John Riel Casimero fails to spark Guillermo Rigondeaux into life however does handle to safe a call victory on a wierd night time in Carson
So far as mid-tier combat venues in America go, few are as beloved as Southern California’s Dignity Well being Sports activities Park, as soon as often known as the StubHub Middle (and earlier than then, because the Residence Depot Middle). Affectionally deemed “The Battle Grounds” by the game’s hardcore cognoscenti, the plein-air enviornment has turn into a byword for the type of pugilism that generates gasps, standing ovations, and raucous hosannas — the sort, in brief, that produces lasting recollections. Who might overlook the 2 duels that occurred there between Israel Vasquez and Rafael Marquez within the late aughts? Or the hair-bristling violence Timothy Bradley and Ruslan Provodnikov dedicated on one another in 2013? Or, extra lately, Nonito Donaire’s swift, age-defying destruction of Nordine Oubaali earlier this spring?
So it was that many had been holding out hope that the bantamweight contest between Filipino titleholder John Riel Casimero and Cuban whiz Guillermo Rigondeaux may profit from such affiliation, that one way or the other this matchup, the most recent to materialize on the hallowed amphitheater, might produce a scrap on par with among the nice barnburners of the previous. However, alas, there isn’t a sport fairly like boxing that abuses and preys on the optimism of its followers.
For 12 listless rounds that will have tried the persistence of a veteran Carthusian monk, Casimero and Rigondeaux placed on a stinker of a essential occasion that generated as a lot motion as a site visitors jam on the 405 interstate freeway. Few punches had been thrown and even fewer landed. Certainly, based on CompuBox statistics, the pair set the file for fewest whole related punches in a 12-round contest with 91. Suffice to say, nobody will ever bear in mind Casimero-Rigondeaux. You’re prone to have a much more revelatory expertise watching Andy Warhol’s eight-hour 1964 movie of the Empire State Constructing captured in a single stationary shot.
Whereas neither fighter had a lot of a case for profitable, the scorecards ended up favoring the presumed aggressor. Judges Robert Hoyle (117-111) and Daniel Sandoval (116-112) each had it for the Filipino, whereas Tim Cheatham (115-113) gave the nod to the Cuban southpaw.
The blame reduce each methods. The hard-hitting Casimero typically regarded amateurish, particularly because it pertained to slicing off the ring of which he was clueless; at occasions it appeared as if Casimero was tethered to Rigondeaux, just like the string on a kite. As for Rigondeaux, in backpedalling the complete combat, he holstered his offense to a larger diploma than common, which is saying one thing. In fact, of the 2, solely Rigondeaux is perhaps mentioned to have contempt on the thought of willingly catering to the followers.
It was all downhill from the opening spherical. Halfway by means of, Casimero landed an unlawful blow on the again of Rigondeaux’s head, inflicting the Cuban to momentarily contact the canvas. As referee Jerry Cantu came to visit to point that it was not an official knockdown, Casimero reeled off a couple of extra illegals punches on his still-kneeled foe. As it could end up, that was in all probability essentially the most fascinating scuffle to happen that night time.
After shaking off the susceptible begin, Rigondeaux rebounded within the second spherical by connecting on a number of stiff counter straight lefts, by far the very best punch in his in any other case restricted arsenal. However Rigondeaux’s offensive spurt rapidly fizzled, and shortly he was again to his regressive, noncommittal habits. It solely took till the tip of the third spherical for the gang to start out booing.
“I’m shocked,” Casimero mentioned postfight. “He was operating at all times. No punching.”
Casimero’s handler Sean Gibbons was much less diplomatic and had even referred to as for the native fee to carry up Rigondeaux’s purse.
“In my 35 years of boxing that was essentially the most embarrassing combat I had ever seen,” Gibbons mentioned. “It didn’t occur due to [Casimero]. It occurred due to Guillermo Rigondeaux. I don’t even understand how the man can stroll round and say he was in a combat. It was horrible. I used to be speechless once I heard ‘break up choice.’ I nearly fell out of the frickin’ ring.”
Bantamweight Emmanuel Rodriguez could have to pour a couple of libations for the boxing gods, contemplating all of the unhealthy luck he has had in his previous few fights.
On the undercard (TGB Promotions), Rodriguez needed to accept a No Contest after a conflict of heads with Washington D.C.’s Gary Antonio Russell left Rodriguez reeling on the canvas, his nostril bloodied from the blow. Referee Sharon Sands, seeing that Rodriguez was incapacitated, waved the bout off 16 seconds into the opening spherical (set for 12).
This was the most recent setback for the Puerto Rican contender. Rodriguez suffered a controversial choice by the hands of Reymart Gaballo of the Philippines final yr, in a combat many believed he had deserved to win. In 2019, he was brutally stopped by the deadly Japanese champion Naoya Inoue.
Cincinnati bantamweight Rau’shee Warren confirmed uncharacteristic vim in stopping Damien Vazquez of Las Vegas in a pair of rounds (set for 10).
Warren, a three-time Olympian, shouldn’t be recognized for his energy, however he made it some extent to show it on this combat, dropping Vazquez twice within the opening spherical, each occasions with the proper hook. Within the second spherical, Warren blended it up a bit, slipping the jab, earlier than connecting on a textbook-worthy counter left hand straight down the center. Vazquez went down once more, prompting referee Ray Corona to wave the bout off on the 2-18 mark.
John Riel Casimero (118lbs), 31-4 (21), w pts 12 Guillermo Rigondeaux (117 1/2lbs), 20-2 (13); Gary Antonio Russell (116 3/4lbs), 18-0 (12), nc 1 Emmanuel Rodriguez (118lbs), 19-2 (12); Rau’shee Warren (117 1/2lbs), 19-3 (5), w rsf 2 Damien Vazquez (117 1/4lbs), 15-3-1 (8); Brandun Lee (141 1/4lbs), 23-0 (21), w rsf 1 Ezequiel Fernandez (138 1/4lbs), 28-5-1 (3);
Juan Carlos Payano (119lbs), 23-5 (11), w rsf 5 Raymond Tabugon (117 1/4lbs), 22-13-1; Alan Castano (155 1/2lbs), 14-1 (9), rsf 3 Christian Aguirre (165lbs), 8-8 (4); Jonas Sultan (119lbs), 17-5 (11), w ko 7 Sharone Carter (118 1/4lbs), 12-5 (3); Benjamin Stanoff (160lbs), 1-0, w pts 4 Maycon Oller De Silva (156 1/2lbs), 0-2.