Casimero’s fight vs. taller Japanese ends in a controversial draw

MANILA, Philippines – John Riel “Quadro Alas” Casimero ended his bout against Yukinori Oguni with a draw due to an accidental headbutt in the fourth round on Thursday, October 12 at the Ariake Arena in Tokyo, Japan.

Casimero’s fight vs. taller Japanese ends in a controversial draw
It wasn't the outcome Filipinos had hoped for as Casimero's match against Oguni ended in a draw during the fourth round, following an accidental headbutt. Photo Credit: Treasure Boxing Promotion

While the Philippines' boxing spotlight may have dimmed after the Manny Pacquiao era, it's far from the end of the road for Pinoy boxers. Pacman's successors are still in the ring, fiercely battling to restore the world's respect for all Filipinos and their fighting spirit.

John Riel "Quadro Alas" Casimero, at one point in his career, carried the moniker "Next Pacman," but the outspoken Filipino fighter failed to live up to the expectations, marred by his "bad boy" persona both inside and outside the ring.

Despite being a loudmouth, Casimero walks the talk. He may be a trashtalker but on the canvas, his fists are as strong as his mouth or even harder. With 22 KOs in 33 fights, he for sure is a legit hard hitter.

For the first time in his pro boxing career, Casimero faced an unheralded but taller and longer fighter in Yukinori Oguni for a 10-round non-title bout.

Despite the height and reach disadvantages, Quadro Alas remained as the top dog among the two Asian boxers and heavily favored to win the match prior to the event.

As the opening bell rang, Casimero wasted no time and measured his opponent’s strength by throwing a bunch of combinations.

Though shorter, the Filipino managed to evade the Japanese’s long jabs and exchanged them with hooks to the body and head.

At the end of the first, Casimero seemed to win the round by landing power punches to his opponent.

Entering the second round, Quadro Alas altered his approach, adopting a counter-punching strategy to exploit Oguni's timing. However, his tactic didn't yield the desired results, as he was tagged a few times, ultimately allowing the Japanese fighter to secure the round.

Sensing that he might have lost round 2, Casimero unleashed powerful hooks in the third to regain the lead.

The lanky Japanese, despite absorbing heavy hits from Casimero still looked fresh, standing tall, and was able to throw his signature jabs and straights to keep the bout close.

A stroke of good fortune for Casimero emerged at the beginning of the fourth round when a powerful left hook sliced open Oguni's right eyebrow, prompting the referee to step in and call for immediate medical attention.

The Japanese’s corner tried to stop Oguni’s bleeding by wrapping a towel around his head while the referee signaled for the end of the match as he could no longer continue due to the massive cut.

However, it’s not the stoppage that the Filipino fighter was looking for as the ring official ruled the incident as an inadvertent headbutt and declared the fight as a draw.

Amid the frustrating stalemate, Quadro Alas' record was adjusted to 33 wins, 4 losses, and 1 draw.

Aside from the unpleasant match outcome, Casimero’s chances to face Naoya “Monster” Inoue, whom he called out several times, abruptly faded.

— Joey Boy Capos, The Summit Express


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  1. Lucky for him. At least hindi pa agad siya patutulugin ni Inoue. Sa itsura pa lang ng laban kay Oguni halatang di aabot ng mid rounds si Casimero kung si Inoue ang kalaban. Di na nga mabilis ung jab ni oguni sapul pa rin siya haha.

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