Earlier this week we reported that IBF Flyweight champion Johnriel Casimero (22-3, 14) was in talks to travel to England to make his first defense with a tentative date of "September" being given by those close to the Filipino. Originally that rumour suggested that his likely opponent was to be unbeaten Englishman Kevin Satchell (16-0, 3) however over the last 24 hours another Englishman has been linked to the Filipino.
That is the unbeaten Charlie Edwards (7-0, 3), who is an English champion and holds the WBC International silver Title.
The bout has only really been mentioned over the last day or two, though could potentially be put on to the recently announced September 10th card at the O2 Arena in London, which is set to be headlined by Gennady Golovkin Vs Kell Brook. Something that could help pull fans in to the venue given that Edwards is from the South East of England himself.
The bout is just a rumour at the moment but the pieces do seem to be fitting together for tbe IBF ranked Edwards to get a shot with a cryptic message from his promoter regarding an announcement on Monday and with Casimero already showing an interest in travelling to England.
Of course we have seen rumours like this vanish without a trace but it certainly seems likely that Casimero will be heading to the UK to face one opponent or another later this year.
Rumour-Johnriel Casimero heading to the UK for Kevin Satchell?
Earlier today fight fans from around the globe turned their attention to China where the IBF held a special event with a trio of televised bouts, including a world title bout.
The first of the televised bouts saw Chinese female fighter Cai Zong Ju (8-1, 1) [蔡宗菊] claim an excellent decision win over Thailand's former world champion Samson Tor Buamas (37-4, 19) [แซมซั่น ต.บัวมาศ]. Samson had entered the ring first and was seen by many as the favourite given her huge edge in experience, especially at the higher levels, however her style seemed made to order for Ju who boxed on the back foot excellently and claimed a wide decision win, to claim the IBF Inter-Continental Female Minimumweight title.
The second bout sadly saw the local favourite suffer a loss, with former world champion Xiong Zhao Zhong (26-7-1, 14) [熊朝忠] coming up short against Antonio Jimenez (17-5-1, 7), in an IBF Minimumweight world title eliminator. Zhong had success early, and dropped Jimenez in the early stages. Sadly however the Chinese fighter unable to keep up the heat and was out boxed by the much taller Jimenez, who claimed a split decision win over the local fighter, who now likely ends up retiring from the sport and following his historic career.
In the main event fans saw a slight surprise as Johnriel Casimero (22-3, 14) scored a 4th round KO win over previously undefeated Thai Amnat Ruenroeng (17-1, 5) [อำนาจ รื่นเริง] to claim the IBF Flyweight title. Casimero had seemingly lost the first 3 rounds but a crunching left hook upstairs in the early stages of round 4 dropped Amnat who was never able to recover and was stopped soon afterwards from a body shot, that sent Amnat down for the second time.
At the end of March we reported that China's Xiong Zhao Zhong (26-6-1, 14) [熊朝忠] would be in action on May 25th in Beijing, on a card that will be headlined by the rematch between Amnat Ruenroeng (17-0, 5) [อำนาจ รื่นเริง] and Johnriel Casimero (21-3, 13).
Yesterday we learned that Zhong had had his opponent named, and that the card it's self is coming together with an interesting under-card of Chinese fighter.
Zhong's opponent in his IBF Minimumweight title eliminator will be Colombian fighter Jose Antonio Jimenez (16-5-1, 7), who had previously been mentioned as a possible opponent for Fahlan Sakkreerin Jr.
The Colombian fighter has a less than great record, though has rebuilt following a 10-5 (3) start. In fact since the end of 2013, when he was beaten by Ramon Garcia Hirales in Mexico, he has gone 6-0-1. Saying that however his competition has has been weak and those last 7 bouts have all come in his homeland, where he's been facing domestic competition, and sometimes struggling with them
For Zhong the bout will be his first since he was beaten by APB star Lu Bin in an exhibition style bout for CCTV5 over the Chinese New Year. He's looking to build on his recent role as an IBF ambassador and will be hoping to earn another world title fight, in fact he's hoping to become China's first 2-time world champion.
As for the under-card it's already had 4 Chinese fighters added to it, though none of them have had opponents named. Those fighters include Zong Ju Cai (6-1, 1) [蔡宗菊], who is said to be involved in a possible world title eliminator, Olympic medal winner Zhang Zhilei (8-0, 5) [张志磊], who is fighting in China for the second time as a professional, Fanlong Meng (6-0, 4) and Zhimin Wang (5-0, 2).
Amnat Ruenroeng Vs Johnriel Casimero set for May 25th!
(Image courtesy of sports.sina.com.cn)
Sources in Thailand have informed us that IBF Flyweight champion Amnat Ruenroeng (17-0, 5) [อำนาจ รื่นเริง] will return to the ring on May 25th to take part in a rematch with Filipino fighter Johnriel Casimero (21-3, 13).
The men first met last year in a foul filled slopfest that saw Amnat using more dirty tricks than many of use even knew existed. Those dirty tricks, and the terrible officiating job by Larry Doggett, lead to Casimero's team complaining to the IBF who ordered the two men to compete in a rematch.
The bout, from what we understand, will take place in China and we suspect that Casimero's team will be campaigning to get a world class referee as the third man in the ring for the contest.
Notably China's Xiong Zhao Zhong (26-6-1, 14) [熊朝忠] was at the announcement of the Ruenroeng Vs Casimero rematch. He was there in two capacities. Firstly as a new IBF ambassador, and secondly to announce his own participation in the card, with his bout set to be an IBF Minimumweight world title eliminator. We have also learned that Zong Ju Cai (6-1, 1) [蔡宗菊] will be in an eliminator as well
(Image thanks to Thairec.com)
According to sources to Thailand it appears a deal is almost set for the rematch between IBF Flyweight champion Amnat Ruenroeng (17-0, 5) [อำนาจ รื่นเริง] and mandatory challenger Johnriel Casimero (21-3, 13).
At the moment we've been told that the bout is being eyed for May with Kiatkreerin just looking to sort out issues in regards to TV and venue.
The bout is currently expected to take place in Thailand and was being made after last year's highly controversial bout between the two men.
Last year we saw Amnat retain his title with a foul filled win against Casimero. The bout saw Amnat headbutt, his low, grab and even commit wrestling style take downs on the Filipino. Although the Thai was deducted a point late in the bout, by referee Larry Doggett, it was far too little far too late when the champion could easily have been DQ'd for his actions.
Whilst we suspect many will be glad to hear that Casimero is set to get a rematch with Amnat we also suspect plenty will feel a little bit disappointed that Amnat will be out of the Summer sweepstakes to face the likes of Roman Gonzalez and others will feel non-plussed by this news given that Amnat did, when he boxed, seem a level above the Filipino, who wasn't just out muscled.
We have been told that as soon as the venue and TV are sorted we'll see the bout announced, and that could well be in the next week or two, with a slim possibility that Kiatkreerin will announce the bout after their show on March 25th.
For those who missed the bout, we have included the video below.
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