John Riel Casimero And Guillermo Rigondeaux Are Back On Again

PBC moves forward with their original plan after Donaire pulls out

Guillermo Rigondeaux, WBO bantamweight champion John Riel Casimero
Guillermo Rigondeaux (left), John Riel Casimero

PBC moves forward with their original plan after Donaire pulls out

WBO Bantamweight champion John Riel Casimero’s (30-4, 21ko) original bout with WBA ‘Regular’ champion Guillermo “El Chacal” Rigondeaux (20-1, 13ko) is back on. This comes on the back of WBC champion Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire pulling out on Casimero.

Once again the air has been taken out of the balloon for boxing fans. This switch-up officially killed another mega unification bout. The boxing community went into a frenzy when Rigondeaux agreed to step aside and allow Casimero to battle Donaire in a huge unification bout.

Part of the agreement was that the winner would give the Cuban fighter first crack at the championship. Naturally, this would hold off an undisputed fight with unified champion Naoya “The Monster” Inoue. It was an incredible move on the part of Premier Boxing Champions in making a better fight worthy of the admiration of the fans.


Well, fans got punched in the gut after Donaire took to social media declaring he was no longer fighting Casimero. Things broke down over VADA testing issues and personal attacks against his wife. The boxing community was praying that both sides would smooth this over and believed that cooler heads would prevail.

Today fans can stop hoping. Rigondeaux took to social media with a cryptic message that got fans buzzing on whether the Casimero bout is back on again.

Guillermo Rigondeaux hints at a fight with John Riel Casimero
Guillermo Rigondeaux hints at a fight with John Riel Casimero

Furthermore, PBC’s fight schedule has confirmed the WBC champion and the Cuban fighter will fight on August 14. Coincidentally, it is the same date that was reserved for the mega-unification match-up between Casimero and Donaire.

In this author’s opinion, fighters and camps will talk trash, but families should be off-limits. However, when those lines get crossed and it gets personal, fans expect fighters to settle their problems in the squared circle. Honestly, Nonito Donaire can prove his point more by giving Casimero a beat down over backing out of a fight.

By: Garrisson Bland

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Garrisson Bland - Head of Public Relations/Senior Journalist. Garrisson is the Head of Public relations for as well as a senior writer. He is also the host of YouTube boxing show "Truth And Facts Sports Talk."