The month of September promises to be a huge one for boxing fans with a list of major fighters taking place around the world. The US, Japan, UK, Philippines, and Poland are all set to host at least one massive bout each during the month that may go down as the month to remember for boxing in 2016.
One of the most notable bouts for ourselves sees Filipino Johnriel Casimero (22-3, 14) travel to England to defend his IBF Flyweight title against the unbeaten Charlie Edwards (8-0, 3), on September 10th.
Given it's such a big fight there's little wonder that bookies have priced the bout up already, more than a month in advance and this is one of the fights covered by the boxing odds at William Hill, who have priced Casimero as the betting favourite at 4/7 to defeat the unbeaten Englishman. Edwards is currently 11/8 so those fans expecting to see another British world champion may well want to get on the challenger!
For those unaware of the two fighters Edwards was a standout amateur who turned professional in January 2015 and has raced away to claim the English title, with a 2015 win over Luis Norman, and the WBC International Silver title, with a win this year over Luke Wilton. The talented Englishman was eyed up for a fight with Welshman Andrew Selby but given his opportunity to challenger for a world title there is little shock that he picked the bout with Casimero instead.
Highly skilled, determined and brave Edwards can't be criticised for taking this opportunity and the reward if he wins will put him on the international boxing map.
Whilst Edwards is known by British fans very few from the UK will be aware of the champion, who hasn't actually fought in Europe before. Although travelling to a new country Edwards is a true road warrior who has fought in his homeland, Nicaragua, Mexico, South Africa, Argentina, Panama, Thailand and China. Not only has he travelled but he has faced a relative who's who of the lower weights with bouts against Ardin Diale, Cesar Canchila, Roman Garcia Hirales, Moruti Mthalane, Luis Alberto Lazarte, Pedro Guevara and Amnat Ruenroeng. And he has significantly more impressive resume than the challenger.
For Casimero the bout sees him travelling to a new continent, getting yet another new stamp on his passport and getting a chance to impress the language press, who haven't had a chance to really see him in the past or be taken about by his world skills, exciting style and his explosive power.
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