Lazarte, 40, has a few goals left
Luis Alberto Lazarte will have two goals when he fights Johnriel Casimero in Mar del Plata, Argentina, on Saturday night.
The 40-year-old hometown favourite meets Casimero, from the Philippines, in a fight for the IBF interim light-flyweight belt.
If he wins, he may get another shot at Ulises Solis, the Mexican who beat him on a split decision in April last year.
Lazarte, a veteran of more than 60 professional fights, won the WBO minimumweight title in October 1999 when he beat Colombian Kermin Guardia on a split decision.
Losing to Solis in similar fashion cost him his IBF title, and he is still smarting about that.
His record of 49-10-2 includes only 18 knockouts. After the bout against Guardia he lost to Thailand’s Pongsaklek Wongjongkam in 2001 in a challenge for the WBC flyweight title.
In September 2002 he was disqualified in a WBO flyweight title bout against Omar Andres Narvaez, also from Argentina.
He was also disqualified in a bout against Mexican Edgar Sosa when challenging for the WBC light-flyweight belt in July 2007.
But after all these setbacks he tore up the form book when he took the IBF light-flyweight title from Colombian Carlos Tamara in May 2010.
Casimero, who has a record of 15-2; 9, is 19 years younger than Lazarte. The bout will be his second for a “world” title.
In March last year South African Moruti Mthalane stopped him in the fifth round in a fight for the IBF flyweight belt.
MEXICANS CLASH FOR IBF TITLE
Two Mexicans, Rodrigo Guerrero and Juan Carlos Sanchez Jr meet for the IBF super-flyweight title in Sinaloa on Sunday.
Guerrero, with a record of 16-3-1; 10, is set to make the first defence of his belt when he takes on 21-year-old Sanchez, whose record stands at 12-1-1; 7.
The more experienced Guerrero is favoured to win the battle of the southpaws.
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