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 Carson, Calif.
TGB Promotions promote the event. 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 Cuba’s two-time Olympic gold medalist Rigondeaux, who has earned pound-for-pound recognition at various points in his career, return to action against the Philippines’ 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:
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“We are in the home stretch of training, and everything has been going great. We’re fully focused on and excited about this fight coming up on August 14.
“It’s about patience before everything. That’s how I live. Whoever is standing across the ring from me on fight night, I will be ready for him regardless.
“I’ve always been at the world championship level, and everyone knows that. At this point, I’m just waiting for August 14 to again show what I’m capable of and take care of business.
“I’m not worried about Casimero’s power or anything he brings. I’ve fought in three divisions, and I’ve gone after the biggest challenges every time. I’m just not worried about what Casimero will do in the ring.
“It’s simple to me. Casimero is going to do his job, and I’m going to do mine. We’ll both bring our ‘A-games’ and see who comes out on top on August 14.
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“I’m not a big trash-talker. It’s not about what he’s going to say beforehand. I’ll see him in the ring on August 14, and he’ll get the real Rigondeaux just like he wants. Until then, I’m just focusing on my job.
“He says he’s going to retire me, so it’s on now. We’ll see if he’s able to back up that talk on August 14.
“He’s going to feel my power. Everyone is talking about his power, and I feel like my power is being underestimated. I can’t wait to get in the ring on August 14 and show everyone what I’m capable of.
“I can guarantee that everyone is going to see the best of me on August 14. I perform best under the bright lights, and that’s what I’m bringing to this fight.
“Casimero 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 I’m going to be ready.
“I moved down to bantamweight because nobody wanted to fight me at 122-pounds. I’m 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.
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JOHN RIEL CASIMERO
“I’m so ready for this fight on August 14. Training camp has gone so well, and I’m just ready to rumble.
“Nonito Donaire didn’t want to fight me, but that’s okay. Donaire is easy for me. Now, I have Rigondeaux, and I know he’s very experienced. He’s a two-division world champion and a two-time Olympic Gold Medalist. This will be a great fight.
“Rigondeaux has a much different style from Donaire. I’m actually much more excited to fight Rigondeaux because Donaire is scared of me. I don’t think Rigondeaux is scared. If he’s not scared, he better fight me and not run.