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Casimero camp wants to ‘shut Donaire up,’ promoter eyes November bout

Roy Luarca

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Casimero camp wants to ‘shut Donaire up,’ promoter eyes November bout

SUCCESSFUL DEFENSE. Johnriel Casimero retains his WBO bantamweight belt.

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MP Promotions president Sean Gibbons sees Nonito Donaire Jr. as an ideal rival for Johnriel Casimero, who recently defended his WBO title against Guillermo Rigondeaux

Johnriel Casimero’s pecking order for his next opponent remains.

After hurdling the lukewarm challenge of Guillermo Rigondeaux in a stinker of a bout on Saturday, August 14 (Sunday, August 15, Manila time), Casimero reiterated his challenge for Nonito Donaire Jr. and Naoya Inoue to fight him.

“Rigondeaux finished, Donaire next, then Inoue,” said Casimero after beating the decorated Cuban by split decision for his World Boxing Organization bantamweight crown at the Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, California.

Casimero saw his six-fight knockout streak broken as Rigondeaux opted to run rather than engage throughout the lackluster 12-rounder that set a record in futility.

With both fighters hardly throwing punches, Casimero landed just 47 shots and Rigondeaux had 44 as they combined for the lowest total (91) of punches landed in CompuBox’s 36 years of monitoring boxing action.

MP (Manny Pacquiao) Promotions president Sean Gibbons did not hide his displeasure with the way Rigondeaux fought, calling it “embarrassing.”

Gibbons would not allow such an eyesore to happen again and he is convinced Donaire fits the bill as an ideal rival for Casimero. (READ: Casimero calls out Inoue, Donaire: ‘All scared’)

After all, Donaire was supposed to be Casimero’s opponent on Saturday until the four-division world champion pulled out allegedly because Casimero insulted his wife and did not want to be subjected to Voluntary Anti-Doping Association testing.

“We want to shut Donaire up and all his fans,” Gibbons said.

As it turned out, a rematch between Donaire and Inoue, who beat him by unanimous decision in Japan in 2019, is being hatched in 2021.

According to Gibbons, he wants Casimero to fight either in November or December.

Other than Casimero, Gibbons also wants to reward Jonas Sultan with a big fight on the same target dates.

Sultan, a former world title challenger, knocked Sharone Carter out in the seventh round in the undercard of Casimero-Rigondeaux. –

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