Filipino boxers

Casimero sees ‘easy fight’ vs Rigondeaux, predicts KO victory

Roy Luarca

BACK AT WORK. Johnriel Casimero returns to training months after stopping erstwhile unbeaten Duke Micah.

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Brimming with confidence, Johnriel Casimero thinks two-division world champion Guillermo Rigondeaux won't last 6 rounds against him

Johnriel Casimero believes Guillermo Rigondeaux will go down and out when they tangle on August 14 in the United States.

Refuting predictions of a tough bout, Casimero regards his bantamweight unification with Rigondeaux as an “easy fight,” insisting the two-division world champion won’t last 6 rounds.

Brimming with confidence, Casimero, a three-division world champion and current World Boxing Organization titlist, made the bold assertions on Powcast Sports, upon his arrival in Manila from Ormoc.

“Rigo is an easy fight,” Casimero said in Filipino. “He’ll get knocked out (within) 6 rounds.”

When that happens though, Casimero believes it will make the Japanese “Monster” Naoya Inoue fear him even more.

Last Monday, Casimero went to the Glenford Fitness Boxing Gym in Taguig for his first gym training and sparring since stopping erstwhile unscathed Duke Micah on September 26, 2020.

Casimero returned to the gym on Wednesday to display his vaunted power punches during mitts sessions.

Of course, Casimero knows Rigondeaux won’t be easy to hit especially if the Cuban-born two-time Olympic (Sydney and Athens), two-time World Amateur, and two-division world champion decides not to mix it up and fight from a distance.

Rigondeaux showed his technical skills when he beat four-division world champion Nonito Donaire in 2013.

In 2017, however, Rigondeaux was forced to quit after 6 rounds against fellow two-time Olympic and two-time World Amateur champion Vasyl Lomachenko.

Rigondeaux rebounded by winning his next 3 fights, including a split decision over Liborio Solis on February 8, 2020, for the World Boxing Association crown.

Casimero recognizes Rigondeaux’s accomplishments but thinks the 40-year-old southpaw is ripe for retirement.

And Casimero intends to do that by knocking Rigondeaux out. –