Donaire-Gaballo could join Casimero-Butler on Dec. 11


Earlier this month, WBC bantamweight champion Nonito Donaire revealed that he was “finalizing” a December 11th clash with interim champion and mandatory challenger Reymart Gaballo. Now, the reliable Julius Julianis reports that the fight could serve as half of a Dubai doubleheader with John Riel Casimero vs. Paul Butler, which was already targeted for that date.

Don’t treat this as a setup for an impending unification fight, however; Julianis goes on to say that Naoya Inoue wants to face Casimero (31-4, 24 KO) in the “first quarter of 2022.” The pair were supposed to fight in April 2020 before the freshly rampaging coronavirus put a stop to that.

Not terribly surprising, really; Donaire (41-6, 27 KO) and Casimero only have these mandated matchups because their planned summer clash spectacularly imploded over drug testing concerns and social media beef. Still, these are better fights than Inoue vs. Dipaen, at least, and should leave everyone free to consolidate the belts next year without anymore mandatories breathing down their necks.

Products You May Like

Articles You May Like

Highlights and results: Saracho upsets Francis in ProBox TV’s first Wednesday night show
Sources: Joshua-Franklin close for April 1 at O2
Barrios-Santiago, Pero-Faust set for Vargas vs Foster undercard
LIVE Artur Beterbiev v Anthony Yarde Press Conference | JAN 26th 1PM | BT Sport Boxing
TENSE!! Chris Eubank Jr. vs Liam Smith • FACE OFF IN MANCHESTER | Sky Sports Boxing

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *