By Ken Hissner: At the Dignity Health Sports Park, Carson, CA, Saturday, Showtime, Tom Brown (TGB Promotions), over Showtime, presented in the Main Event WBO World Bantamweight champ John “Quadro Alas” Riel Casimero defeating by split decision WBA World Bantamweight champ Guillermo “El Chacal the Jackal” Guillermo Rigondeaux in one of the most boring title fights this writer has ever covered.
In the co-feature, Gary Antonio Russell and Emmanuel “Manny” Rodriguez ended in a no contest in the first round due to a clash of heads and Rodriguez not being able to continue for the WBA interim World Bantamweight title.
In the Main Event WBO World Bantamweight champ John “Quadro Alas” Riel Casimero, 31-4 (21), #118, of Ormoc City, Leyte, PH, won a split decision over WBA World Bantam champ Guillermo Rigondeaux, 20-2 (13), #117½, of Cuba and Miami, FL, over 12 dull rounds.
In the second round, Rigondeaux slipped to the canvas while Casimero landed four punches on the back before the referee got in to stop him. By the fourth round, fans let the fighters know they were not happy with the lack of action, with Casimero chasing Rigondeaux with few exchanges.
Rigondeaux continued to run around the ring, with Casimero chasing him in the fifth round. At the end of the sixth, Rigondeaux hit Casimero after the bell with a jab receiving a warning between rounds from the referee.
In the eighth round, Rigondeaux, in the final minute of the round landed a rare solid counter left on the chin of Casimero. In the eleventh round, the referee warned Rigondeaux, who had Casimero in a headlock. In the twelfth and final round, Casimero continued chasing Rigondeaux around the ring, unable to cut the ring off.
Scores were 115-113 Rigondeaux, 116-112, and 117-111 Casimero, with this writer scoring it 114-114. The total punch count was 47-44 Casimero at the end.
In the co-feature Gary Antonio Russell, 18-0-1nc (12), #116¾, of Wash., DC, ended in a no-contest Emmanuel “Manny” Rodriguez, 19-2-1nc (12), #118, of Vega Baja, PR, for the WBA interim World Bantamweight title, after 0:16 of the first round of a scheduled 12.
In the first round, a clash of Russell’s head and the nose of Rodriguez and down went the latter on his face ending the fight.
Former WBA Bantamweight champ southpaw Rau’shee Warren, 19-3 (5), #117½, of Cincinnati, OH, stopped southpaw Damien “Sugar” Vazquez, 16-3-1 (8), #117 ¼, of Las Vegas, NV, at 2:18 of the second round of a 10.
In the first round, Warren scored a right hook on the temple for a knockdown. An overhand left followed by a right hook on the chin and down went Vazquez again. In the second round, Warren landed a left on the chin and down went Vazquez for the third and final time as the referee waved it off by referee Ray Corona.
Super Lightweight Brandun Lee, 23-0 (21), #141½, of LaQuinta, CA, stopped Ezequiel Fernandez, 28-5-1 (3), #138½, of San Juan, ARG, at 1:40 of the first in a scheduled 8.
In the first round, Lee scored 3 knockdowns to score a stoppage.