Probellum wins Casimero-Butler purse bid, targets Dec. 11


After recently signing a number of noteworthy talents like Eimantas Stanionis and Badou Jack, Richard Schaefer’s new Probellum promotion has won its first purse bid. Their uncontested $105,000 bid has given them control of John Riel Casimero’s mandatory WBO bantamweight title defense against Paul Butler.

In case the Tweet doesn’t show up for you, the fight will be held December 11th in either Dubai or Liverpool.

Butler (33-2, 15 KO) enters his first title fight since 2018, when he missed weight ahead of a one-sided loss to Emmanuel Rodriguez. He’s in the midst of a seven-fight winning streak, most recently turning aside a late surge from Willibaldo Garcia in a final eliminator this past June.

Casimero (31-4, 21 KO) has also won seven straight since his last defeat, a 2017 decision against Jonas Sultan. The first six came by knockout, including a brutal upset of Zolani Tete for the belt, but he had to settle for a deeply unpleasant split decision against Guillermo Rigondeaux.

It’s not a particularly compelling fight, but at least it keeps “Quadro Alas” busy while Naoya Inoue and Nonito Donaire sort their situations out.

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