John Riel Casimero was surprised with the attitude and style of Guillermo Rigondeaux, after he defeated him by split decision and criticized him for running throughout the contest.
“I know he always runs, but I was surprised that he did for the entire fight,” he said. Casimero at a press conference. “I did what I could to try to knock him out.”
The Asian confessed that it was very difficult for him to attack Rigondeux, because the Cuban constantly fled from contact and never stopped to exchange blows.
“It is very difficult to knock him out because he is always running around the ring and avoids close confrontations,” said the Filipino. “I respect the judges, I understand that it was so by decision. But I really tried to knock him out. “
The fight ended with a split decision in favor of Casimero that triumphed on the judges’ cards Robert hoyle (117-111) and Daniel sandoval
(116-112) to retain his cock belt from the OMB.
The only one of the three judges who did not see the Filipino win was Tim Cheatham, who gave his card to Rigondeaux by 115-113.
John Riel He has now been four years without defeat and has established himself as one of the strong cards of the division.
Casimero He also outlined the order of boxers he wants to face to become the unified 118-pound champion.
“My goal was to finish off first with Rigondeaux, then go for (Nonito) Donaire and then by (Naoya) Inoue”, He pointed. “I am always looking for Naoya inouebut he’s always avoiding me like Grace. If they sign the contract, let’s do it, I don’t know why they are always running away from me ”.
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