Dominican slugger Jonathan Guzman and Mexico's Daniel Rosas are reportedly set for an IBF super bantamweight eliminator, with the winner getting the No. 2 slot in the sanctioning body's rankings, for the belt currently held by Carl Frampton, according to promoter Sampson Lewkowicz.
Guzman (20-0, 20 KO) went 3-0 last year, beating Juan Guzman (TKO-5), Christian Esquivel (RTD-5), and Danny Aquino (TKO-9). The win over Aquino aired on a PBC on NBCSN show in October, the night that Gabriel Bracero knocked out Danny O'Connor in the first round in Lowell, Massachusetts. Guzman, 26, has fought his last four fights in the United States, after fighting exclusively in the Dominican Republic (and one fight in Argentina) from 2011-14.
Rosas (20-2-1, 12 KO) is a more curious pick by the IBF for the position. The 26-year-old has a fairly soft record, and his three straight wins have come over opposition that could be described as mediocre at best. He lost two straight fights as a bantamweight to Rodrigo Guerrero and Alejandro Hernandez in 2014.
The IBF super bantamweight title is currently held by Carl Frampton, who is moving up to featherweight this summer to face WBA featherweight titleholder Leo Santa Cruz, meaning it's likely Frampton will vacate his two belts at 122 at some point this year. The IBF's current No. 1 contender is Japan's Shingo Wake, which means it's possible that Wake would face the Guzman-Rosas winner for the vacant belt, or we could see Wake face someone else, and everything will eventually work itself around to the Guzman-Rosas winner getting either a title shot or another chance to get another chance to get a title shot.