According to sources in the Philippines moves have been made for IBF Flyweight champion Johnriel Casimero (22-3, 14) to travel to England to make his first defense with a tentative date of "September" being given by those close to the Filipino.
The plan, it seems, is for Casimero to make his European debut and face off against unbeaten Englishman Kevin Satchell (16-0, 3), who is a former European British and Commonwealth Flyweight champion.
Travelling wouldn't be an issue for Casimero, who has more stamps in his passport than some international spies. So far in his career he has fought in the Philippines, Nicaragua, Mexico, South Africa, Argentina, Panama, Thailand and the Philippines, and adding a European stamp would likely not be an issue at all for the fast and heavy handed, though somewhat wild, punching from Cebu City.
For Satchell the bout would see him needing to return to the Flyweight division for the first time since since he beat Valery Yanchy back in October 2014, and he has been above 118lbs in his last 2 bouts. Saying that however we suspect the lure of a world title opportunity may help him lose that weight, especially if he was to get a shot in his home city of of Liverpool, as the rumour suggests.
At the moment this bout doesn't appear to be finalised but the talk from our Filipino friends is that the bout is being seriously negotiated and could be agreed very quickly if Casimero is made a serious offer. The Filipino has had a frustrating few yuears and fought only once last year, and has fought only once this year making it clear that if he's offered a solid pay day he will snap up the opportunity.
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