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John Riel Casimero proves the appeal of fighting Naoya Inoue

A classy finish John Riel Casimero. Andy Whittle rounds up the Birmingham bill
John Riel Casimero
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Birmingham • November 30

HE had landed precious little of any real note in two fairly quiet opening rounds, and was exhorted by his corner prior to the commencement of the third to jab. Then John Riel Casimero of the Philippines, in against popular South African Zolani Tete, duly upped the pace and twice floored the much taller WBO bantamweight champion to pull off a stunning win at Arena Birmingham.

Enjoying a string of recent inside the distance victories and in against the southpaw champion who hadn’t boxed in over a year, the challenger and interim champion made the breakthrough midway through the third session. A pair of short, sharp rights, the first to the temple and second to the side of the head, sent Tete sprawling in centre ring.

Allowed to continue on rising but still seemingly feeling the effects, Tete was down and counted again 20 seconds later, having copped one to the top of the head. It was all over with 46 seconds of the round remaining when one further left upstairs brought the intervention of referee Steve Gray.


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