Johnriel Casimero fighting Nonito Donaire looms, Jerwin Ancajas and Reymart Gaballo will dangle their titles, Jonas Sultan will fight again, and Olympic medalist Eumir Marcial will make his return.
The last quarter of the year is going to be busy for Filipino boxers in the United States, according to MP (Manny Pacquiao) Promotions president Sean Gibbons.
“Discussions are moving forward for Donaire-Casimero,” said Gibbons. “And the decision may be known by the end of the week.”
Donaire, a four-division world champion, and Casimero were supposed to tangle on August 14 but Donaire pulled out claiming Casimero disrespected his wife and was late in accepting his demand for VADA (Voluntary Anti-Doping Association) testing.
As a result, Guillermo Rigondeaux was asked to sub for Donaire, the World Boxing Council champion.
Gibbons said Donaire-Casimero would likely happen in November or December with the winner tangling with Inoue, the World Boxing Organization and International Boxing Federation titlist, for the unified crown in December.
Following Mark Magsayo‘s vicious knockout of former world champion Julio Ceja in the 10th round on August 21 in the undercard of Manny Pacquiao-Yordenis Ugas tussle, Gibbons said a star is born.
Being the WBC international featherweight title, Magsayo could already challenge WBC champion Gary Russell.
Gibbons, however, said style makes fight and Russell’s style is bad for Magsayo.
Ancajas, the IBF junior bantamweight champion, is still in the Philippines training with Joven Jimenez, and are just waiting for the fight call in November.
Gaballo, the WBC interim bantamweight champion, and Marcial, the Tokyo Olympics welterweight bronze medalist, will also fight in November.
Also to be given a fight within the year is Sultan who is fresh off a seventh-round knockout of Sharone Carter on August 14. – Rappler.com