Former two-division world champion Johnriel Casimero will face his compatriot Jonas Sultan in an eliminator bout on September 16. The winner will become the mandatory challenger of reigning International Boxing Federation (IBF) super flyweight belt champion Jerwin Ancajas.
The bout will be held at the Waterfront Hotel and Casino in Cebu City.
This is the second time that the 27-year-old former IBF light flyweight and IBF flyweight champion will fight a fellow Filipino after beating Jecker Buhawe via unanimous decision last June 25 in Iligan City. The IBF ranked Casimero No.3 in the super flyweight division after the win.
“We’re surprised that they (Sultan camp) picked us,” said Casimero’s trainer Jhun Agrabio, noting that they must not take Sultan lightly. “I’m pretty sure they are preparing seriously so we have to be careful and prepare hard too.”
Casimero, who relinquished his IBF flyweight belt last December to climb up to the super flyweight class, is holding a 24-3 win-loss record with 15 knockouts. He dominated Thai Amnat Ruenroeng via technical knockout in a rematch in China last May 25, 2016 to win the IBF flyweight belt.
On the other hand, the Cebuano native Sultan (13-3 record with nine knockouts) is known for his knockout power. In his last fight, he KOed fellow Filipino and former World Boxing Council flyweight champ Sonny Boy Jaro last May 7 in Angono, Rizal.
Sultan, 25, and rated No. 8 by the IBF, is presently training under Edito Villamor who also trains IBF flyweight champion Donnie Nietes and IBF light flyweight champion Milan Melindo.