SINCE he was able to produce a legitimate medical certificate to prove his illness, three-division boxing champion John Riel Casimero was able to satisfactorily answer the questions of the World Boxing Organization (WBO) regarding his supposed ailment.
Thus, Casimero, 32, will still remain as the WBO world bantamweight champion after the boxing body issued a resolution yesterday, December 23, 2021.
The resolution read that the medical documents furnished by Casimero’s team proved that the Filipino champ indeed suffered from viral gastritis, and that the “findings were rendered by duly licensed physicians and certified by the respective medical institutions.”
The WBO also gave Probellum, the Casimero-Butler fight promoter, a total of 15 days to reschedule the fight.
The flamboyant Casimero was supposed to make a mandatory defense of his title against 33-year-old Englishman pro fighter Paul Butler at the Coca-Cola Arena in Dubai last December 11. However, the fight was cancelled after Casimero reportedly suffered from viral gastritis and was hospitalized before the weigh-in.
The champ was then ordered to provide a medical certificate to prove his illness within 10 days or face being stripped away of his title.