- John Riel Casimero kept his WBO bantamweight belt against Guillermo Rigondeaux
- He defeated Rigondeaux with a split decision win at the Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, California
- Casimero criticized Rigondeaux for running away for much of the bout
- The Filipino champion improved his record to 31-4 and 21 KOs while Rigondeaux now has 20 wins, 2 losses, and 13 KOs
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John Riel Casimero was able to retain his WBO bantamweight title against Cuban boxing legend Guillermo Rigondeaux during their championship match at the Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, California.
The Filipino boxer defeated Rigondeaux with a split decision win. Two judges scored the bout 116-112 and 117-111 respectively for Casimero and one judge scored it 115-113 for the Cuban fighter.
After winning the fight, Casimero criticized Rigondeaux for running away for much of the bout.
Casimero improved his record to 31-4 and 21 KOs while Rigondeaux now has 20 wins, 2 losses, and 13 KOs. One of Rigondeaux’s biggest wins was against the Filipino Flash, Nonito Donaire.
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PBC uploaded a highlights compilation of John Riel Casimero and Guillermo Rigondeaux's fight:
Johnriel Casimero is a Filipino professional boxer born in Ormoc, Leyte. He is the reigning WBO Bantamweight Champion and previously held titles in the flyweight and junior flyweight divisions. Aside from his aggressive boxing style, Casimero is known for trash-talking his opponents.
Another Filipino who is making the country proud in the sport of boxing is none other than Senator Manny Pacquiao. He defeated top welterweight champion Keith Thurman in 2019 to capture the WBA crown. Pacquiao is set to face Cuban champion Yordenis Ugas this weekend.
Nonito Donaire also made waves in the boxing scene when he and Naoya Inoue won The Ring 2019 Fight of the Year award for their epic match in Japan. Although Donaire lost, many fans praised the aging Pinoy fighter for putting up a great and gutsy effort against one of the best boxers in the world. Donaire and Casimero were supposed to fight but it was canceled after the latter supposedly went below the belt during their trash talk.