Filipino Interim WBO Bantamweight world champion John Riel Casimero (24-4, 18 KO's) and taller Mexican challenger Cesar "Perico" Ramirez (18-3, 11 KO's) successfully made weight ahead of their title battle this Saturday, August 24, at the San Andres Sports Complex in Malate, Manila.
The battle will air live on ABS CBN S+A channel 23 starting at 7:00 PM.
The challenger from Colonia Los Fresnos in Tepic, Nayarit, easily made 117.6 pounds in his first try.
Casimero, 30, had to go to extra two hours of sweating to make the limit of the bantamweight division, 118 pounds.
According to WBO fight supervisor Leon Panoncillo, the winner of the clash is mandated to battle WBO regular bantamweight world champion Zolani Tete (28-3, 21 KO's).
"I am going to win. I have dreamed about being a world champion this for too long. This is my golden door and I am walking in," said the 31 year-old Ramirez, in his second war in a foreign land.
Three years ago Ramirez battled then Ryan Burnett (20-1, 10 KO's) in Leeds, England, losing by points. This time he is gunning for the gold.
This story was originally published on the ABS-CBN Sports website.