Casimero KOS Mex­i­can foe to re­tain in­terim WBO belt

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JOHN Riel Casimero suc­cess­fully de­fended his World Box­ing Or­ga­ni­za­tion in­terim ban­tamweight ti­tle af­ter de­feat­ing Mex­ico's Ce­sar Ramirez at the San An­dres Sports Com­plex here on Satur­day night.

Casimero knocked Ramirez out cold in Round 10 af­ter con­nect­ing on an up­per cut.

Prior to the fin­ish, Casimero scored knock­downs in the third, fifth, and sev­enth rounds.

Casimero, who went up to 28-4, is now set­ting his sights on a uni­fi­ca­tion bout with cur­rent champ Zolani Tete of South Africa, who is cur­rently re­cov­er­ing from an in­jury.

Ramirez’s sec­ond de­feat in 22 fights snapped his six straight wins mostly by stop­page.

In the co-main event, Vin­cent Astro­labio stays as the WBO ori­en­tal ban­tamweight ti­tlist af­ter a fifth-round knock­out of fel­low Filipino Kevin Asiniero.

Astro­labio is now at 143, while Asiniero falls to a 93-1 win-loss-draw slate.

In a spe­cial clash, Charly Suarez re­mains per­fect in his pro­fes­sional ca­reer af­ter beat­ing Vir­gil Pu­ton.

Suarez only needed 100 sec­onds to knock Pu­ton out as the lat­ter missed out on mak­ing the 10-count.

Suarez, who com­peted in the Rio Olympics in 2016, scored his third straight win in as many bouts. All three wins came by stop­pages too./ PNA

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