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Casimero dethrones WBO bantam king Tete in three

Photos: Sumio Yamada

In a huge upset, former two-division world champion John Riel Casimero (29-4, 20 KOs) dethroned WBO bantamweight champion Zolani Tete (28-4, 21 KOs) on Saturday at Arena Birmingham in Birmingham, England.
Casimero Tete
3:1 favorite Tete won the first two rounds, but Casimero dropped Tete with two flush right hands to the side of the head in round three. Tete got up but was still reeling and was quickly sent back to the canvas. He beat the count again, but Casimero, who previously held the IBF light fly and IBF flyweight titles, came in for the kill and got the referee’s stoppage. Time was 2:14.

Casimero became the fourth Filipino boxer to win world titles in three weight classes.


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  • I believe Tete would have been in serious trouble if he had faced either Inoue or Donaire in the WBSS boxing series. Inoue and Donaire punch as hard as or even harder than Casimero. In addition, Inoue punches in combination and maneuvers well to get into position to throw punches. Tete was hit on the side of the head (twice, but the first fight hand was the big one) and totally lost his legs.

    A great win for Casimero, but I really don’t know where Tete goes from here. A devastating knockout loss after a long layoff after injury doesn’t bode well for his future.

  • Inoue is a thinner guy than Casimero and comes to put quick punches together, so maybe KO would have been coming to Tete against him as well. Casimero is more defensive minded, and uses his legs just enough, and stands his ground just enough, and has a strong right coming forward, and he’s patient. Casimero should get a big money fight against someone like Srisaket Sor Rungvisai down at 115 (if he wants to move up). Casimero stepped over to the side of the right foot of Tete and Tete dropped his head down into the path of a strong right hand, and that was pretty much the end of the fight right there.

  • Lol at least casuals who said that Tete was a threat to the monster in the bantamweight tournament that just ended. Tete better be glad that he got hurt outside of the ring, because he would have gotten hurt inside the ring against either Donaire or Inoue.

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