JOHNRIEL Casimero stakes his International Boxing Federation (IBF) light-flyweight title this Saturday against Felipe Salguero of Mexico at the Makati Coliseum.
The 12-round fight marks the first time Casimero will be defending the 108 lbs title before Filipino boxing fans after successfully title defenses in bouts held in Panama and Mexico.
The last of those title defenses was a 12-round split decision over Pedro Guevara in Mexico last August.
The pride of Ormoc City boasts of an 18-2 record, including 10 by KOs. He is one of three Filipino reigning world champion along with Donnie Nietes (World Boxing Organization light-flyweight) and Merlito Sabillo (World Boxing Organization minimumweight).
Salguero, meanwhile, is no stranger to local fight fans.
Last year he also challenged for the WBO light-flyweight crown of the 31-year-old Nietes, but lost by unanimous decision at the Resorts World Hotel and Casino.
The challenger from Toluca, Mexico owns a n 18-4 record (13KOs), and is coming off a seventh round technical knockout of Armando Vasquez last August.
The boxing card is presented by MP Promotions of boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao and will be free to the public.
Part of the undercard includes Filipino fighters Michael Farenas and Froilan Saludar. Farenas will take on Kusol Sor Vorapin of Thailand, while Saludar is up against Tawanrong Eusamphan also of Thailand.