5. Johnriel Casimero (21-3-0, 13 KOs) Flyweight (112 lbs.)
After back-to-back losses fighting outside his native Philippines, Casimero had been 7-0 (KO 5). He stopped hometown favorite Argentinean Luis Alberto Lazarte in Round 10, capturing the light flyweight title. The fight resulted into chaos after Lazarte’s fans threw chairs in the ring, right after the official announcement. Casimero is unfazed of the previous fight experience, and instead traveled to Mexico and Panama and successfully defended his title.
After defending the title on the road, Casimero won via stoppages against Felipe Salguero, TKO 11 and Mauricio Fuentes KO 1, in his native Philippines. He then went to Mexico and knockout Armando Santos in round 2.
Casimero got another crack for a world title at the flyweight division against Zou Shiming conqueror Amnat Ruenroeng, but he failed his chance to capture his second world title in a foul-filled fight initiated by the champion. He lost a wide decision from two judges’ scorecards and close from one judge. He also demanded an immediate rematch.
Casimero didn’t fight again and waited for Ruenroeng rematch. It’s worth the wait as Casimero exacted revenge knocking out the titlist in Round 4 of their rematch in China.