JOHNRIEL Casimero lives up to his reputation as a “road warrior” with another fight outside the confines of home.
Casimero makes the first title defense of his International Boxing Federation (IBF) flyweight belt against former amateur standout Charlie Edwards on Sept. 10 at the O2 Arena in London, England.
“The fight is good for him and it does not matter to him if he is fighting in enemy territory. He is used to this kind of schedule considering he had won fights in his opponent’s home place such as (Luis Alberto) Lazarte of Argentina, (Pedro) Guevarra of Mexico, (Luis Alberto) Rios of Panama, (Cesar) Canchila in Nicaragua,” Casimero’s promoter Sammy Gello-ani told Sun.Star Cebu.
Casimero has fought his biggest fights away from home. Out of 10 world tile fights, eight were fought outside the country and mostly in enemy territory. He has also won six out of nine international fights.
The 26-year-old Casimero just captured his second division title after knocking out one of the best fighters in the flyweight division, Amnat Ruenroeng, in their rematch last May 25 in China.
“He will train in Manila, and as of now I have no plans yet when to leave since we are to secure our visa first,” said Gello-ani. “We just consider his opponent as a good one since he wants to challenge Casimero in his voluntary defense. We will prepare Casimero well in this fight.”
The 23-year-old Edwards, a European bronze medalist, just turned pro last year. He made an impressive pro debut with a fourth-round technical knockout of Craig Derbyshire at the O2 Arena in January last year. He won his next five fights that year and won the BBBofC English flyweight belt against Louis Norman. He is coming off a one-sided unanimous decision over Luke Wilton in his latest fight last Feb. 27.
Edwards, ranked No. 14 by the IBF, is unbeaten with a 7-0 slate along with three knockouts.
Casimero, in the meantime, is 22-3 with 14 knockouts.
The Casimero vs. Edwards fight is slated in the undercard of the world title defense of middleweight superstar Gennady Golovkin against Kell Brook.