August 24, 2019
Defending World Boxing Organization (WBO) interim bantamweight champion Johnriel Casimero had a hard time meeting the required 118-pound weight limit for his Saturday’s title defense against Mexican Cesar Ramirez at the San Andres Sports Complex in Malate, Manila.
Casimero, 30, was .8 over in his first try during the official weigh-in on Friday at the Tramway restaurant in Manila. He was given two hours by the WBO officials to shed weight.
After two hours, the Ormoc City native tipped the scale at 118 pounds.
Casimero looked drained after emerging from the sauna bath of the Bayview Park Hotel. But trainer and coach Nonoy Neri said it was just a small setback and he remains confident of Casimero winning by knockout.
“Recovery wise, it is easy because we have our own system to deal with this kind of problem. I already bought some drinks for him. He is getting better,” Neri told The Manila Times in Filipino.
“Kaya ‘yan, knockout ‘yan (We can knock him out),” said Neri.
Casimero (27-4 record with 18 knockouts) gave a two thumbs up when asked if he could still win the fight.
Meanwhile, the 31-year-old Ramirez (18-3 win-loss record with 11 knockouts) said Casimero, nearly missing the weight, is not a good sign.
“He is a very good fighter. He is a world champion, but this time, he [almost] didn’t make weight. That shows he was not being responsible with his own weight. I don’t know if he is training [right]. That’s his problem, maybe he ate too much,” said Ramirez through an interpreter.
Ramirez registered 117.6 lbs. In in his first try.
“I came here to nail him and I don’t want to lose this chance. I don’t underestimate anybody, never. My mentality is to win. Yes, he can be knocked out just like any other boxer,” added Ramirez.
In May 2014 in Cebu, Casimero lost his International Boxing Federation (IBF) flyweight title after tipping the scale at 113.2 pounds, way over the 108-pound limit. Casimero knocked out Fuentes in the first round but the IBF flyweight title was declared vacated.
In other bouts, former Olympian Charly Suarez fights compatriot Virgil Puton in a 132-lbs. non-title bout, while WBO oriental bantamweight titleholder Vincent Astrolabio will be defending his belt against fellow Filipino Kevin Aseniero.
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