ORMOC CITY—A local boxer might play undercard between Manny Pacquiao and Joshua Clottey in March.
Promoters are considering rising star Jhunriel “Quadro Alas” Casimero as one of the featured attractions of the much-awaited bout in Dallas, Texas, on March 13 after he won a major fight last month.
This was bared by councilor Ruben Capahi, chairman of the committee on sports, when Casimero came home recently and received a hero’s welcome from Ormocanons led by Mayor Eric Codilla.
He was taken on a motorcade around downtown, and shook hands and signed autographs at the public market and police station.
The 19-year-old native of Can-untog here beat by technical knockout former world champion César Canchila for the World Boxing Association interim light-flyweight championship at the national stadium in Nicaragua last December 19.
He knocked down the Colombian in the third, sixth and ninth rounds and again twice in the 11th round, prompting the referee to stop the fight.
Casimero’s latest win boosted his record to 28 wins (22 knockouts) and two losses.
Casimero also scored an eighth-round win over Ardin Diale last May 28 in Cebu. He also bagged the World Boxing Organization (WBO) Asia-Pacific light-flyweight title when he knocked out Thailand’s Lempetch Sor Veerapol in the fifth round on October 3, 2008. He is now ranked No. 4 by the WBO.
Before turning professional, Casimero started at small boxing matches held during fiestas and Charter Day at the city plaza. His promising talent was first noticed when he won gold at the Eastern Visayas Regional Athletic Association meet in Ormoc in April 1996. He further shone at the Palarong Pambansa by winning gold that same year.
Casimero is now in Cebu training for the Pacquiao-Clottey event.