Johnriel Casimero to defend title against Mauricio Fuentes on May 3

By Doug Fischer

MANILA, Philippines – IBF junior flyweight titleholder Johnriel Casimero will make a mandatory defense against Colombia’s Mauricio Fuentes on May 3 at the Waterfront Hotel in Cebu City, Philippines.

Sammy Gello-ani, who promotes Casimero, revealed the news to at the 14th Gabriel “Flash” Elorde Awards in Pasay City, Philippines on Tuesday night. Gello-ani says that the 24-year-old Casimero (19-2, 11 knockouts) of Ormoc City has earned the chance to defend his belt after fighting most of his major fights overseas.

Fuentes (16-2, 10 KOs) is not an unfamiliar name to Casimero, as the two had been reported to face one another several times before events fell through. Fuentes, rated no. 12 by the IBF, has never fought outside of his home country or competed in a fight that was scheduled for longer than eight rounds.

“The matchup, I could say that he’s not the number one contender but we will not be over-confident,” said Gello-ani. “He’s still a fighter and he’s a boxer from Colombia which has good fighters. [Casimero] will just train well and fight hard.”

Casimero won the title in 2012 with a stoppage victory over Luis Lazarte in Argentina, which resulted in an ugly post-fight riot that made it to ESPN’s airwaves.

Casimero has since made three defenses, with the last being an eleventh-round technical knockout of Felipe Salguero in Makati City, Philippines this past October.

Casimero will return this week to Cebu City to train at the Omega Boxing Gym with Christopher “Ping Ping” Tepora. Casimero is rated no. 5 by THE RING at 108 pounds, while Fuentes is unrated.

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Source: The Ring


Main Events and Showtime’s Espinoza trade words on Twitter over Stevenson-Kovalev ordeal

By Scott Christ

Stephen Espinoza and the folks at Main Event had themselves a bit of a “Twitter battle” last night on the issue of Adonis Stevenson, Sergey Kovalev, and Al Haymon.

Kathy Duva of Main Events was not shy about sharing her feelings on Adonis Stevenson and his advisor Al Haymon “ducking” her fighter, Sergey Kovalev, by signing a new deal with Showtime Sports, likely with the intent to face Bernard Hopkins at some point this year, and leading off with Stevenson’s May 24 fight against Andrzej Fonfara.

Last night, Main Events and Showtime Sports boss Stephen Espinoza got into a bit of a verbal spat via Twitter, which started when Espinoza made a somewhat smarmy comment in response to being asked if Stevenson-Kovalev was a dead issue:

No. Kovalev’s welcome to come to SHO too. “@rocknrao: Does deal with Stevenson kill the possibility of a Kovalev fight for the time being?”

— Stephen Espinoza (@StephenEspinoza) March 26, 2014

Main Events were quick to respond:

@StephenEspinoza @mark_mac18 Oh, now that he’s signed with another network he’s welcome at Showtime but a few months ago he wasn’t? Nice.

— Main Events (@Main_Events) March 26, 2014

Espinoza had been challenged to a verbal duel with that tweet. He obliged:

@Main_Events Maybe if you called me even once to pitch your fighter there would have been more interest. It is called “promoting,” right?

— Stephen Espinoza (@StephenEspinoza) March 26, 2014

Main Events did not back down!

@StephenEspinoza Maybe if you gave Championship Boxing dates to any promoter other than GBP/Mayweather, we would have tried. #pointless

— Main Events (@Main_Events) March 26, 2014

Espinoza called out the Golden Boy/Mayweather bit, pointing out that Stevenson is with neither party:

@Main_Events Yvon Michel disagrees. In any event, the one sure way not to get a SHO boxing date is to never ask for one…so well done.

— Stephen Espinoza (@StephenEspinoza) March 26, 2014

And then Main Events went for the wide open comeback, noting the man that may (or may not) be really running this entire show:

@StephenEspinoza Stevenson is with Al Haymon. C’mon, dude. Everyone knows what’s going on at Showtime. Why pretend?

— Main Events (@Main_Events) March 26, 2014

It’s all just empty back-and-forth that ultimately means little, but it’s nice to see Main Events and Espinoza address this publicly. And by “nice” I mean mostly humorous for us, and probably maddening for the Main Events side, and possibly humorous for Espinoza, though I don’t know, I’m not his BFF, I’m just a guy looking at Twitter same as any of you folk out there in TV Land, or wherever you are right now.

Source: Bad Left Hook


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