MANILA, Philippines – Fresh off his first successful title defense, International Boxing Federation (IBF) light-welterweight champion JohnRiel Casimero said he is ready and willing to fight anywhere.
Casimero defended his title for the first time against Pedro Guevara in the Mexican boxer’s hometown, and came away with a tough split decision victory.
“I will fight anywhere,” he told Ronnie Nathanielsz of PhilBoxing. “It depents on what is the best. No matter where they want me to go, I will go and fight.”
Casimero is building a reputation as a true road warrior, especially after his now-infamous fight in Argentina last February. In that fight, Casimero defeated hometown favorite Luis Lazarte via a 10th round technical knockout, and Lazarte’s supporters rioted following the fight.
Casimero’s promoter, Sammy Gello-Ani, admitted that he took a big risk in allowing his boxer to defend his title in Mexico.
“For me, defending the title in Mexico was a calculated risk. I really gambled, but I’m happy we won and now Casimero is always smiling,” he said.
Gello-Ani’s next goal is to stage Casimero’s next title defense in Manila, though he admits it is difficult as they have failed to find sponsors and financial backers.
“It’s a big responsibility and a big risk,” Gello-Ani said of staging a Casimero fight in Manila.
Casimero now holds a record of 17 wins and two losses, while Guevara sustained his first loss after 18 straight victories.