“Guillermo Rigondeaux is likely one of the most expert fighters in all of boxing and he’ll search so as to add to his resume in opposition to the thrilling three-division champion and reigning 118-pound titlist John Riel Casimero,” stated Tom Brown, President of TGB Promotions. “These are two fighters who’ve completed rather a lot within the sport, however every can elevate themselves to new heights with a victory on August 14. Within the co-main occasion, Antonio Russell seems to announce himself as the following Russell brother in line for a world title, in opposition to the sturdiest take a look at of his profession in Emmanuel Rodríguez. Opening up the evening of bantamweight duels, Rau’shee Warren can step nearer to regaining a bantamweight championship when he faces Damien Vázquez. These three fights can have enormous implications on the way forward for the bantamweight division, which all the time gives nice motion for the followers.”
A longtime champion of the 122-pound division, Rigondeaux (20-1, 13 KOs) moved down in weight and captured a WBA bantamweight title in opposition to Liborio Solis in February 2020 on SHOWTIME. Since turning skilled in 2009 after among the finest novice careers in historical past, Rigondeaux has showcased masterful technical expertise that made him a unified tremendous bantamweight world champion and perennial member of the pound-for-pound checklist. A two-time Olympic gold medalist for his native Cuba, Rigondeaux made his identify with victories over the likes of Nonito Donaire, Rico Ramos and Joseph Agbeko.
“This can be a massive combat for me and my staff as a result of we have now an opportunity to win that WBO title,” stated Rigondeaux. “Combating on SHOWTIME as soon as once more goes to be enjoyable and I’m grateful for the chance. Though I’ve been out of the ring for nicely over a yr, I’m nonetheless in nice form and have plans to destroy Casimero’s goals. I do know he has numerous energy, however he’s preventing a person with wonderful boxing expertise and a excessive ring IQ. I’m going to field circles round Casimero and present him what ‘El Chacal’ is all about. My coach Ronnie Shields, and I’ve been engaged on some new tips, so don’t be shocked if I knock him out.”
The 32-year-old Casimero (30-4, 21 KOs) of Ormoc Metropolis, Leyte, Philippines will make his second title protection on this August 14 matchup, having efficiently defended it for the primary time by knocking out Duke Micah in September 2020. Casimero trains in Las Vegas and initially received the title with a formidable third-round stoppage of Zolani Tete in November 2019. The three-division champion had beforehand captured titles at flyweight and lightweight flyweight in a profession that dates again to 2007. This might be his third profession combat within the U.S. and his second to happen at Dignity Well being Sports activities Park.
“I’m very excited to be again on SHOWTIME and preventing in Southern California the place numerous Filipino followers can come see me combat,” stated Casimero. “I sit up for defending my title in opposition to Guillermo Rigondeaux. Rigondeaux is thought to numerous Filipino followers for beating my fellow countryman Nonito Donaire . I’ll present the boxing world tips on how to beat Rigondeaux and ship him into retirement as soon as and for all.”
The center brother between WBC Featherweight Champion Gary Jr. and 2016 U.S. Olympian Gary Antuanne, Antonio Russell (18-0, 12 KOs) introduced his arrival amongst the bantamweight division contenders with a technical choice over former world champion Juan Carlos Payano in December 2020 on SHOWTIME. The 28-year-old from Capitol Heights, Md. turned professional in 2015 after a formidable novice profession. After 4 wins in 2019, Russell kicked off 2020 defeating Jesus Martinez in February.
“I’m very excited for this combat on August 14 on SHOWTIME,” stated Russell. “I’ve put within the work and I’m all the time able to combat, irrespective of when the decision comes. I’m so centered proper now. Rodriguez is the one factor on my thoughts and I’m able to placed on a present.”
The 28-year-old Rodríguez (19-2, 12 KOs) returns to motion after dropping a controversial split-decision to Reymart Gaballo final December on SHOWTIME. Combating out of Manati, Puerto Rico, Rodríguez received the IBF Bantamweight World Title with a unanimous choice victory over Paul Butler in 2018 and efficiently defended it in opposition to then-unbeaten Jason Moloney. Rodríguez went on to lose the title to unbeaten champion Naoya Inoue of their Could 2019 title bout.
“I can’t wait to get again within the ring for this combat,” stated Rodríguez. “Everybody is aware of what occurred in my final combat in opposition to Gaballo. This time, I’m not leaving it as much as the judges. I’m going for the knockout and an announcement victory.”
Warren (18-3, 4 KOs) bounced again from an in depth choice loss in a world title combat in opposition to then unbeaten former champion Nordine Oubaali in January 2019 by incomes choices over Gilberto Mendoza and Sharone Carter. A southpaw from Cincinnati, Ohio, Warren received the WBA Bantamweight World Championship with a majority choice over Juan Carlos Payano in 2016 and misplaced the title the following yr to Zhanat Zhakiyanov by split-decision. The 34-year-old turned the primary three-time Olympic boxer from the U.S. when he certified for consecutive Olympic groups in 2004, 2008 and 2012.
“Vázquez shouldn’t be the kind of fighter that may compete with me,” stated Warren. “After they despatched me the identify, I checked out certainly one of his fights and 10 seconds was all I wanted to see. I actually need to face Rigondeaux, however I’m going to deal with this and I’m going to attend till I get who I need to get. I’ve been sparring with numerous high amateurs and that’s been protecting me sharp. They throw punches in bunches and so they’re protecting me on my toes heading into August 14.”
The 24-year-old southpaw Vázquez (15-2-1, 7 KOs) was born in Thornton, Col. and now fights out of Las Vegas. The youthful brother of former two-time champion Israel Vázquez, he most just lately misplaced to tremendous bantamweight champion Brandon Figueroa final September after having beforehand scored a stoppage win over Alejandro Moreno in February of 2020. Vázquez turned professional in 2013 and reeled off 14 consecutive wins to start his profession within the paid ranks.
“This can be a nice alternative for me,” stated Vázquez. “I turned professional at sixteen-years-old, so I took a a lot wanted break after the Brandon Figueroa combat. Now I’m again and extra prepared than ever. I’m again preventing at bantamweight and that’s for certain the very best weight for me going ahead. I’m prepared to point out the world what I’m able to. That is going to be a struggle. Warren is a world class fighter, but when he thinks that is a straightforward combat, then he’s completely mistaken and I’ll show it on August 14.”
Roberto Villa is the CEO, Government Author, Senior Editor of FightBook MMA. Has a ardour for Fight Sports activities and in addition a podcast host for Sitting Ringside. He’s additionally a former MMA fighter and Kickboxer.
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