Former Filipino World Champion Johnriel Casimero may have loss his belt in the scale but he proves that he deserved another title shot as he pummeled Mauricio Fuentes of Colombia in just the one round in his supposed title defense in their scheduled 12-round match on Saturday night.
The 24-year-old Filipino was stripped of his International Boxing Federation (IBF) light-flyweight crown after failing to make the weight on Friday where he weighed in at 112.5 lbs in the 108-lb. limit division.
But in this fight, Casimero never showed that he was unprepared as he badly outclassed the Colombian which was down on the canvas thrice in the opening round to the delight of the sizeable crowd at the Waterfront Hotel and Casino here.
Casimero used his swift combinations and power right hand that decked Fuentes three times in the opening round that prompted Referee Gerard White to call a halt in the bout.
Fuentes looked stunned when he got up from the first knockdown and Casimero swarmed and fired hard hooks. The fight ended in the final 2:59 mark with the Colombian rolling on the canvas following a solid right uppercut from Fuentes.
“Hindi nga namin inakala na matatapos namin sa ganito (knockout),” Casimero said afterwards.
The native of Ormoc City improved his record to 20-2-1, with 12 KOs as he fought his last bout as a light-flyweight.
Casimero is expected to move up at flyweight.
Fuentes, 24, saw his 10-fight winning streak came to an end as he fell to 16-2 with 10 KOs. It was the first time the Colombian fought outside of his country.
Casimero's promoter Sammy Gello-ani has promised that he will give Casimero a title shot in the flyweight class.
Derailed Filipino Champion Johnriel Casimero knocks foe out in the opening round
Reviewed by Jay-R Bayon-on