Earlier this week we had reported rumours that former IBF Light Flyweight champion John Riel Casimero (20-2, 12) was in the running to fight in Osaka on New Years Eve against Kazuto Ioka (15-1, 9). Sadly that rumour turned out to only be a rumour and since then we've had it confirmed that Ioka would be fighting former WBA interim world champion Jean Piero Perez (20-7-1, 14).
We'll admit we found the Ioka announcement to be disappointing to say the least though we've been pleasantly surprised by the fact that the IBF do list a bout for Casimero who will also be in action in December.
According to the IBF Casimero will be fighting on December 13th in an IBF Flyweight #1 eliminator bout against Mexico's Armando Santos (14-3-1, 8). For those who recognise Santos's name he has actually been in with a few Asian fighters in the past. In 2010 he battled Toshiyuki Igarashi in Japan and in 2013 he defeated Roli Golez of the Philippines.
As has become a regular thing in Casimero's career he will be the on the road for this bout fighting in Pachuca Hidalgo, Mexico. This will be Casimero's 7th bout on the road in his last 10 contests and will see him returning to Mexico for the first time since he defended the IBF Light Flyweight against Pedro Guevara, who will be in action on December 30th against Akira Yaegashi.
For Casimero this bout will be his first since he defeated Mauricio Fuentes back in May, that bout saw him being stripped of the IBF Light Flyweight title after missing weight, and this will be his first bout as a full blown Flyweight in more than 3 years, following his win over Roemart Sentillas.
The winner of the Casimero/Santos bout should become the #1 contender for IBF Flyweight champion Amnat Ruenroeng (14-0, 5), who we believe will be defending his title on February 14th against Zou Shiming (5-0, 1) if Shiming can win his upcoming bout.
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