Casimero battles Tete in UK today

JOHNREIL Casimero hopes to become the sole owner of the World Boxing Organization (WBO) bantamweight belt as he faces regular champion Zolani Tete on Nov. 30, 2019 (PHL time) at the Aren Birmingham in Birmingham, England.

Casimero, the interim champion, has dreamed of this fight with Tete. But he won’t be done yet after Tete, as he wants to clear out the tough bantamweight division.

“I want to beat all of them,” the 30-year-old Casimero told SunStar Cebu in an earlier interview.

After an upset loss to Jonas Sultan in 2017, Casimero has been very impressive, knocking out his next four opponents that included Ricardo Franco, who he beat for the interim belt, and Cesar Ramirez in his first title defense.

The 31-year-old Tete also has been very impressive. He won the interim belt with a unanimous decision over Arthur Villanueva in 2017. He was elevated as regular champion and beat Siboniso Gonya, Omar Narvaez and Mikhail Aloyan in his three title defenses.

He was supposed to face Filipino star Nonito Donaire Jr. in the semifinals of the World Boxing Super Series (WBSS) but was forced to pull out due to an injury. He has been sidelined for well over a year.

Casimero tipped the scales at 117.25 pounds, while Tete weighed in a pound lighter at 116.25 pounds.

Casimero is 28-4 with 19 knockouts, while Tete is 28-3 with 21 knockouts.

The winner of this fight is expected to get a shot at International Boxing Federation (IBF) and World Boxing Association (WBA) bantamweight king Naoya Inoue.

Inoue, the WBSS bantamweight tournament champion, is coming off a unanimous decision win over Donaire Jr.

The other bantamweight champion is Nordine Oubaali, who currently holds the World Boxing Council belt. (EKA)