina on Saturday.
Casimero’s victory, however, wasn’t well accepted in Lazarte’s hometown as angry Argentine fans climbed the ring and attacked Casimero’s team, including Filipino promoter Sammy Gello-ani.
Police officers on the scene failed to prevent the violence even as fans started hurling chairs and bottles into the ring.
The fight itself was marred by dirty tactics from both fighters.
The 40-year-old Lazarte, unable to connect much against the rangy Casimero, threw rabbit punches against the Filipino boxer each time they were caught in a clinch.
He also complained to the referee several times while pretending to be hit by low blows and head butts.
These actions prompted the 21-year-old Casimero to retaliate with tricks of his own.
The exchange eventually wore Lazarte down.
Casimero caught him with a couple of combinations in the 9th round, where the Argentine boxer got knocked down twice.
The Filipino went for the finisher in the following round, prompting Lazarte’s corner to throw in the towel.
Then the riot began.
"The three of us suffered bruises," Gello-ani said in Philboxing.com. "But I can take it, we can take it.
"My friend, Oswaldo Bravo had to pull Casimero pull from the mob and hide him under the ring," Gello-ani narrated.
"Bottles and chairs were flying. Lazarte is a member of the trucker's union and the rioters were his friends. I was kicked, Pingping (trainer Cristopher Tepora) was punched. But we are safe now and we are guarded by the local police."