Casimero retains IBF title

By: Glendale G. Rosal September 11,2016 - 11:26 PM
Johnreil Casimero celebrates after beating Charlie Edwards in their IBF flyweight championship bout at The O2 Arena, London (AP).

Johnreil Casimero celebrates after beating Charlie Edwards in their IBF flyweight championship bout at The O2 Arena, London (AP).

JOHNREIL Casimero retained his International Boxing Federation (IBF) flyweight title by scoring a 10th round technical knockout win over erstwhile undefeated British Charlie Edwards at the O2 Arena in London, United Kingdom yesterday.

Casimero sealed his 23rd win with a dominating performance that saw him dictating the tempo of the fight in the early rounds.

The Ormoc City-native boxer, who has 15 knockout wins with only three losses, had a strong fourth round where he wobbled Edwards with an overhand right and an uppercut.

Edwards found his target in the fifth, connecting on jabs and straights that caused a small cut in Casimero’s eyebrow. Casimero, however, dominated the succeeding rounds and Edwards clinched excessively to survive the fight.

Then in the 10th round, Casimero landed a well-timed left hook that floored Edwards.

Edwards stood up but the referee decided to stop the fight to save the British boxer from further punishment.

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