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Casimero, Cuello make weight; all set for bouts in Thailand



The IBF World Flyweight title bout pitting champion, Amnat Ruenroeng, and John Riel Casimero is now official as both boxers made the 112 pound limit, Friday morning at the Golden Tulip Sovereign Hotel in Bangkok, Thailand.

The Thai champion (15[5KO]-0) weighed-in at 111 pounds, while the Cebuano challenger (21[13KO]-2) weighed in at 112 pounds.

Denver Cuello (35[23KO]-5-6) also made weight for his light flyweight bout against Indonesian Boy Tanto (9[1KO]-16). Cuello weighed in at 108 pounds, while Tanto weighed 107 pounds.

The fights will be held tomorrow at the Hua Mark Indoor Stadium, Bangkok, Thailand. The card is promoted by Ekkarat Chaichotchuang, Jimmy Boxing Promotions. Stay tuned for our coverage tomorrow.

Johnriel Casimero is no stranger in competing in enemy territory. In the 23 fights the Filipino knockout artist has fought in, seven bouts were competed with him having a so-called “homecourt” disadvantage. Casimero won five of those seven fights, including his win against Mexican Armando Santos at Nueve Leon, Mexico.

Since losing the interim WBO Light Flyweight championship in 2010, Casimero has been on a tear in winning his last seven fights with five coming by knockout, including winning the IBF Light Flyweight crown and successfully defending it three times. However, Casimero was stripped of his IBF Light Flyweight Championship in his bout last year at Cebu City. Casimero failed to make weight and as a result of him beating Mauricio Fuentes, the title had to be vacated.

His opponent, Amnat Ruenroeng is currently unbeaten. In his 15 fight rampage, Ruenroeng has beaten seven Filipinos, including Rocky Fuentes, to win the vacant IBF Flyweight Championship, last January 22, 2014. His biggest win in his career happened last March 8, at the Showdown at Sands card, as he defeated one of China’s most promising stars, Zou Shiming, by Unanimous Decision.

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