In boxing, the word journeyman is often code for inept, a lukewarm euphemism for a tomato can, ham-and-egger, has-been, palooka, and that most scornful of monikers, bum.
Which is why it might behoove one to exercise a certain level of discretion when applying that label to a fighter like John Riel Casimero. It turns out the word has several shades of meanings.
In the strictest, non-stigmatic sense of the word, the Filipino bantamweight is a journeyman through and through; there is just no hiding this. Just scan his BoxRec and you’ll find that since 2007, Casimero, 31, has scoured the globe looking for paydays in Thailand, Panama, Argentina, China, Mexico, Nicaragua, England, South Africa, and the United States. That makes 10 countries in all, including his homeland, making him something of an outsourcer’s dream.
But unlike his other well-travelled peers – and this is the key distinction – Casimero rarely loses.
Now, the Filipino road warrior will yet again defend his title on foreign soil when he takes on the undefeated Duke Micah (24-0, 19 KOs) of Ghana Saturday, September 26 at the Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Connecticut.
Photo by Sumio Yamada