Guillermo Rigondeaux vs. John Riel Casimero Virtual Press
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
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
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.
JOHN RIEL CASIMERO
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
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