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WBO bantamweight champion John Riel Casimero (30-4, 21 KOs) will look to add another belt to his collection as he takes on WBA champion Guillermo Rigondeaux (20-1,13 KOs) on Saturday, Aug.14.
The event takes place at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, California and will be broadcast live on Showtime under the Premier Boxing Champions banner. This will be a 12-round bout in the bantamweight division at the weight limit of 118 pounds.
Casimero will be defending the WBO title in this bout and Rigondeaux will defend the WBA (regular) belt.
Both boxers are ranked in the top 10 of The Ring Magazine’s bantamweight ratings, with Casimero at number two and Rigondeaux at number seven.
For Casimero, this will be his first fight since September 2020. His last fight saw him defeat Duke Micah by technical knockout in the third round.
Casimero is a confident power puncher that likes to work the body. He puts relentless pressure to soften up opponents and create openings.
He has exceptional finishing ability that is complimented by his power. He bites down on his punches to generate an extensive amount of force as he throws them.
Casimero fights with a looseness and relaxed manner that benefits his opportunities to counterpunch or parry.
His key to win the fight will be to target the body as Rigondeaux keeps his guard high. Breaking down the guard will create opportunities up top and the ability to be creative with mixing up combinations.
For Rigondeaux, it will be his first fight in 18 months. His last fight saw him capture the WBA (regular) title against Liborio Solis by split decision.
The 2-time Olympic gold medalist has a very defensive fighting style. He is patient and likes to frustrate opponents into an error.
Rigondeaux is sharp and has a high alertness to evade punches and create the right amount of distance to be in and out of range.
He is calculated with his shots, which is complemented by his high boxing IQ. The ability to understand distance and space distribution is underrated in boxing today.
His key to win is to implement a slow, methodical gameplan. Frustrating Casimero will open up the uppercuts and powerhand hooks he likes to throw.
This bout has major implications in the bantamweight division. For Casimero, a win gives him the option to either unify against unified champion Naoya Inoue or WBC Nonito Donaire. For Rigondeaux, unifying the belts is also an option but winning another world title at 40-years-old would add to his impressive résumé.
To watch Casimero vs Rigondeaux, tune in Saturday, Aug. 14 on Showtime at 10 p.m. EST.