Casimero gets another crack at world title

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Almost a year after losing his world title bid, former world Filipino champion Johnriel Casimero will have another crack for a word title when he challenges International Boxing Federation (IBF) world flyweight champion Amnat Ruenroeng in a rematch on May 25 in Beijing, China.

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Casimero, 26, who held the IBF light flyweight title before moving up to the flyweight rank, has another chance of avenging his controversial unanimous decision loss to Ruenroeng last year in Bangkok, Thailand.

“We’re confident that Casimero will be able to regain the world title against Amnat this May,” Casimero’s manager and promoter Sammy Gello-ani told The Manila Times on Sunday during phone interview. “He is undergoing training in Quezon City under coach Jhun Agrabio.”

“This coming week, Casimero will have a sparring session.”

Casimero, who holds a 21-3 win-loss record with 13 knockouts, has improved his counter-punching skills and stamina during his US training. But Gello-ani decided to bring Casimero’s training back in Manila after learning IBF’s rematch decision.

“We just decided to train here in Manila because it’s more comfortable here,” he added. “He (Casimero) also learned from his first fight and I’m very sure what happened in the first match won’t happen again in the rematch.”

Ruenroeng, 36, who remains unbeaten in 36 fights with only five knockouts, successfully defended his title against Japanese Myung Ho Lee via unanimous on December 7, 2015.

JOSEF T. RAMOS

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