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John Riel Casimero expects Guillermo Rigondeaux to last only three rounds in world title defense

Casimero defends his WBO title this Saturday night on Showtime.

Guillermo Rigondeaux v John Riel Casimero - Press Conference Photo by Michael Owens/Getty Images
Wil Esco is an assistant editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2014.

With John Riel Casimero set to defend his WBO bantamweight title this weekend against Cuban legend Guillermo Rigondeaux, Casimero makes some bold claims about his expectations for the bout, sure that he’ll get the knockout over the defensive wizard and even predicting it to come in short order. Check out what Casimero had to say about his plans for Rigondeaux this weekend.


“This is a very good fight on August 14. Rigondeaux is a great fighter. But this fight is very important to me because I know my next opponent may be Nonito Donaire or Naoya Inoue. Those two opponents may be scared of me but Rigondeaux is not scared. But don’t worry Rigondeaux, this will be your last fight on August 14.

“I know how to manage my game plan against Rigondeaux but I’ll leave it as a surprise for him. Let’s see what happens Saturday. I’m not so much into the talking.

“I’ve stopped my last six opponents and Rigondeaux is next. He’s ‘finito’. If I finish Rigondeaux, then maybe Donaire or Inoue will be next.

“I’m confident I’m going to knock him out because of my training camp. I’ve been training so hard and my coach Nonoy Neri has prepared me for this moment.

“I respect Rigondeaux because he’s a good boxer and a two-time Olympian. But I want to show to the world that I can knock him out and a lot of my fans want to see me knock him out. So that’s what I’m going to do.

“I have a surprise for Rigondeaux on Saturday night. He will maybe last three rounds. Don’t run!”

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