September 10, 2016 John Riel Casimero vs. Charlie Edwards at O2 Arena (Millenium Dome), Greenwich, London, United Kingdom for the IBF World flyweight title


Casimero ends Edwards’ dream of a flyweight world title

Yesterday night seemed to be a losing night for the Brits as Charlie Edwards first fell to John Riel Casimero and then later on Kell Brook sanked to GGG. Edwards’ dream of a flyweight world title came crushing as he was outclassed by Casimero in the 10th round of the Brook vs Golovkin undercard fight.

Even though he had gone into the game confident of a win, Edwards had been viewed as an underdog by many boxing pundits and followers prior to the fight. Many had thought the Surrey-born flyweight was getting himself into more than he could handle when news came that he would be fighting the flyweight world champion.

Edwards was only going to his ninth pro-fight while the Filipino already had a wealth of experience in the flyweight category and numerous wins to his name.

The Filipino dominated the opening rounds but the 23 year old Englishman regained confidence midway to even nail Casimero a fourth round blow that left him with a cut above the eye.

The 26 year old Casimero however showed more accuracy than his opponent throughout the London 02 match. He hit with more power and dominated the Golovkin vs Brook prematch.

The 10th round is what the Filipino needed to prove that his flyweight game was way above that of his counterparts. He sent Edwards reeling on the floor with a cracking left hook a minute into the game. Edwards managed to beat the count but referee Steve Gray jumped in to stop it soon after one minute and 57 seconds of the 10th round as Casimero carried on the onslaught.

Casimero’s delight and Edwards’ disappointment

Philippines’ Casimero jumped up in delight have clinched the night’s title but the scenario was completely different for the Epsom fighter. The young Brit looked distraught as he tried to swallow the bitter pill of his loss to Casimero. His dream of a flyweight world title had just been swept away right under his watch by the shuddering left hook in the 10th round. This loss had been his first in a pro match. The Surrey youth knelt on the floor in dejection for a moment before regaining his cool.

The start of a journey

Even though Edwards might have been disappointed with yesternight’s loss, all is not lost for him. Last night’s contest serves as a stepping stone to greater career experience rather than a mark of defeat and humiliation. Edwards’ placement in the eyes of boxing counterparts and fans will certainly go up because he dared to challenge a giant. In addition, the flyweight is still young. At 23, he still has many years of a boxing career ahead of him and he can manage to carve a name for himself as a flyweight icon too with time.

Edwards broke into the professional boxing world last year. Prior to that, he had been travelling around Europe facing other young boxers as an amateur boxer. He has risen fast in the field of boxing in comparison to most boxers. Most boxers usually have to endure many years of fighting on the undercards of big events with minimal audience before they can make themselves known. The Brit has however risen fast through the ranks and even participated in the semi-pro World Series of Boxing.

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