• Casimero to defend IBF title vs British pug in London

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    Johnriel Casimero CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

    Johnriel Casimero CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

    Reigning International Boxing Federation (IBF) world flyweight champion Johnriel Casimero will defend his title against former British amateur standout Charlie Edwards on September 10 at the O2 Arena in London.

    The Casimero-Edwards bout is one of the undercard matches for the main event fight between middleweight Genny Golovkin and Kell Brooks.

    Casimero’s trainer Jhun Agrabio said the 26-year-old fighter from Ormoc City is now in Quezon City undergoing rigid training. Casimero and his camp will fly to London in the first week of September.

    “Casimero is definitely in good condition and we’re confident we can defend the title in front of another hostile crowd,” Agrabio told The Manila Times. “He sparred a lot and everything looks terrific. Of course, we are not underestimating any opponent.”

    Casimero (22-3 win-loss record with 14 knockouts) seized the IBF title from former champion Amnat Ruenroeng of Thailand in May 25 in Beijing, China via fourth round technical knockout.

    Before fighting Ruenroeng, Casimero was once the IBF light flyweight world champ.

    The 23-year-old Edwards, who holds an 8-0 win-loss record with three knockouts, just turned pro in January 2015.

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