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  Guillermo Rigondeaux vs. John Riel Casimero Virtual Press Conference Quotes

Two-division world champion Guillermo Rigondeaux and WBO Bantamweight World Champion John Riel Casimero previewed their upcoming championship showdown during a virtual press conference on Wednesday before they step into the ring on Saturday, August 14 live on SHOWTIME headlining a Premier Boxing Champions event from Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, Calif.

The event is promoted by TGB Promotions. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased at AXS.com.

The SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING telecast will begin at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT and will see Cubaís two-time Olympic gold medalist Rigondeaux, who has earned pound-for-pound recognition at various points in his career, return to action against the Philippinesí Casimero, a three-division world champion looking for a career-best victory in his second 118-pound title defense.

Here is what the fighters had to say Wednesday:


ďWe are in the home stretch of training and everything has been going great. Weíre fully focused on and excited about this fight coming up on August 14.

ďItís about patience before everything. Thatís how I live. Whoever is standing across the ring from me on fight night, I will be ready for him regardless.

ďIíve always been at the world championship level and everyone knows that. At this point, Iím just waiting for August 14 to again show what Iím capable of and take care of business.

ďIím not worried about Casimeroís power or anything he brings. Iíve fought in three divisions and Iíve gone after the biggest challenges every time. Iím just not worried about what Casimero will do in the ring.

ďItís simple to me. Casimero is going to do his job and Iím going to do mine. Weíll both bring our ĎA-gamesí and see who comes out on top on August 14.

ďIím not a big trash-talker. Itís not about what heís going to say beforehand. Iíll see him in the ring on August 14 and heíll get the real Rigondeaux just like he wants. Until then, Iím just focusing on my job.

ďHe says heís going to retire me, so itís on now. Weíll see if heís able to back up that talk on August 14.

ďHeís going to feel my power. Everyone is talking about his power and I feel like my power is being underestimated. I canít wait to get in the ring on August 14 and show everyone what Iím capable of.

ďI can guarantee that everyone is going to see the best of me on August 14. I perform best under the bright lights and thatís what Iím bringing to this fight.

ďCasimero is a good opponent. Every opponent that I face believes that they can beat me, but the pressure is on them to back that up. I can only control what I bring and I know Iím going to be ready.

ďI moved down to bantamweight because nobody wanted to fight me at 122-pounds. Iím the best fighter at that weight and everyone knows it. But no one wanted to fight me, so it just made sense to go down to bantamweight.


ďIím so ready for this fight on August 14. Training camp has gone so well and Iím just ready to rumble.

ďNonito Donaire didnít want to fight me but thatís okay. Donaire is easy for me. Now, I have Rigondeaux and I know heís very experienced. Heís a two-division world champion and a two-time Olympic Gold Medalist. This will be a great fight.

ďRigondeaux has a much different style from Donaire. Iím actually much more excited to fight Rigondeaux because Donaire is scared of me. I donít think Rigondeaux is scared. If heís not scared, he better fight me and not run.

ďI want this to be a fight. The fans want this to be a fight. I hope Rigondeaux doesnít run. If he does, this will be a boring fight. His old fights are no good. All he does is run, run, run. I want the Rigondeaux that doesnít run, the one that boxes and fights.

ďI believe that my work rate will overwhelm Rigondeaux. We put together a nice strategy with my trainer for Rigondeaux. Weíve watched a lot of tape on him. We just hope that the Rigondeaux that fought Nonito Donaire on a bicycle doesnít show up. We want to see the one weíve seen recently that comes to fight. I want to excite the people at the Dignity Health Sports Park. Itís a very special place to me because thatís where I won the WBO title. It will be another great fight if Rigondeaux comes to fight.

ďWhen I beat Rigondeaux on August 14, heís going to retire. Heís finished. Finito!

ďWe donít underestimate anybody. I know that heís a great fighter, a two-division champion and two-time Olympic Gold Medalist. I want to do my best. I prepare very well for every fight. I just hope Rigondeaux leaves his bicycle at home and brings his boxing shoes and comes to fight. I know heís preparing for this fight with hard work too.

ďThe change in opponent doesnít bother me at all. It went back-and-forth between Rigondeaux and Donaire. I donít care who they put in the ring in front of me. Iím ready and prepared for Rigondeaux.

ďRigondeaux thinks that Donaire is a better fighter than me, so Iím going to change his opinion on August 14.

ďI need to win this fight so that I can keep moving along and get the next two big fights against Donaire and Naoya Inoue. But maybe those two are scared of me and donít want to fight me.

ďManny Pacquiao is my idol. Heís a big inspiration. Being together and being able to train and run alongside him and watch what he does is inspiring. Everything about him is amazing. His power, what he does inside the ring and what he does outside of boxing as a Senator and what he does to help people are all inspiring and impressive.

ďIím very excited to be fighting back at the place where I won my world title. I have great memories there. Thereís nothing better than going back to where you won your title. I think Rigondeaux has realized at this age he needs to engage a little more. I think this building brings out great fights. Thereís something about the venue, so I think that Rigondeaux will stand and fight me and give the fans at the ĎWar Groundsí what they want to see.Ē


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