THE Philippines’ Johnriel Casimero retained his World Boxing Association (WBA) bantamweight title following a split decision win against Cuban Guillermo Rigondeaux in Carson, California on Sunday.
Casimero took the fight to Rigondeaux from the opening bell, chasing the two-time Olympic medalist around the ring for all 12 rounds but hardly landing a significant punch against a 40-year old opponent who never showed an inclination to engage.
Surprisingly, Casimero still lost, 113-115, in the eyes of one judge, but 116-112 and 117-111 scores from the two other judges were enough for the Filipino to retain his title.
Although elated with the win, Casimero was obviously displeased with the way Rigondeaux fought in the ring.
“I wanted a knockout and all my fans wanted a knockout, but Rigondeaux is always running,” said the Filipino champion. “He’s always running. No fighting.”