Isang malaking hamon kay dating interim WBO light flyweight champion Johnreil Casimero ng Pilipinas ang pagsabak kay exIBF light flyweight champion Luis Alberto Lazarte para sa interim IBF junior flyweight title sa Buenos Aires, Argentina.
“Luis Alberto “El Mosquito“ Lazarte (49-10-2, 18KOs) will get a chance to set up a trilogy battle with current IBF junior flyweight champion Archie Solis. Lazarte will face tough Filipino contender Johnriel Casimero (15-2, 9KOs) on February 10th in Argentina for the interim-IBF title,“ ayon sa ulat ni boxing writer Jhonny Gonzalez ng BoxingScene.com.
Nabatid na hindi maidedepensa ni Solis ang kanyang korona dahil sa pinsalang nalasap niya nang bugbugin ni WBC light middleweight champion Saul Alvarez noong Oktubre habang nagsasanay sila sa Guadaljara, Mexico.
Nabasag ang panga ni Solis at nalagasan ng ilang ngipin kaya kinailangang operahin, dahilan kaya iniutos ng IBF na paglabanan nina mandatory contender Lazarte at Casimero ang interim crown.
Ang magwawagi sa dalawa ay idedeklarang kampeon kapag hindi na nakabalik sa boksing si Solis.
“Lazarte fought Solis twice, going to a controversial draw in their first meeting and then losing a split decision in the rematch. In Casimero’s last two title fights, he was decision by Ramon Garcia over twelve and got knocked out by IBF flyweight champ Moruti Mthalane,” dagdag sa ulat ni Gonzalez.
Kasalukuyang No. 3 si Casimero sa kampeong si Solis samantalang No. 1 si Lazarte at ang magwawagi sa kanila ay kakasa sa nakalistang No. 4 na Pinoy din na si Sonny Boy Jaro.
“Promoter Sammy Gelloani informed philboxing of this upcoming fight. Due to the wellpublicized injury suffered by the reigning champion, Ulises Solis of Mexico, the IBF has ordered Lazarte and Casimero to vie for the interim crown. The bout is scheduled to take place on February 10,“ ayon sa ulat ng Philboxing.com. “The IBF junior .flyweight number two spot is vacant. The number 4 slot is held by another Filipino, Sonny Boy Jaro and he could face the winner of Casimero-Lazarte if Solis remains in hiatus.“
“The 21-year old Casimero’s career was on the upside at the end of 2009 when he won the WBO interim light flyweight title in Nicaragua by stopping Cesar Canchila of Colombia in 11 rounds,“ dagdag sa ulat. “But Casimero lost to Mexico’s Ramon Garcia Hirales by split decision the following year. Casimero was stopped in South Africa last March 2011 by Moruti Mthalane in five rounds in an attempt to win the IBF flyweight title. Casimero (15W2L, 9 KO’s) returned to the win column last October after he stopped Roemart “TI Yamagata“ Sentillas at the Hoops Dome in Lapu-lapu City.“ – Gilbert Espeña