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World Boxing Federation Champions Of The Past: Juan Lazcano

Posted on August 4 2014                                              Bookmark and Share
By: Clive Baum



Since the World Boxing Federation was originally founded by American Larry Carrier in 1988, many of the sport’s biggest names have won a WBF title, and proudly defended the blue, red and gold belt all over the world.

In the previous seven segments of the series we profiled former WBF Champions Johnny Nelson, Greg Haugen, Samson Dutch Boy Gym, Angel Manfredy, Carl Daniels, Ricky Parkey and Jeff Malcolm.

In the eighth edition of WBF Champions of The Past we feature former Lightweight World Champion Juan Lazcano, AKA The Hispanic Causing Panic, who fought professionally for fifteen years and faced a long line of big-name opponents.


Juan Ernesto Lazcano was born on February 23 1975 in Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico. When he was only two months old, he moved with his family to El Paso, Texas in the United States, and took up boxing at the age of eight when he and some friends found a place called Rocky´s Gym.

During the course of the next ten years, Lazcano fought 150 amateur bouts, losing only fifteen times, winning the Texas Golden Gloves and competing against the best opponents possible in his country at the US National championships.

In 1993 he turned professional at age eighteen, scoring a first round knockout of Chris Crespin at the Country Club in Reseda, California, on the same card as future Hall-Of-Famer Shane Mosley, who was fighting in his third pro bout that night.

In his first ten months as a pro Lazcano was on a busy schedule, and quickly went to 8-0 (5) before experiencing a setback in July 1994.

Fighting at the legendary Olympic Auditorium in Los Angeles, where so many great fighters have boxed over the years, Lazcano was forced to fight through the pain of a broken hand against Jose Manjarrez, and lost a unanimous decision and his unbeaten record.

It would be twenty-one months before he returned to action, in April 1996, stopping Juan Carlos Aranday in three rounds in the city where he was born, Ciudad Juarez just across the USA-Mexico border. Back on track, he returned to El Paso to score two more stoppages in May and June, lining up a real crossroads fight.

On September 21 1996, at the Aladdin Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Lazcano, now 11-1 (8), squared off with fellow prospect Antonio Diaz, who brought a record of 10-1 (8). After eight competitive rounds, Lazcano was the winner by majority decision, and graduated from prospect to contender after only thirteen paid bouts.

Less than three months later he would get his reward, as he was matched against Daniel Lujan (11-3-1) in a fight for the vacant WBF World Lightweight title at the exact same venue where Lazcano entered the pro ranks three years earlier, the Country Club in Reseda.

But Lazcano was not able to follow up on the impressive victory in his previous outing, and Lujan proved a formidable foe. Both boxers had their moments, but in the end it was declared a draw when two judges scored the contest 113-113, while the third had Lujan up 115-111.

A rematch was quickly arranged, and they went at it again two months later, at the same venue, and this time Lazcano left nothing to chance as he knocked out Lujan in four rounds to finally capture the WBF world title. Focused and determined, and still only 21-years-old, he proved his class and that the first fight was just an off-night for him.

Lazcano defended his title on July 11 1997 in Las Vegas against tough contender James Crayton (22-7). As the co-featured attraction on a show at the Tropicana Hotel & Casino that also saw Japans Yosuke Nishijima lift the WBF World Cruiserweight crown, Lazcano came out victorious on the scorecards.

Unfortunately there would be no second defense. After almost a year out of the ring, Lazcano was stopped in three rounds by Golden Johnson (12-1-2) in a non title fight in June 1998, and suddenly he found himself pushed down the ladder, looking up.

Between November 1998 and May 2000 he put together a string of victories against more or less unknown opposition, before reestablishing himself in June with a victory (TKO9) over former Bantamweight, Super Bantamweight and Featherweight world Champion Wilfredo Vasquez (52-8-2).

Now on a roll, Lazcano went on to defeat, among others, former world champion Jesse James Leija (40-4-2) by decision, contender Dorin Spivey (26-1) by TKO8, former world champion John John Molina (52-6) by TKO11, and former world champion Stevie Johnston (35-2-1) by TKO11.

In June 2004 he lost on points to Jose Luis Castillo (49-6-1) in a fight for the vacant WBC World Lightweight title, but returned to win another four fights before losing an official world title-eliminator to Vivian Harris (27-2-1) in February 2007.

Lazcano retired after a unanimous decision loss to the massively popular Ricky Hatton, challenging the Englishman for his World Light Welterweight crown, in front of more than 50.000 spectators at the City of Manchester Stadium in May 2008.

His final record stands at 37-5-1 (27).

Happily married to his childhood sweetheart Lourdes, with whom he has four children, Juan Lazcano now lives in Sacramento, California. The couple has been parents since Juan was only seventeen years old, and still boxing in the amateurs.

  Part 7: Jeff Malcolm
  Part 6: Ricky Parkey
  Part 5: Carl Daniels
  Part 4: Angel Manfredy
  Part 3: Samson Dutch Boy Gym
  Part 2: Greg Haugen
  Part 1: Johnny Nelson
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