Watch Zolani Tete vs John Riel Casimero Live Stream Online

Ruben Hill
December 3, 2019

John Riel Casimero scored a third-round KO of South African Zolani Tete Saturday night (early Sunday morning in Manila) to capture the WBO bantamweight title in Birmingham, England.

Casimero, who previously held a light flyweight and flyweight world title, has been on a tremendous run since he chose to move away from fighting at super flyweight ever since a 12-round decision loss to Jonas Sultan in 2017. This fight with Tete will be a chance for the Filipino known as "Four Aces" to become a three division world champion.

It was the third world title for Casimero who previously held International Boxing Federation light flyweight and light flyweight crowns.

After being out for a year since the injury, Tete had time to recover and now he will fight a another Filipino opponent John Riel Casimero and try to make a statement against the tough contender.

Tete still got to stand up during the 10-count but staggered anew that Referee Steve Gray had to pick him up after a slip.

"I knew in the back of my mind there was the possibility to fight Tete this year", Casimero (29-4, 20KOs) told BoxingScene.com in spending virtually all year preparing for the bout. He called out Naoya Inoue, the WBA and IBF world bantamweight champion.

The "they" in the equation these days is MP Promotions, headed up by Sean Gibbons and its namesake Manny Pacquiao, whom Casimero has joined along with Donaire and Donnie Nietes as Philippines' only ever boxers to win titles in at least three separate weight divisions.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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