Johnriel Casimero to face Jonas Sultan in all Filipino title eliminator Fight.
|Johnriel Casimero stoppage win over Amnat Ruenreong
Former 2-division IBF world champion Johnriel “Quadro Alas” Casimero (24-3,15KOs) will meet ALA Boxer and the current IBF Inter Continental Super Flyweight champion Jonas “Zorro” Sultan (13-3,9) in an IBF title eliminator fight in the undercard of IBF light flyweight world champion Milan Melindo title unification fight with IBO light flyweight world champion Hekkie Budler of South Africa on September 16 at Water Front Hotel and Casino in Cebu City. The fight was announced by ALA Promotions president Michael Aldeguer at a press conference.
27, Casimero of Ormoc City, Leyte is a 2-weight class world champion. He won his first title by stopping Luis Alberto Lazarte in Buenos Aires Argtina in 2012. The fight went disastrous when Lazarte’s countrymen started riot after Casimero stopped Lazarte in 11th round. Originally the fight was for the interim title, Casimero was elevated to full champion position after previous champion Ulises Solis suffered jaw injury. Casimero defended the title four times but then he was stripped due to failure to make the contract weight for light flyweight division (108 pounds). Casimero move up in Flyweight division and get another world title shot against Thai boxer Amnat Ruenroeng. He lost in his first fight with Ruenroeng in June 2016 but IBF had ordered rematch because of Ruenroeng’s dirty tactics. Casimero stopped Ruenroeng in the fourth round of their rematch to claim the IBF flyweight world title in May 2015. Casimero defended the title once after he decided to move up in Super flyweight division (115 pounds). He is now current IBF number 3 in the division.
25, Jonas Sultan of Cebu City is the current IBF Inter-Continental Super flyweight champion. He acquired the title after scoring an upset win over home town boxer Makazolele Tete in South Africa. After that he made bigger statement in the the division after stopping former WBC world champion fellow Filipino Sonny Boy Jaro in the eight round on May 2017 in Anggono Rizal.
The winner will become the mandatory challenger for the IBF Super flyweight world title currently held by another Filipino Jerwin Ancajas who will come back possibly in October.
Newly crowned IBF world Bantamweight champion Ryan Burnett will meet WBA “Super” bantamweight world champion Zhanat Zhakiyanov on October 21 at SSE Arena in Belfast Northern Ireland.
33 year-old Zhanat “ZZ” Zhakiyanov (27-1,18) of Petropavl, Kazakhstan won the IBO and WBA world title in February 2016 when beat Rau’Shee Warren in Toledo Ohio. Zhakiyanov was down twice in the first round but cameback and rallied to win the fight. IBO title becomes vacant as Zhakiyanov did not pay sanction fee.
25, Ryan Burnett (17-0,9) of Belfast Northern Ireland is the current IBF bantamweight world title. He won the title with twelve round unanimous decision win over former champion Lee Haskins. He dropped Haskins once in round 6 and 11 en route his wide margin decision win.
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Just one year after he decided to turn pro, former Olympian Mark Anthony Barriga entered the IBF (International Boxing Federation) latest world ranking at 105 pounds / minimumweight divsion. Barriga who outclassed Joel Taduran to earn 10 round unanimous decision in Sablayan Mindoro on July 22 finds his name at the 14th position.
24 year-old Barriga, who is under Jason Soong Boxing Promotions has an unblemished record of 6 wins with 1 knockout. He competes as a light-flyweight as an amateur, Barriga represented Philippines at the 2012 London Olympics, reaching the round of 16 as a light-flyweight.
IBF world minimumweight title is currently held by Hiroto Kyoguchi (8-0,6) of Japan. He won the title with 12 round unanimous decision over Mexican Jose Argumedo on July 23 in Tokyo Japan.
|Rau’shee Warren connecting upper cut to Arroyo
In the battle of Olympians Rau’shee Warren outclassed Puerto Rican Mcjoe Arroyo on the Mickey Garcia-Adrien Broner non-televised undercard at Barclays Center in Brooklyn New York. All three judges gave the fight for Warren of Cincinnati Ohio. Scores were 118-110, 117-111, 117-111.
Warren was obviously the sharper and busier fighter throughout the fight. Warren is now the mandatory challenger for IBF world super flyweight title currently held by Filipino puncher Jerwin Ancajas.
This his first fight since losing his WBA/IBO world Bantamweight titles to Kazakhstan’s Zhanat Zhakiyanov in February 2017 where he dropped Zhakiyanov twice in first round but the Kazakh boxer came back to earn a 12-round split decision win.
“I feel really good at this weight. Now it’s time for me to go get a strap. I haven’t been at this weight since the Olympics. I want to get these titles and then go down to 112 pounds for another title. First I want to take care of Jerwin Ancajas.” Warren said.
Look how this boxing aficionados predict who will emerge victorious and who will be sent to the canvass between Kell Brook and Errol Spence Jr. for the IBF Weleterweight Championship of the World this coming Saturday May 27, 2017 at the Bramall Lane in Sheffield England.
Being undefeated, Spence became the mandatory opponent of Brook to get its belt after his victory against Leonard Bundu last August.
Brook will fight for the IBF weltherweight title after he had been defeated by the unbeaten Triple G last September 2016 that caused him to suffer from a damaged eye socket during his battle with Golovkin. Kell Brook a.k.a “The Special One” had a total of 37 boxing bouts, 36 wins and a victory of 25 KOs and is once defeated.
On the other hand, his opponent Errol Spence already has a total number of 21 bouts, 21 wins 18 by knockout and never been defeated throughout his boxing career.
This bout is said to be the biggest fight for the 147 pound division and will be aired live via Sky Sports Box Office and also on Showtime Championship Boxing in US.