Johnriel Casimero new IBF Jr. Flyweight Champion

Johnriel Casimero was declared the new IBF Jr. Flyweight Champion yesterday, July 19, after the organization learned that Ulises Solis would still not be able to defend his title by October 30, 2012.  Solis was granted a medical exception after suffering a broken jaw in an alleged altercation with Saul “Canelo” Alvarez in December 2011.  The exception gave Ulises an additional 9 months from the original mandatory date of January 30, 2012 to defend his title.  This week the IBF received a letter from Solis’s physician explaining that in order for the boxer’s jaw to heal properly he required a bone fragment transplant. This procedure was performed on Solis on May 29.  Furthermore, the physician recommended an additional six month healing period from this surgery. As a result, Solis will not be able to meet the extended mandatory deadline set for October 30, 2012 to defend his title.