AFTER HIS knockout victory over British national Charlie Edwards in London, England on Sunday (Manila Time), IBF world flyweight champion Johnriel Casimero headed back to Ormoc City, where he was given hero’s welcome by the local government and fellow Ormocanons. Casimero, together with his team, arrived at the Ormoc City Port on Thursday morning, September 15. Upon his arrival, he was cheerfully welcomed by his supporters.
The motorcade began an hour after their arrival, a courtesy of the city government of Ormoc to the homegrown boxing champion. Johnriel, displaying his belt, toured throughout the city
streets and around the public market before heading to the city hall to meet with the city’s elective officials. The city was in a festive mood as the people along the streets cheered for the
champion, took photos with him, shook hands, and called him “idol”. Casimero admitted in an interview that he was overwhelmed by the support shown to him by his fans and fellow Ormocanons,
and that he was grateful for having his first-ever hero’s welcome in his homecoming. It can be remembered that his world record and boxing feat Ormoc cheers for homegrown champ fell short of attention by the previous administrations.
“It was a very nice fight back there in London because we had enough preparation and we are happy to bring pride to our country through our knockout win,” said Casimero, when asked about the
experience in his latest match in UK. He further said that he felt happy and proud that his opponent’s supporters congratulated and cheered for him in the end after knocking down their own fighter on the 10th round. “I was not expecting a knockout during that last fight,” he confessed, “I just wanted to win.” When asked for an advice to his fellow boxers and athletes in other sports,he pointed out that they should always have self-control, that they have to pray and work hard, as well as keep their feet on the ground. After defending his title and improving
his record to 23-3 with 15 knockouts, Casimero is looking forward to fight the current pound-for-pound king, Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez of Nicaragua (46-0, 38 knockouts).
Meanwhile, Mayor Richard Gomez who is a sports enthusiast, asked the city council to pass a resolution granting a cash incentive for the Ormocano boxer. By Joseph Pilapil