Former IBF Light Flyweight champion Johnriel Casimero (20-2, 12) is reported to be preparing hard for his upcoming bout, an IBF Flyweight eliminator against Armando Santos (14-3-1, 8) on December 13th, as he attempts to move one step closer to becoming a 2-weight world champion.
The popular Filipino fighter has been training hard at a gym in Quezon City where he has been sparring with compatriots Warlito Parrenas (22-6, 19) and Ardin Diale (25-9-3, 12), who both fight on December 9th themselves, in tough sessions to help him get ready for the bout with Santos.
From what we understand Casimero is now focusing on getting his weight sorted ahead of the bout. Last time out it was a weight issue that saw Casimero being stripped of his Light Flyweight title after he came in at 113.75lbs and it seems that weight is the only issue for him to sort out ahead of travelling to Mexico coming end. Although he will be fighting on the road, again, we suspect that Casimero will be more than good enough to over-Santos who fought to a draw with Javier Franco last time out and struggled with Romanian Silvio Olteanu earlier this year.
If Casimero wins he'll be keeping a close eye on the coming world title fight between unbeaten Chinese star Zou Shiming (6-0, 1) and current IBF world champion Amnat Ruenroeng (14-0, 5) with those two men set to fight on March 8th in Macao. Casimero against either of those two would be a very interesting bout and we'd love to see him getting such a big opportunity next summer.
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