After recently signing a number of noteworthy talents like Eimantas Stanionis and Badou Jack, Richard Schaefer’s new Probellum promotion has won its first purse bid. Their uncontested $105,000 bid has given them control of John Riel Casimero’s mandatory WBO bantamweight title defense against Paul Butler.
Purse Bid Bantamweight Casimero/Butler— WBO (@WorldBoxingOrg) October 7, 2021
Fight to be held Dec. 11, 2021 @ Dubai, UAE or Liverpool, U.K.
Left to right WBO Counsel Gustavo Olivieri, Esq., Probellum Authorized Representative Peter Rivera & WBO President Paco Valcárcel, Esq. pic.twitter.com/JZrhfu4qXw
In case the Tweet doesn’t show up for you, the fight will be held December 11th in either Dubai or Liverpool.
Butler (33-2, 15 KO) enters his first title fight since 2018, when he missed weight ahead of a one-sided loss to Emmanuel Rodriguez. He’s in the midst of a seven-fight winning streak, most recently turning aside a late surge from Willibaldo Garcia in a final eliminator this past June.
Casimero (31-4, 21 KO) has also won seven straight since his last defeat, a 2017 decision against Jonas Sultan. The first six came by knockout, including a brutal upset of Zolani Tete for the belt, but he had to settle for a deeply unpleasant split decision against Guillermo Rigondeaux.
It’s not a particularly compelling fight, but at least it keeps “Quadro Alas” busy while Naoya Inoue and Nonito Donaire sort their situations out.