FORMER International Boxing Federation (IBF) light flyweight champion Johnriel Casimero fought in a hostile venue for the third time and won via knockout over Mexican Armando Santos on Saturday night in title eliminator IBF flyweight match at the Salon Las Palmas in Monterey, Mexico.
Casimero, who improved to 21-2 with 13 knockouts, didn’t give Santos (14-4-1 log with eight knockouts) any opportunity in the second round after scoring a knock down twice.
Casimero, who lost his IBF light flyweight in May after exceeding five pounds over the limit in Cebu City but managed to knockout Mauricio Fuentes in the first round, is now a contender to IBF flyweight champion Amnat Ruenroeng of Thailand. He successfully won the IBF title before in Argentina after beating Luis Lazarte in a fight-marred match in 2012 before defending the titles against Pedro Guevarra in Mexico In 2012 and Luis Alberto Rios in Panama in 2013.
He also defeated Felipe Salguero of Mexico last October 2013 in Manila.