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Donaire battles Gaballo on same day Casimero tangles with Butler

Roy Luarca

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Donaire battles Gaballo on same day Casimero tangles with Butler

TITLE BOUTS. Nonito Donaire (left) and Johnriel Casimero take on separate foes.

Donaire Instagram/Team Casimero

Four-division world champions Nonito Donaire Jr. and Johnriel Casimero are favored to win in their separate title bouts

They were supposed to clash on August 14 but it fell through.

On December 11, Nonito Donaire Jr. and Johnriel Casimero will fight separate opponents in different time zones.

Donaire will be staking the World Boxing Council bantamweight crown against fellow Filipino Reymart Gaballo in Carson City, California, while Casimero will dangle the World Boxing Organization 118-pound belt against Briton Paul Butler in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Both Donaire and Casimero are four-division world champions and are favored to win. If they do, either one could get a crack at Naoya Inoue, the World Boxing Association and International Boxing Federation joint champion who is also slated to tangle with Thai Aran Dipaen on December 14.

But if either Donaire or Casimero falls, the successful one will likely be pitted against Inoue, considered as the division’s top dog and is expected to overwhelm Dipaen (12-2, 11 knockouts).

Though Donaire has a big edge in experience, Gaballo can’t be taken for granted as he is unbeaten in 24 fights with 20 knockouts.

Also, Donaire is turning 39 years old in November while Gaballo is in his prime at 25.

Casimero is expected to overwhelm Butler, who totes a 33-2 record but is far from being a power puncher with only one knockout to show in his last seven fights.

In contrast, Casimero has stopped six straight opponents before settling for a split decision win over the back-pedaling Guillermo Rigondeaux on August 14. –

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