The IBF orders a title eliminator between Juarez and Ward
3kingsboxing has learned the IBF has ordered a final eliminator for the super bantamweight title between Cesar Juarez (23-6, 17KO) and Thomas Ward (24-0, 3KO).
Juarez, a 27 year-old fighter out of Mexico, is a very crafty veteran that has been in the ring with some of the best in the division. This opportunity will give him a second chance at a world title since his fight with Nonito Donaire back in 2015.
The #6 rated IBF contender has won his last three fights. He is no stranger to causing upsets; his last, a victory against then undefeated Albert Pagara.
That victory would ultimately lead to a mandatory showdown for the then Interim WBO champion Isaac Dogboe. Even though he lost by knockout, the Mexican banger has been on a mission to get back into title contention.
Ward, a 24 year-old British boxer, currently holds the IBF European title. If the fight is accepted, this will be a huge step up in competition for the young contender.
The #8 rated IBF contender is a very good boxer. He simultaneously scheduled to fight against an opponent to be named later on a Matchroom promoted undercard on October 13.
Juarez is a former Mexican Super Flyweight Champion that had lost his last mandatory title opportunity while being 1-2 against undefeated fighters.
Ward has never faced a ranked opponent and never fought outside his country in the U.K.
Both teams have until September 13, to accept the fight.
By: Garrisson Bland