News | Nov 30 2019

John Riel Casimero stuns Zolani Tete with third-round stoppage win

John Riel Casimero is the new WBO bantamweight champion after stopping Zolani Tete inside three rounds in Birmingham, England
John Riel Casimero vs Zolani Tete
Casimero celebrates after defeating Tete Action Images/Reuters/Peter Cziborra

JOHN RIEL CASIMERO is now a three-weight world champion having stopped pre-fight favourite and WBO bantamweight champion Zolani Tete inside three rounds tonight (November 30) in Birmingham, England.

The Filipino slugger, last seen in the UK halting Charlie Edwards inside 10 rounds (in 2016), carried the WBO interim title into the ring but can upgrade that to the full title following a stunning victory over a man in Tete who was being touted as a future opponent for Naoya Inoue, winner of the recent World Boxing Super Series bantamweight tournament.

Despite an inauspicious start, which saw Casimero throw and miss plenty, he found his range in the third round, cracking Tete in close with a right hook, then following it with a second hook. The first shot discombobulated Tete, 28-4 (21), and the second forced him to the canvas.


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