There is some air of invincibility in John Riel Casimero that his adversaries find hard to ignore. His sky-is-the-limit swagger, matched by his ability in the ring, is more than enough to instil fear against his opponents.
Casimero unleashed a stern warning against British contender Paul Butler, who will go after the Filipino’s World Boxing Organization bantamweight title on April 22 at the Echo Arena in Liverpool, England.
It will be promoted by Probellum, which won the bid to stage his title defense.
“Nag-post pala ang Probellum. May picture pa kay Paul Butler, balak nila tatanggalan daw nila ako ng belt, sige po i-sure niyo lang kasi balak ko din tanggalan ng ULO ang boxer niyo,” posted Casimero on his Facebook page “Quadro Alas It’s My Boy.”
Casimero’s post was accompanied by his most recent photo, showing his readiness for the fight.
Toting a fight record of 31 wins against four losses, the 32-year-old hopes to defeat an equally skilled Butler (33 wins, 15 KO, 2 losses), who briefly held the International Boxing Federation title in 2014 as Casimero will try his luck again to entice the best in the division to face him for a unification bout.
Negotiations to fight World Boxing Council champion Nonito Donaire and World Boxing Association/International Boxing Federation titlist Naoya Inoue of Japan failed as the two will instead clash in a rematch on June 7 in Saitama, Japan.
Observers say Donaire and Naoya are dodging Casimero, whose unpredictable style and confidence make him a very dangerous opponent.
In fact, Casimero does not back down from a fight, even off the ring.
When Probellum posted Butler’s photo with the caption “Coming for the WBO strap,” Casimero immediately made known his thoughts about the post.
He stated in the comment section “In your dreams” as a reply to the post.