This past weekend Filipino road warrior John Riel Casimero (29-4, 20) became a 3-weight world champion with a sensational win in the UK over Zolani Tete to claim the WBO Bantamweight title.
Whilst that win was huge it would have left a lot of fans wanting to know more about Casimero, who has now scored 2 big wins in the UK. With that in mind here are 10 facts you probably didn't know about... John Riel Casimero
1-In a 2009 article for Phil Boxing by the brilliant Rene Bonsubre, Jr, it was revealed that had he not become a professional fighter Casimero had wanted to become a police men.
2-Casimero's first international title was the WBO Asia Pacific Light Flyweight. In his first defense he stopped Ardin Diale, becoming the first man to stop Diale. That bout was however over-shadowed by a bizarre incident on the card when former world champion Ratanachai Sor Vorapin kicked Ramie Laput and suffered a DQ loss. This was Ratanachai's 86th bout, and his only career DQ loss.
3-In 2014 Casimero lost his first world title, the IBF Light Flyweight title, when he came in over the Flyweight limit to face Mauricio Fuentes. More than 2 years after that he would become a 2-weight champion and by claiming the IBF Flyweight title.
4-Casimero's nickname of "Quadro Alas" is Tagalog for "four of a kind", a poker hand, and in this case relates to Four Aces
5-Although well known as a road warrior what isn't always remembered is that Casimero has won 3 world title, and 2 interim world titles, all on the road and all in different countries. He won the WBO interim Light Flyweight title in Nicaragua, the IBF interim Light Flyweight title in Argentina, the IBF Flyweight title in China, the WBO interim Bantamweight title in the US and the WBO Bantamweight title in the UK
6-The most infamous bout of Casimero's career lead to letters being sent by the then Philippine Foreign Affairs spokesman Raul Hernandez, who filed a protest with Argentinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The was sent after a riot was sparked following Casimero's win against Luis Alberto Lazarte. This bout later led to the IBF banning Lazarte from fighting for their titles.
7-Whilst John Riel Casimero has had a very successful career his older brother Jayson Casimero had a very forgettable one, fighting twice in 2009 and losing both bouts by decision.
8-Not only did Casimero claim his first "world title", the WBO interim Light Flyweight title, in Nicaragua but did it on an event dedicated to local hero Alexis Arguello.
9-Interestingly 2 of the men Casimero has defended titles against, Pedro Guevara and Charlie Edwards, have gone on to win world titles of their own.
10-Casimero never actually won the IBF Light Flyweight title in the ring. Although he beat Lazarte that was only for the interim title. The IBF later upgraded him after Ulises "Archie" Solis, was unable to defend the belt against him. The reason Solis was unable to defend was due to facial injuries, reportedly, given to him by Saul "Canelo" Alvarez in a street in Guadalajara in 2011.
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