As Filipinos struggle to cope with the pain of seeing Manny Pacquiao lose his world title, Johnreil Casimero attempts to somehow ease the hurt and sorrow when he goes for a world title on June 27 in Thailand.
It’ll be a daunting task for Casimero, who faces Thai defending champion Amnat Ruenroeng for the International Boxing Federation (IBF) flyweight crown at the 15,000-capacity Huamark Indoor Stadium in Bangkok.
Casimero, 25, former world light-flyweight king, is right in the thick of training in the US and will travel to Bangkok on June 21, according to his chief handler Sammy Gello-ani.
The unbeaten Ruenroeng, 35, is best remembered by local fight fans as the tricky fighter who defeated Chinese Olympic legend Zou Shiming last March in Macau.
Casimero holds a 21-2 card with 13 KOs, while Ruenroeng totes a 15-0 slate with five KOs.
“Casimero has a very big chance,” said Gello-ani, who will meet up with his fighter in Bangkok.
Casimero’s world title shot was arranged by his Argentinian agent Sampson Lewkowicz.
The flyweight division is a storied weight class of Filipino punchers with a long list of renowned champions that include Pancho Villa, Erbito Salavarria, Frank Cedeno, Dodie Penalosa, and of course, Pacquiao. Gello-ani said the Casimero-Ruenroeng showdown will likely be beamed live to the country as negotiations will begin anytime soon.
Courtesy of Nick Giongco of the Manila Bulletin. Follow Nick on Twitter @NickSpeaks