Bantamweight champions John Riel Casimero and Guillermo Rigondeaux are set to collide in the first quarter of next year. Rigondeaux (20-1, 13 KOs) presently has in his possession the WBA’s secondary Bantamweight title, while Casimero (30-4, 21 KOs) holds the WBO bantamweight title.
Rigondeaux was able to squeeze out a 12 round split decision win over 38 year old Liborio Solis to win the WBA “Regular” 118 pound title back in February but at 40 years, might have difficulty taking the power Casimero will be dishing out when they collide.
Rigondeaux is hoping to revive his career with a move down from 122 pounds and in his debut did very well dropping Solis in the seventh round but had to dig down in the championship rounds to get a victory.
Casimero will be attempting the s econd defense of his WBO bantamweight title when he takes on Rigondeaux, having already defeated previously unbeaten Duke Micah in his first defence. He presently targets the big names in the division and was hoping to land a fight against Naoya Inoue (20-0, 17 KOs), earlier this year but the Corona Virus pandemic hindered the negotiation process.
Casimero took out Micah with an impressive third round knockout and was quick to call out Inoue in the post fight Interview.
“You are not a Monster; you are a Japanese turtle. Inoue is scared of me. Come on. I don’t fight [Jason] Moloney because he’s easy for me. I want Inoue. He fights Jason Moloney. That’s easy, man,” said Casimero.
The two time Olympic Gold Medalist, Rigondeaux has always been good in the ring and since his lone processional loss to Lomachenko, laid in his trail Solis, Julio Ceja, and Giovanni Delgado. The Lomachenko fight was a wrong move for Rigondeaux, who moved up two weight classes to make the fight in 2018, only to find out, Lomachenko’s size difference played against him and he lost via a sixth round Knockout.
Casimero knocked out former WBO Bantamweight Zolani Tete in the third round to win the title, despite being tipped an underdog heading into the fight. He has some his last six fights since losing a 12 round unanimous decision to Jonas Sultan in 2017.