Two division world champion Guillermo Rigondeaux will take on WBO bantamweight champion John Riel Casimero on August 14th at the Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson California. It will headline a card that includes a bout for the interim WBA bantamweight title as Gary Antonio Russell faces former world champion Emmanuel Rodriguez and Rau’shee Warren battles Damien Vázquez. All three bouts will be part of a live Showtime Championship Boxing telecast starting at 10pm ET.
Rigondeaux (20-1, 13 KOs) had lots of success in the super bantamweight division, winning his first world title in 2012 and becoming a unified champion in 2013 defeating Nonito Donaire. He has also scored wins over Joseph Agbeko, Rico Ramos, and Jazza Dickens. His lone loss to Vasyl Lomachenko was at the super featherweight division in 2017, but he bounced back with three straight victories including a decision win over Liborio Solis to win a version of the WBA title. It will be his first fight in sixteen months, yet he feels that he will be ready for anything that Casimero has for him.
“This is a big fight for me and my team because we have a chance to win that WBO title,” said Rigondeaux. “Fighting on Showtime once again is going to be fun and I’m grateful for the opportunity. Although I’ve been out of the ring for well over a year, I’m still in great shape and have plans to ruin Casimero’s dreams. I know he has a lot of power, but he’s fighting a man with excellent boxing skills and a high ring IQ. I’m going to box circles around Casimero and show him what ‘El Chacal’ is all about.”
The WBO champion Casimero (30-4, 21 KOs) has been on a six fight knockout streak since his loss to Jonas Sultan in 2017. The native of Ormoc City, Leyte, Philippines will be making his second defense of the WBO title with his last defense in September against Duke Micah ending in 3rd round knockout. He has won titles in the light flyweight and flyweight divisions, scoring wins over Amnat Ruenroeng and Charlie Edwards in 2016.
“I am very excited to be back on SHOWTIME and fighting in Southern California where a lot of Filipino fans can come see me fight,” said Casimero. “I look forward to defending my title against Guillermo Rigondeaux. Rigondeaux is known to a lot of Filipino fans for beating my fellow countryman Nonito Donaire. I will show the boxing world how to beat Rigondeaux and send him into retirement once and for all.”