- Dan Rafael, ESPN Senior Writer
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The business of boxing will be humming again on Jan. 2. That is when two purse bids are scheduled to take place at the IBF offices in Springfield, N.J., according to championships chairman Lindsey Tucker.
Up for bid to promtoers registered with the organization are:
• A fight between Mexico's Alejandro Lopez (24-2, 7 KOs) and Colombia's Jhonatan Romero (22-0, 12 KOs) for the organization's vacant junior featherweight title. They will split the money from the winning purse offer 50-50.
The belt became vacant in October, when Nonito Donaire, who won it from Jeffrey Mathebula to unify two titles in July, reliniquished it before facing Toshiaki Nishioka. Romero got into position with a decision win in a September semifinal elimination bout against Efrain Esquivias. Lopez won his semifinal eliminator in October by outpointing former titlist Takalani Ndlovu.
• Junior flyweight titlist Johnriel Casimero's mandatory defense against Luis Alberto Rios. Casimero (17-2, 10 KOs), of the Philippines, will be making his second defense. Rios (18-1-1, 13 KOs), of Panama, scored an 11th-round knockout of Felipe Salguero in October in a title eliminator to become the mandatory challenger. Casimero is entitled to 75 percent of the winning bid with Rios getting 25 percent. The winning promoter has 90 days to put on the fight.
The business of boxing will be humming again on Jan. 2. That is when two purse bids are scheduled to take place at the IBF offices in Springfield, N.J.