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Casimero vs. Rios IBF Purse Bid Won By Sampson

By Rick Reeno

BoxingScene.com has been advised that Sampson Boxing submitted the winning bid in for the IBF's mandatory fight between junior flyweight champion John Riel Casimero (17-2, 10KOs) of the Philippines and mandatory challenger Luis Alberto Rios (18-1-1, 13KOs) of Panama.

Sampson Boxing put down $132,000 dollars at this morning's purse bid at the IBF's headquarters in New Jersey. He beat out promoter Rogelio Espino of Promociones y Events del Istmo.

Casimero won the title last February in Argentina with a ten round TKO of veteran Luis Alberto Lazarte. A full blown riot erupted after Casimero had won. The Filipino fighter, manager Sean Gibbons and sidekick Woody were all attacked by a raging crowd.

Rios became the mandatory with an eleven round TKO of Felipe Salguero on October 25th.

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