Another one on the road

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Sunday, March 17, 2013


JOHNRIEL Casimero wins another one on the road as he kept his International Boxing Federation (IBF) light flyweight crown with a one-sided unanimous decision over mandatory challenger and local bet Luis Alberto Rios yesterday at the Megapolis Convention Center in Panama City, Panama.

Casimero dominated the fight with judges Levi Martinez and Nelson Vazquez giving him identical scores of 119-109, while Joe Garcia scoring it 118-108.

Casimero won his second straight title defense and his fourth fight in a row. This was also his fourth win in six world title fights in foreign soil.

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The 23-year-old Cebuano won the interim version of the IBF light flyweight belt last year with a 10th round technical knockout over Luis Alberto Lazarte in a riot-marred bout in Argentina. Casimero and his team were attacked by a hostile crowd after he knocked out Lazarte.

Casimero successfully defended his belt, which was elevated as the regular championship title, in Mexico last August 4 against erstwhile unbeaten Mexican Pedro Guevara. He escaped with a close majority decision.

Casimero improved to 18-2 with 10 knockouts, while Rios fell to 18-2-1 with 13 knockouts.

The co-main event fight for the interim World Boxing Association (WBA) bantamweight crown between John Mark Apolinario and former world champion Roberto Vasquez ended in another deadlock.

One judge gave it 116-112 for Apolinario, the other had it 116-112 for Vasquez, while the third judge saw it as 115-115 for a split draw in the rematch.

The 23-year-old Apolinario is now 17-2-3 with four knockouts, while Vasquez stands at
32-5-2 with 22 knockouts.

Their first encounter last Nov. 3 in Argentina ended in a majority draw.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on March 18, 2013.

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