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Lazarte Talks: I Had Nothing To Do With The Casimero Riot

By Jhonny Gonzalez

Junior flyweight Luis Lazarte says that he had nothing to do with the riot that broke out last Saturday night in Buenos Aires, Argentina. After Filipino contender Johnreil Casimero stopped Lazarte in the tenth round to capture the IBF's interim title - a shower of chairs and bottles were thrown into the ring by a gang of fans. A angry mob rushed inside the ring and attacked Casimero and his handlers. Even some of the officials, including referee Eddie Claudio, suffered injuries in the riot.

On Thursday, the IBF issued a lifetime ban on Lazarte, which prevents the boxer from competing in their title fights. Lazarte, 40-years-old, is already looking to retire from boxing but the Argentinian fan favorite is still very angry with the organization's decision.

"What can you expect from ignorant people. They are ignorant. I had nothing to do with the incidents. I have nothing to do with whoever entered the ring [after the fight. [The verbal threat on the ref] was a heated moment. In such a moment in time, a person can say anything. I apologized to a lot of people. I apologized to the referee. I apologized to the Filipinos worldwide. I do not know who entered the ring. I do not know who they are. And I have nothing to do with them. I apologized to [Casimero] and luckily he accepted my apology," Lazarte said.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Randomum on 02-18-2012

Him and his whole family should be banned permanently from boxing as punishment. The ref should be suspended for not stopping the fight earlier, the commision that licensed him should be fined or investigated, and they need to reeducate refs.…

Comment by komandante on 02-18-2012

The whole Lazarte Team should never be allowed close to a boxing ring. They should all be sent to jail :boxing:

Comment by komandante on 02-18-2012

This dude is really classless. It has been positively identified that the man in green cap w/ a PERONISTA written at the back of his shirt was his 22 yrs old son. If Lazarte have been banned before bacause of…

Comment by BABYBOXER on 02-18-2012

i agree with lazarte, it was'nt his fault... what makes me wonder is that, how come that a dirty fighter like lazarte got a lot of diehard fans?...and what they did is a bad image for argentina boxing... but i…

Comment by liuj88 on 02-18-2012

[QUOTE=BIGPOPPAPUMP;11793622]Junior flyweight Luis Lazarte says that he had nothing to do with the riot that broke out last Saturday night in Buenos Aires, Argentina. After Filipino contender Johnreil Casimero stopped Lazarte in the tenth round to capture the IBF's interim…

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