Three-weight world champion John Riel Casimero has stopped six of his final seven opponents, however Paul Butler has stated he isn’t going through the subsequent Manny Pacquiao on Saturday.
WBO world bantamweight champion Casimero (31-4, 21 KOs) is from the Philippines like ring legend Pacquiao, who introduced his retirement earlier this 12 months after successful world titles in a report eight weight courses.
Pacquiao’s promotional firm has even just lately promoted Casimero, who’s ranked No. 3 at 118 kilos by ESPN after he grew to become a three-division world champion when he knocked out Zolani Tete in three rounds in November, 2019.
However the 32-year-old, from Ormoc Metropolis, was concerned in a snoozer of a second title defence towards a 40-year-old Cuban Guillermo Rigondeaux in his final bout in August. Casimero gained by break up resolution towards former champion Rigondeaux, now 41, and Butler is way from feeling overawed by the duty in entrance of him on the Coca-Cola Area in Dubai.
“I would not go so far as saying Casimero is the subsequent Manny Pacquiao or something, however he hits onerous and I do know I am up towards it, I’ve acquired to be at my finest to beat him,” Butler advised ESPN.
“He is a world champion so he is a superb child, however I imagine the whole lot has gone proper for me in coaching and if I get the sport plan proper on the evening, I can do it.
“I’ve recognized about this combat for some time and I’ve had an ideal coaching camp. I signed with MTK and if I hadn’t I won’t have been boxing till now. I acquired 10 rounds underneath my belt in June and that was actually vital.
“I am not going to learn an excessive amount of into the Rigo combat… Rigo pissed off him at occasions by most likely not doing something.”
Butler (33-2, 15 KOs), 33, from Merseyside, England, has battled again to title rivalry after he missed the load — and so forfeited the possibility to problem for the world title — when he confronted Emmanuel Rodriguez for the vacant IBF belt in Could 2018. Butler was floored twice within the first spherical and went on to lose extensively on factors.
“Rodriguez was a troublesome one to take, I had 4 weeks’ discover for that combat, which nobody actually is aware of about, as a result of the promoter could not put it on every other invoice,” Butler stated.
“I had the carrot of presumably boxing within the World Boxing Tremendous Sequence, so I needed to take almost two stone off in 4 weeks to make the Rodriguez combat. I failed weight within the week of the combat after which I had a very dangerous first spherical, and I used to be simply chasing the combat after that. I used to be advised the winner of the combat towards Rodriguez would go into the World Boxing Tremendous Sequence, so we needed to take it actually.
“However this combat has been completely different, my preparation has been spot on.”
Casimero would have most popular to be going through WBC champion Nonito Donaire (41-6, 27 KOs), 39, who was born in Philippines however moved to California aged 11, and WBA-IBF king Naoya Inoue (21-0, 18 KOs). Donaire faces Filipino Reymart Gaballo in Carson, California, additionally on Saturday whereas Inoue — the division’s No. 1 and in addition No 3 in ESPN’s pound-for-pound rankings — defends his belts towards Thailand’s Aran Dipaen in his house nation of Japan Tuesday.
Whereas Casimero is likely to be feeling underwhelmed by the event, Butler says capturing one other world title would beat his achievement in 2014 when he gained the IBF world bantamweight title, which he then relinquished with out making a defence.
“It’s going to imply extra to me this time if I win due to the onerous work I’ve needed to put in and setbacks I’ve gone via like Rodriguez, which did my head in as a result of I felt acquired shafted,” Butler stated.
“That is the time I can put all of that to mattress.
“Again then, once I gained the world title [against Stuey Hall in 2014] and fought Zolani Tete [Butler lost in the eighth round for the world junior bantamweight title in 2015], I wasted quite a lot of photographs. I did not have the boxing mind I’ve now, that I’ve acquired since working with [trainer] Joe Gallagher.
“I am a coach now myself with newbie boxers and that has helped me with finding out a fighter extra and understanding the sport a bit higher. Wanting again, quite a lot of photographs I threw realistically did not all the time harm. Now I am a extra educated fighter.”