Casimero needs to get busy with his punches: Gello-ani

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Tuesday, March 12, 2013

INTERNATIONAL Boxing Federation (IBF) light flyweight champion Johnriel Casimero is used to fighting on the road. With another fight in hostile soil, his promoter Sammy Gello-ani believes the 23-year-old Cebu-based boxer will have his hands raised if he picks his punches well, while being aggressive at the same time.

“For Casimero to win this fight, he has to keep busy with his punches and deliver his power punches at the right time and on the right spots. With God’s blessings, he will return home still with his IBF belt,” Gello-ani, who at this time is flying with Casimero and his group to Panama from Los Angeles, told Sun.Star Cebu.

Casimero is defending his IBF belt against hometown hero Luis Alberto Rios this Sunday at the Megapolis Convention Center in Panama.


“The training of Casimero is good and he is very well prepared for his mandatory defense. Though the fight will be to Rios’ advantage since it is in his home country, Casimero is prepared for this situation,” said Gello-ani.

In preparation for his second title defense, Casimero has been sparring at the ALA Gym with World Boxing Organization light flyweight king Donnie Nietes, unbeaten Milan Melindo, Oriental and Pacific Boxing Federation super flyweight champion Arthur Villanueva and Marjohn Yap.

The 23-year-old Casimero successfully defended his crown last Aug. 4 against Pedro Guevara in Mexico. He walked away with a razor-thin split decision.

Rios, who has won his last seven fights, earned a crack at Casimero after beating one-time world title challenger Felipe Salguero via an 11th round technical knockout in a title eliminator last October.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on March 13, 2013.


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