The IBF has banned a boxer who threatened the life of a referee during a match and sparked an ugly riot that resulted in his opponent being assaulted.
Former junior lightweight champion Luis Lazarte won't be allowed to fight in any IBF-sanctioned event after he lost to Johnriel Casimero of the Philippines last week in Mar del Plata, Argentina. The fight was for the IBF's vacant interim 108-pound world title.
Lazarte repeatedly fouled Casimero with head butts and punches below the belt, and bit him at least twice. When referee Eddie Claudio took a point away from Lazarte in the sixth round, he asked the official, "Do you want to make it out of here alive?"
After Claudio stopped the fight in the 10th round, giving Casimero the win, a riot in the stands broke out. Enraged fans climbed into the ring and assulted Casimero and one of his corner men, who suffered a broken rib.
"There is one measure that we are taking into our own hands and that we will enforce," IBF president Daryl Peoples wrote to the president of the Argentina Boxing Federation. "I believe that I do not have to express to you that Lazarte's threat to Claudio, which can be clearly heard in the telecast, is completely unacceptable, should not be taken lightly and merits punishment. Behavior of this nature by a fighter is not and will not be tolerated by the IBF."
The ban on Lazarte could be moot. The 40-year-old said after the fight he was considering retirement.