Pinoy boxer Johnriel Casimero claims IBF World Flyweight title in China
ABS-CBN Sports on May 25, 2016 11:58 PM
John Riel Casimero of the Philippines, left, punches Amnat Auenroeng of Thailand, during their IBF Flyweight Championship boxing match at the National Tennis Center in Beijing, Wednesday, May 25, 2016. Casimero defeated Auenroeng to claim the IBF world title. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
Two knockdowns in the fourth round, and that’s all she wrote, as Johnriel “Quadro Alas” Casimero stopped Thailand’s Amnat Ruenroeng to claim the IBF World Flyweight title in Beijing, China, Wednesday evening.
The former IBF and WBO Interim World Light Flyweight champion weathered solid second and third rounds from the Thai slugger, and then unloaded in the fourth round, dropping Ruenroeng twice with sick shots to the body.
The knockout win was a little sweeter for Casimero, as he manages to exact revenge against Ruenroeng, who beat him via Unanimous Decision in Thailand almost a year ago.
A 26-year old native of Ormoc, Casimero is a 25-fight veteran and won the WBO Interim Light Flyweight title back in 2009.
In 2012, “Quadro Alas” took home the IBF World Light Flyweight title after beating Argentina’s Luiz Lazarte for the interim belt, and then being crowned as the undisputed world champion after Ulises Solis was unable to defend the title.
In 2014, Casimero dropped the belt after failing to make weight against Marcio Fuentes in Cebu.
Casimero currently lives and fights out of the boxing mecca of the Philippines, Cebu.