Casimero to challenge Ruenroeng for IBF belt in Bangkok

Nick Giongco 12/05/2015

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