The older man saved shifting.
To his left, again alongside the ropes, circling to his proper. Guillermo Rigondeaux, even on the age of 40, shuffled across the ring an infuriating period of time as John Riel Casimero regarded for any punch that may contact the previous champion. It was classic Rigondeaux.
On Saturday evening in Carson, Calif., the Cuban veteran engaged on his personal phrases. He punched when he needed. However Rigondeaux definitely did not win over these within the crowd on the Dignity Well being Sports activities Park. And extra importantly, he did not earn the favor of the judges.
Casimero retained his WBO bantamweight belt in a split-decision win, 116-112, 113-115, 117-111. The one who pressed the motion was in the end rewarded.
“I am centered on [the] knockout, however Rigondeaux all the time runs,” Casimero mentioned in his post-fight interview on Showtime. “Rigondeaux simply all the time run. No combating.”
It was a traditionally boring struggle. The 91 mixed landed punches was the bottom for a 12-round bout in CompuBox historical past. Neither fighter landed greater than seven punches in a spherical.
From the outset, it had the trimmings of an unpleasant struggle. Casimero (31-4, 21 KOs) was warned within the first spherical after he hit Rigondeaux (20-2, 13 KOs) at the back of the top after which whereas he was on the canvas recovering from a slip.
Rigondeaux had some success with a few straight left arms within the second spherical. By the third spherical, the gang had seen sufficient. Boos began to growth all through the world as Rigondeaux continued to circle across the ring. Casimero, 32, even stood within the center at numerous moments asking the Cuban Olympic champion to interact.
Rigondeaux was content material to slide to his proper as Casimero flailed away with left hooks that punched by means of the air. After such an prevalence within the seventh spherical, Rigondeaux grinned, shook his head up and down and kicked up his heels, a matador joyful along with his misdirection. In his thoughts, the technique was working. He thought his 44 punches have been sufficient to indicate his mastery over Casimero, who landed simply 15.8% of his 297 punches and linked on a mere six of 130 jabs.
“That is the required quantity of punches that I wanted to win this struggle,” Rigondeaux mentioned. However the fears of Rigondeaux’s coach, Ronnie Shields, turned out to be appropriate. It wasn’t sufficient motion to win rounds. The Cuban legend suffered simply his second profession loss, with the opposite a stunning stoppage loss to Vasiliy Lomachenko in December 2017.
Casimero has his sights set on the opposite champions within the division — fellow countryman Nonito Donaire, who initially agreed to struggle Casimero earlier than he pulled out and was changed by Rigondeaux, and Japanese star Naoya Inoue, who Casimero issued the center finger on the finish of his post-fight interview.
As for Rigondeaux, the longer term is rather more unsure, particularly after a irritating efficiency for nearly everybody concerned apart from him. However the way in which he fought on Saturday evening was how he defected from Cuba, received two Olympic gold medals and have become a champion — even when folks cannot stand to look at.
“It is my model,” Rigondeaux mentioned. “It is the one one which I do know.”