John Riel Casimero is the star of BoxNation on Saturday 24th August when he defends his interim WBO Bantamweight crown against Mexican Cesar Ramirez in the Philippines.
The winner will get a crack against WBO World Champion Zolani Tete in their very next fight.
Two-weight World Champion Casimero is known to British fight fans for his stoppage of Charlie Edwards in 2016.
The Filipino (27-4) could be considered one of the world’s best fighters that casual fans have never heard of.
BoxNation’s factfile gives you the low down on Casimero ahead of his San Juan showdown against Ramirez.
1) Casimero loved sport as a kid and tried all sports until he found one he could compete in and managed that in boxing when he was 12.
2) He is one of four children and his father worked as a porter to provide for the family.
3) He was a National Amateur Champion, but was unsure about turning professional and planned to be a policeman.
4) The Filipino star first boxed in Pararong Pambansa competitions, multi-sports events involving children from different regions of the country.
5) Incredibly he has boxed in 10 countries since turning professional in 2007 at the age of 17.
6) When he won he won the interim IBF Light-Flyweight Title in 2012 by knocking out Luis Lazarte in 10 rounds in Argentina, it sparked a full scale riot. Chairs were thrown and he was attacked in the ring by thugs. He had the hide under the ring for an hour.
7) His brother Jayson Casimero, a former pro trains him in their hometown of Ormoc City in the province of Leyte.
8) He is advised by Sean Gibbons, who recently had to deal with promotional problems that have engulfed Casimero.