After winning his second world division title, International Boxing Federation (IBF) champion Johnriel Casimero wants a unification bout against undefeated Nicaraguan Roman Gonzalez.
Casimero scored a fourth round knockout win against erstwhile-unbeaten Thai world champion Amnat Ruenroeng on Wednesday.
“I can fight him [Gonzalez] and I can beat him,” Casimero, 26, whose win-loss record improved to 22-3 record with 14 knockouts, told The Manila Times in a phone interview on Monday. “I’m hoping to get the opportunity this year. That’s the most challenging fight in my career if ever it happens.”
“I’m very thankful to God for winning another world title. I really did my best in that fight because I want to excel more in this division,” added the former IBF light flyweight titleholder. “Just like what I did in my fight against Amnat [Ruenroeng], I will train very hard in my next fight.”
Casimero’s trainer and coach Jhun Agrabio agreed that his ward is capable of dethroning the unbeaten World Boxing Council world flyweight champion Gonzalez (45-0 record with 38 knockouts).
“He is very willing to fight Gonzalez but it depends on our promoter what to do next,” said Agrabio in separate interview. “There’s no other way for Johnriel [Casimero] but to go up and a fight against Gonzalez is a very good fight.”
“There’s no need for any tune up fight because he is in good condition. At the same time, he didn’t sustain any injury in his last bout. We’ll looking directly against Gonzalez,” Agrabio added.
The trainer believes that Gonzalez is the best next opponent for Casimero instead of Mexican Juan Francisco Estrada (33-2 win-loss record with 24 knockouts), the unified World Boxing Organization and World Boxing Association world flyweight champion.
“I guess this fight could be arranged easily because both our promoters know each other,” said Agrabio. “I believe Casimero can beat Gonzales. He just need to strengthen his stamina and we need to improve more since this is the biggest test of his career. But I’m confident his stamina could hold in that bout.”