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The bout streamed live on ESPN+ in the United States and aired live on BT Sport locally in the U.K. Jake Donovan is a senior writer for What’s more important than that is it puts him in position to face IBF/WBA bantamweight champion Naoya ‘Monster’ Inoue in a unification fight in 2020 That’s a fight that’ll make Casimero a lot of money.

Tete took advantage of his opponent’s inactivity, working behind his jab which didn’t always land but was effective in controlling the slow pace of the fight. Privacy.

Privacy Statement l Cookies Policy l Boxing Resources l Back To Top l Contact Us. Saturday’s win wasn’t the end game, however. Tete—a 5’9” bantamweight from South Africa—was looking to make the sixth defense of the bantamweight title he claimed in a 7th round knockout of Jose Santos Gonzalez in their March 2016 clash in Liverpool, England. Zolani Tete 116.25 vs. John Riel Casimero 117.25 (WBO bantamweight title) Lerrone Richards 167 vs. Lennox Clarke 167.3 Sam Maxwell 139 vs. Connor Parker 139 Hamzah Sheeraz 153.2 vs. Ryan Kelly 153.2 Sam Bowen 129.4 vs. Anthony Cacace 129. Tete, 31, was in bad shape, and he was unable to defend himself.

After a relatively slow and tactical beginning to this fight, which was controlled by the long and angular southpaw from South Africa, Casimero (29-4, 20 KOs) turned things around dramatically with a short right hand that caught Tete (28-4, 21 KOs) on the temple.

With the victory, there is now a clamoring for the Filipino to face Naoya Inoue, who currently holds the WBA and IBF versions of the bantamweight titles. ". 3 Losses, 1 by KO

Ouch! This is an embarrassing defeat for Tete, who was completely obliterated. While many will consider Casimero to be the prohibitive underdog versus Inoue, Sean Gibbons, a representative of Manny Pacquiao Promotions, which handles Casimero, stated: "The style's made for this guy.


Zolani Tete (Last Born) is a professional boxer from South Africa.

He was sent down again, more so from remaining disorientated than from any clean punches from Casimero. John Riel Casimero captured the third world title of his career as he stopped the favored Zolani Tete in three rounds in Birmingham, England, to win the WBO bantamweight championship. About J.Casimero. 28 Wins, 21 by KO “The champ has won in seven different countries; the only one where he hasn’t won is Japan,” Sean Gibbons, president of MP (Manny Pacquiao) Promotions noted afterward. John Riel Casimero gegen Zolani Tete - wer wird gewinnen?

Casimero then took advantage of Tete not keeping his eye on him, and nailed him with a shot to the head that sent him down on all fours on the canvas.

A fluke fight week injury forced Tete off of the show and out of the tournament, leaving him on the sidelines until he was fully healed, at which point he was ordered to defend against Casimero as his mandatory challenger. 31.

The way Tete looked, it was obvious that he wasn’t going to be able to last.