Pinoy boxer Johnriel Casimero headed up to super flyweight
ABS-CBN Sports on Dec 21, 2016 03:25 PM
Johnriel Casimero moves up to the super flyweight division (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
Just months after his first title defense, reigning IBF flyweight champion Johnriel "Quadro Alas" Casimero has decided to relinquish his title in order to move up in weightclass.
According to PhilBoxing.com, the 26-year old Casimero (23-3, 15 KO) and his team have decided to vacate the title and move up to the super flyweight division, where he plans on challenging the likes of Carlos Cuadras, Juan Francisco Estrada, and pound-for-pound stud Roman "Chocolatito" Gonzales.
"To win my third title would be a great honor for me and put my name in with some of the best fighters my country has ever produced," said Casimero via Philboxing.com "I will be immediately looking to make an impact and fight the big fights that allow me the opportunity."
Casimero claimed the IBF flyweight championship back in May, knocking out Thailand's Amnat Ruenroeng in a rematch. He successfully defended the same title against the UK's Charlie Edwards via tenth round TKO just last September.
With Casimero's decision to go after a third title in as many weight divisions, one other Pinoy that will benefit the most from the move will be ALA Boxing star Donnie "Ahas" Nietes, who has his eyes set on another world championship after making the jump to flyweight earlier this year.
The long-time light flyweight king is currently ranked at number one with the WBO and number three with the IBF.
Nietes' manager and ALA Boxing CEO Michael Aldeguer already talked about possibly gunning for the IBF belt in 2017, so it's highly likely that "Ahas" Nietes gets his shot in the coming year.
Casimero, meanwhile, joins another Pinoy world champion at super flyweight, none other than reigning IBF king Jerwin Ancajas, who defeated McJoe Arroyo to claim the title earlier this year as well.