International Boxing Federation light-flyweight champion Johnriel Casimero is in great shape for his title defense in Mexico on Sunday, according to promoter Sammy Gello-ani
Casimero, who won the interim title in a controversial bout against Argentinian legend Luis Lazarte last February, will once again go into the lion’s den when he faces undefeated Mexican Pedro Guevara in Sinaloa, Mexico.
The Filipino, who sports a record of 16 wins and 2 losses with 10 knockouts, became champion when former title-holder Ulises Solis indicated he would be unable to defend his title because of surgery on a broken jaw. The IBF had originally extended the deadline to October 30 for Solis’ mandatory defense.
Guevara, who comes into the fight with an 18-0-1 record with 13 KOs, is expected to be buoyed by his hometown supporters. Despite a sterling record, Gello-ani is confident that Casimero will be able to hurdle the Mexican fighter.
“The Mexican had fought fighters with no names so far and I am confident Casimero can hold on to the title because of his experience outside,” said Gello-ani.
Trainer Christopher Tepora echoed Gello-ani’s assessment. “If he won in Argentina, why can’t we do it in Mexico?” he said.
Catch Pinoy Knockout: Casimero vs Guevara this Sunday, August 5 at 1 p.m. via satellite, with primetime replay at 9 p.m. on AKTV.