Philippines, 29 Feb 2024
  Home >> News

 


BOXERS

CURRENT CHAMPIONS 

FORMER CHAMPIONS   

RATINGS                       

NEWS           

FORUM        

FIGHT GALLERIES        

RING CARD GIRLS        




 
 
News  


CASIMERO, AKAHO MAKE WEIGHT IN INCHEON


PhilBoxing.com




Former three-time world champion John Riel Casimero of the Philippines and former two-time world title challenger Ryo Akaho of Japan successfully made weight Friday afternoon at the Paradise City Plaza Hotel in Incheon, South Korea for their 10-round superbantam non-title fight scheduled tomorrow, Saturday, in the same venue.

Casimero (31-4-0, 21KOs), who held world titles at flyweight, super flyweight and bantamweight, stepped the scales at 121.2 lbs while Akaho (39-2-2, 26KOs) came in at 121.7 lbs. Casimero will be fighting at superbantam for the first time while Akaho who is 2-inches taller than Casimero at 5'6", was fighting in the super bantamweight division since 2018. He previously campaigned at super flyweight and bantamweight. He lost to compatriot Yota Sato for the WBC superfly title in 2012 and also lost to Panya Utok (Pungluang Sor Singyu) of Thailand for the WBO bantamweight title in 2015.

Casimero captured the WBO bantamweight title from South African Zolani Tete with a sensational 3rd round knockout victory in Birmingham, UK in 2019. He successfully defended it twice against Duke Micah of Ghana in 2020 and against highly regarded Guillermo Rigondeaux of Cuba in 2021, both in the United States. He was supposed to defend the belt against Paul Butler of England in December, 2021 but the fight was scrapped after Casimero failed to show up during the weighin after he allegedly contacted a stomach virus. The fight was re-scheduled in April 2022 in Liverpool, England but was again scrapped after the British Boxing Board of Control refused to sanction the fight following the discovery that Casimero was trying to cut off weight in a sauna which was prohibited by the boxing regulatory board.

Casimero was later stripped of his title by the WBO and compatriot Jonas Sultan fought Butler instead as a late replacement. Butler went on to win the fight and will now be fighting pound-for-pound Japanese monster Naoya Inoue for the undisputed bantamweight title with the four championship belts - WBC, WBA, IBF and WBO at stake scheduled on Dec. 12 at Ariake Arena Koto-ku, Japan.

It would have been a Inoue-Casimero megafight happening next week which had been brewing hot for some time but the flamboyant 'QuadroAlas' from Ormoc City, always unpredictable throughout his career, screwed the script badly.

At least, this time, it seems, the fight tomorrow against Akaho is sure to push through. But it may take some time for Casimero, now 35 years old, to recapture his old glory, if he ever will.


Click here to view a list of other articles written by Dong Secuya.


Recent PhilBoxing.com In-House articles:

  • T-Wolves Tie, Thunder Surpasses 2022-23 Season Total Wins With Two Score Games Remaining
    By Teodoro Medina Reynoso, , Thu, 29 Feb 2024
  • Top Rank Presents World Title Doubleheader: Otabek Kholmatov vs. Raymond Ford Luis Alberto Lopez vs. Reiya Abe
    , Thu, 29 Feb 2024
  • Puncher from the Past: 'Irish' Joey Archer
    By Eric Armit, , Thu, 29 Feb 2024
  • Toshihiko Era, Angelina Lukas, Ben Innes, Ibrahim Chabane Make Weight for Highland Boxing Show in Thailand
    By Carlos Costa, , Thu, 29 Feb 2024
  • Double Heavy Duty: Jared Anderson-Ryad Merhy & Efe Ajagba-Guido Vianello Heavyweight Doubleheader Confirmed for April 13 at American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, Texas & LIVE on ESPN
    , Thu, 29 Feb 2024
  • Sumpter brothers fighting together again on “Pandemonium at the Palladium 3” card
    , Thu, 29 Feb 2024
  • From 176 to 162: Niño Alcantara Rises Yet Again in the World Tennis Rankings
    By Marlon Bernardino, , Thu, 29 Feb 2024
  • ARAW NETFEST: Padao-Lim, Trumpeta-Mainar are top seeds
    By Lito delos Reyes, , Thu, 29 Feb 2024
  • 4 Division World Champion & Hall of Famer Juan Manuel Marquez Confirmed for Seventh Annual Box Fan Expo, During Cinco De Mayo Weekend, Saturday May 4, in Las Vegas
    , Thu, 29 Feb 2024
  • Jayson Vayson vs Takeru Inoue 4.21 for WBO Asia 108 in Osaka, Japan!
    By Carlos Costa, , Wed, 28 Feb 2024
  • Diaz returns to face Scott March 2 in Puerto Rico
    , Wed, 28 Feb 2024
  • Pinoys lined up for title shots
    By Joaquin Henson, , Wed, 28 Feb 2024
  • HANEY VS. GARCIA NEW YORK PRESS CONFERENCE QUOTES
    , Wed, 28 Feb 2024
  • Pueblo to host Paris 2024 Olympic Games preview at 2024 USA Boxing International Invitational
    , Wed, 28 Feb 2024
  • Undefeated Prospect Khalid Twaiti Looks to Make a Name for Himself in Super Bantamweight Division
    , Wed, 28 Feb 2024
  • SPORTS FACTS AND FIGURES 53: RYAN GARCIA SAYS HE WILL BRING IN THE FANS DURING DEVIN HANEY FIGHT
    By Maloney L. Samaco, , Tue, 27 Feb 2024
  • Malaysia's Douglas Lee Ready for Action in Highland's "Rising Stars" Show at SpacePlus in Bangkok
    , Tue, 27 Feb 2024
  • Aussie Fighters Bidding to Challenge Japanese Boxing Hegemony in Asia
    By Teodoro Medina Reynoso, , Tue, 27 Feb 2024
  • Jerwin reveals weigh-in ordeal
    By Joaquin Henson, , Tue, 27 Feb 2024
  • LAS VEGAS 2024: Chou and Chang, the new Apex Mixed Doubles champions
    , Tue, 27 Feb 2024
  • European Open Championship Returns For Third Year In Fulda, Germany
    , Tue, 27 Feb 2024
  • David Morrell Jr. Assess Edgar Berlanga "I'll Knock Him Out in One Round"
    , Tue, 27 Feb 2024
  • Military veteran Kevin “Big Gulp” Nagle Improves to 7-0 with 7 KOs headlining “Fight Night at the Vets Club”
    , Tue, 27 Feb 2024
  • Moroccan super featherweight Jaouad Belmehdi embodies spirit of the “Rising Stars Arabia” pro boxing series
    , Tue, 27 Feb 2024
  • 1st Mindanao Open Stage Magic competition
    By Lito delos Reyes, , Tue, 27 Feb 2024




  •  



     
    PhilBoxing.com has been created to support every aspiring
    Filipino boxer and the Philippine boxing scene in general.
    Please send comments to feedback@philboxing.com


    PRIVATE POLICY | LEGAL DISCLAIMER
    developed and maintained by dong secuya
    © 2024 philboxing.com.