Boxnation to show WBO Title Bout John Riel Casimero Vs César Ramirez
Earlier this week British TV channel Boxnation announced that they would be broadcasting the upcoming WBO “interim” Bantamweight title fight between champion John Riel Casimero (27-4, 18) and Mexican challenger Cesar Ramirez (18-3, 11), live from the Philippines.
The bout is one of the very few Asian shows the channel has picked up, which is disappointing from the “Home of Champions”, but it’s better late than never.
The bout will be Casimero’s first defense of the title he won earlier this year, when he stopped Ricardo Espinoza Franco in the final round of a very close bout, and will see him seeking a 4th straight T/KO win, as he’s rebuilt wonderful from his disappointing 2017 loss to Jonas Sultan. On the other hand this will be Ramirez’s first “world” title bout, and see him hunting a 7th straight win.
Interestingly both fighters have previously fought in the UK, where Boxnation are based. Ramirez fought against Ryan Burnett in 2016, being dropped in the 8th round before losing a very wide decision to the Northern Irishman. Casimero’s UK bout was also in 2016, when he stopped Charlie Edwards in 10 rounds to retain the IBF Flyweight title. It’s also worth noting that the winner will have a fight with Zolani Tete lined up, someone who is promoted by the UK’s Frank Warren, and that bout could well end up in Britain as well.