BARELY has John Riel Casimero savored his newly-acquired International Boxing Federation (IBF) light-flyweight belt whenl the Filipino champion stakes his 108 lbs. title three weeks from now in Sinaloa, Mexico.
Casimero,22, has been set for an August 4 defense against Mexican Pedro Guevarra, as listed in BoxRec.
Guevarra hails from Sinaloa and is unbeaten in 18 fights, including 13 by KOs. He has not fought outside of Mexico, however, since turning pro in 2008, and is coming off a 12-round unanimous decision win over Jose Guadalupe Martinez last May.
Casimero became the new IBF light-flyweight title holder Friday after the boxing body stripped Mexican Ulisess Solis of his crown. Solis recently underwent bone insertion on his left jaw and will be out for at least three to four months, making him unavailable for an Oct. 30 mandatory title defense against Casimero.
The newly-crowned champion holds a record of 16-2-1, with 10 KOs. He scored a 10th round technical knockout of Juan Lazarte in Argentina last February to become the IBF interim champion. The bout was marred by a post-fight riot that saw Lazarte’s supporters attacked Casimero and the small Filipino entourage inside the ring.
Sammy Gelo-Ani, the Cebu-based manager of Casimero, continue to ignore calls and text messages to him.