For Casimero the bout sees him return to UK for the second time, following a win over Charlie Edwards back in 2016, and also gives him a great chance to become a legitimate 3 weight world champion. As for Tete the bout will be his first in over a year. The last time the South African was in the ring was back in October 2018, when he out pointed Mikhail Aloyan in a WBSS quarter final bout. A planned bout earlier this year for Tete, against Nonito Donaire, was cancelled due to a shoulder injury, that forced him out of the WBSS. That type of ring rust will not help Tete against an unorthodox and wild fighter like Casimero.
On Saturday WBO "interim" Bantamweight champion John Riel Casimero (27-4, 18) will make his first defense of his title, as he takes on Mexican challenger Cesar Ramirez (18-3, 11). The bout, from the Philippines, is being aired in the UK on Boxnation and is one of a number of big fights taking place over a stacked weekend. For gamblers this is a bout that is available, at least in the UK, to bet on.
Unsurprisingly the talented, though somewhat inconsistent, Casimero is the very clear favourite. The Filipino is available at 1/7 to win the bout, by any means, whilst Ramirez is available as high as 6/1 to win, with the draw widely available at 25/1.
Of course with odds on the champion being so low there's perhaps more interest in the "Method" of victory market, and this is where things do get a lot more noteworthy.
The Filipino is best priced at 5/4 to win by decision, or technical decision, and 12/10 to win by stoppage. On the other hand the Mexican is 9/1 to win by decision, or technical decision, and the same price for the stoppage win.
Although Casimero has a reputation for blowing hot and cold at times it's hard to see Casimero, even at his worst, losing to Ramirez here. It's not so much a "who wins?" but a "how does Casimero win?" question.
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Were just over an hour away from "Pinoy Pride 42 Clash for Glory" and the card has two really interesting match ups on it, with both of those bouts having been priced up for British Bettors.
The more significant of those bouts will see Milan Melindo (36-2, 13) defending his IBF Light Flyweight title against former WBA Minimumweight champion Hekkie Budler (31-2, 10). The defending champion is the clear favourite, but it seems like his issues at the weigh in yesterday have seen the odds close more than expected with Melindo being priced at 4/9. The champion, who won the title last time out, looked tremendous in his title win and has home advantage, which is worth noting given he has never lost in the Philippines. Budler on the other hand has been priced at 7/4, showing that whilst he is an under-dog, he is certainly seen as a live one, and there is real respect being shown to his career so far. Budler has never previously fought in Asia, and that could be an issue here for the challenger.
The other bout of note is an all Filipino clash between former 2-weight world champion John Riel Casimero (24-3, 15) and the under-rated Jonas Sultan (13-3, 9). On paper the bout looks like a straight forward win for Casimero, who is now chasing a third divisional weight title, and that seems to be the view of the bookmakers who have him best priced at 2/7. Sultan, who has impressed in recent fights with a string of notable wins, is a 3/1 under-dog and for fans who have seen Sultan's rise in recent times that could be a very attractive price.
Melindo takes on Budler in first defense, but can he come through the stiff test?
Former IBF Light Flyweight and Flyweight champion Johnriel Casimero (23-3, 15) has sadly been inactive since travelling to England last September and stopping Charlie Edwards in 10 rounds, to record his first and only defense of the Flyweight crown. Despite that inactivity Casimero has got big plans and is looking to become a 3-weight world champion in the near future, moving up to Super Flyweight to achieve the feat.
Today it was revealed, by Ryan Songalia of Rappler, that Casimero will return to the ring on June 25th, ending his 9 month break from the ring to take on former 3-time world title challenger Richie Mepranum (31-6-1, 8) with the bout to take place in Iligan City, Philippines.
For Casimero the bout will be his first as a fully fledged Super Flyweight and his and sees him fighting in the Philippines for the first time in over 3 years, following bouts in Thailand, China and the UK. Although talented he's joining a division full of wolves with the likes of Naoya Inoue, Roman Gonalez, Srisaket Sor Rungvisai, Jerwin Ancajas, Juan Francisco Estrada, David Carmona, Kal Yafai, Sho Ishida and Carlos Cuadras all stacking up the talent rich division. Whilst it's clear his intention is to become a 3-weight champion there is no easy title to snatch and he's going to have to go through a top fighter to even got a shot at a belt.
For Mepranum the bout comes on the back of stoppage loisses to Carlos Cuadras and Luis Nery and although he has fought in a number of world title bouts you actually need to go back to 2010 to find a win of real note on his record,a decision win over the then 27-0 Hernan Marquez. Since that win Mepranum has gone 9-5 (3) with 4 stoppage defeats. Although far from a gate keeper Mepranum should serve as a good first test at 115lbs for Casimero.
If Casimero beats his countryman talk will begin among fans for a bout between Casimero and countryman Ancajas, the current IBF champion, that bout does however seem unlikely with Casimero's promoter suggesting their would be a lack of money in the bout, something that is currently plaguing the Filipino fight scene, with only ALA reall having any financial fire power right now, thanks to their high profile TV deal with ABS-CBN
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