Former International Boxing Federation (IBF) flyweight titleholder Johnriel Casimero will begin his journey in the super flyweight division on June 25 as he fights compatriot Richie Mepranum in Iligan City.
Promoter and manager Sammy Gello-Ani relayed the information to The Manila Times on Tuesday as Casimero (23-3 win-loss record with 15 knockouts) debuts in the super flyweight rank after vacating his IBF flyweight belt last December.
“That will be Johnriel Casimero’s first activity fight in super flyweight to bolster his chances in the world ranking,” said Gello-Ani. “If he wins that fight, we can possibly get a world title fight next. The fight will be held in Iligan City public market.”
Casimero, 27, was able to defend the IBF flyweight belt in his last bout after scoring a 10th round technical knockout victory against British fighter Charlie Edwards last September 10 at the O2 Arena in London.
He is currently rated No. 7 by the World Boxing Council (WBC) and unrated by the World Boxing Organization. He is presently No. 4 in the IBF rankings fellow Filipino Jerwin Ancajas ruling the division.
Mepranum, 30, a world title challenger before, is holding a 31-6-1 win-loss-draw record with eight knockouts. He is expected to give the Ormoc City native a tough challenge.
The venue of the fight is near the war-torn Marawi City but Gello-Ani assured the security of those who will want to see the fight.
“We are safe there because the security in Iligan City is very tight. We already prepared for that bout,” said Gello-Ani.