Hours after landing on American soil, Johnriel Casimero started training at the House of Boxing in San Diego, California, on Thursday, October 21 (Friday, October 22, Philippine time).
Casimero will be dangling the World Boxing Organization crown against Briton Paul Butler on December 11 at either Dubai, United Arab Emirates, or the United Kingdom.
Accompanying Casimero, a four-division world champion, is his older brother Jayson, who is also serving as his trainer for the Butler bout to be staged by new promotional outfit Probellium.
On August 14, Casimero bested Guillermo Rigondeaux via decision in a boring, forgettable title defense in Carson, California.
As a result, there were no other fight bidders, leaving Casimero taking a big pay cut versus Butler.
Casimero was hoping for a lucrative unification against either Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire, the World Boxing Council titlist, or Naoya “Monster” Inoue, the World Boxing Association and International Boxing Federation champion, this year but both fights dissipated.
Donaire backed out while Inoue will be tangling with No. 6 contender Aran Dipaen of Thailand on December 14 instead.
Tagged as the huge favorite over Butler, 33-2, 15 knockouts, Casimero (31-4, 21 knockouts) intends to impress and get a big paycheck again.
Casimero spent the final phase of his training for Rigondeaux at Wild Card Boxing Club in Hollywood, which is 210 kilometers away from San Diego, under Nonoy Neri. – Rappler.com