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Pinoy champ John Riel ‘Quadros Alas’ Casimero (right) and Cuba’s Guillermo ‘El Chacal’ Rigondeaux (left). (Photo from Google)
MANDAUE CITY, CEBU — Coming off from back-to-back brutal victories over former World Boxing Organization (WBO) bantamweight champion Zolani ‘The Last Born’ Tete of South Africa and 2012 Olympian boxer Duke Micah of Ghana, Pinoy knockout king John Riel Casimero aims to be ‘the last man standing’ when he faces another knockout artist this coming August 14.
Boxing aficionados said that in facing the Cuban, Casimero, known by his fans as ‘Quadros Alas’, will have his hands full as he will find himself caged with a jackal as soon as he steps into the ring with two world bantamweight title belts at stake.
The Filipino bantamweight champ is the holder of the WBO crown, which he will place on the line against Cuba’s Guillermo ‘El Chacal (The Jackal)’ Rigondeaux. On the other hand, Rigondeaux is putting at stake his World Boxing Association (WBA) championship title.
Exciting though the match will be, the venue for the much-awaited fight has not been named as of press time, but Premier Boxing Champions and Showtime declared that they will be announcing this soon enough.
Even then, boxing fans of both fighters said that the matchup will surely be tough for both fighters as a win by Casimero would serve as a jump-off point for him to challenge the bantamweight division’s acknowledged best, three-weight world champion Naoya ‘The Monster’ Inoue of Japan.
Though on the crest of a six-fight stoppage streak, Casimero will be contending with a master boxer of the highest caliber in Rigondeaux when they meet in August. While at 40 he is no longer like most boxers at the peak of their career, Rigondeaux remains a formidable foe—carrying a 20-1-1 win-loss-draw record with 13 knockouts.
The Cuban fighter is also a two-time Olympic champion, a two-time world championships gold medalist and a three-time World Cup titleholder. Apart from these glowing credentials, Rigondeaux was a former Pan American Games and Central American titlist and seven-time Cuban national topnotcher.
On the other hand, Casimero, who totes a 30-4-1 ledger with 21 knockouts, is 8 years younger than his opponent, and has been impressive in his recent showing against two of the African continents best bantamweight pugilists.
In an interview, the 32-year-old Leyte-bred Casimero vowed to knock Rigondeaux’s head off when they finally trade punches inside the ring for the WBO and WBA championship crown.
Rigondeaux, a southpaw, and Casimero, a rightie, are both 5-foot-4 but the Cuban has a three-inch advantage in reach, an edge he is expected to use against the always-on-attack-mode Casimero. (AI/MTVN)