Former IBF World Light Flyweight Champion Johnriel Casimero (21  -2-0) has been booked for a chance to win another world championship at a higher weight division in facing the current IBF World Flyweight Champion Amnat Ruenroeng (15 -0).
Reports had it that the match is scheduled to take place on June 27, 2015. We can now confirm that the match will take place at Thailand, the home of the current champion Amnat Ruenroeng.
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. [READ: Showdown at Sands: Palicte dominates Garnica in seven; Enriquez, Sermona fail in Macao]
Will Johnriel Casimero add another world title in his resume or will Amnat Ruenroeng add “Quadro Alas” to his list of victims? We’ll have to wait until June 26, 2015 to find out.
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*Photo of Johnriel Casimero from his Facebook profile