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Midlands Mayhem: Casimero stuns Tete to rip away WBO belt

Anthony Cacace and Lerrone Richards claim Lonsdale belts

John Riel Casimero ended Zolani Tete's reign as WBO Bantamweight world champion last November Credit: MSN Philiipines
John Riel Casimero ended Zolani Tete's reign as WBO Bantamweight world champion last November Credit: MSN Philiipines

On a marathon card at Arena Birmingham, there were shocks to be found as a world champion was dethroned.

South African Zolani Tete, the WBO Bantamweight champion, was upset by Filipino John Riel Casimero, who derailed the champion’s grand plans to meet 118 pound kingpin Naoya Inoue with a stunning third round knockout win. Casimero became a three-weight world champion as a result.

After a quiet beginning to the contest, the fight exploded into life in the third. A double right hand, shot from the most awkward of angles from Casimero, put Tete down and in some disorientation.

There was an argument for referee Steve Gray to stop the contest there and then, but the action continued. Tete went down again after tottering to the canvas, still hurt from the opening knockdown shot, and, after a frenzied follow up attack from Casimero on the resumption, the referee wisely called a halt.

Anthony Cacace became the new British Super Featherweight champion, after dethroning Sam Bowen via split decision in a scrappy affair.

The Irishman was slippery and hard to pin down throughout, and his ability to evade most of Bowen’s best attacks, and nullify them with his own work, got him the nod in the end.

It was a hard fight to score, with Bowen having to mostly chase Cacace when on the attack, and the Leicester man was further impeded by a point deduction by Marcus McDonnell in the fifth for leading with his head, which seemed harsh due to Cacace’s tendency to duck low when engaging.

In the end, a score of 115-112 for Bowen was over ruled by two scores of 115-113 to crown Cacace the new Lonsdale Belt holder.

It was an unsavoury ending to the British and Commonwealth Welterweight title clash between champion, Chris Jenkins and Liam Taylor, as their meeting ended in a technical draw.

This is the fourth such ending in Jenkins’ career, and the Welshman was again badly cut forcing a premature conclusion. Manchester’s Taylor will feel aggrieved, as he had scored a second round knockdown with a chopping right hand high on Jenkins’ head.

Jenkins roared back though, and the two engaged in warfare. The fight was boiling along nicely, until an accidental clash of heads in the fourth caused a deep laceration on the Welshman’s left eye. Following consultation, the fight was waved off.

Lerrone Richards added the vacant British Super Middleweight belt to his Commonwealth crown, with a split decision win against Halesowen’s Lennox Clarke.

Richards was elusive pretty much throughout the first half of the fight, and Clarke struggled to find many successes, despite his best efforts. Clarke, to his credit, did finish strongly, pressuring a tiring Richards with a high work rate, especially in the championship rounds.

Lerrone Richards claimed the British strap in Birmingham Credit: Frank Warren

Clarke received a 115-113 scorecard from Marcus McDonnell but he was trumped by scores of 117-112 and 116-113 for Richards.

Sam Maxwell overcame a spirited challenge from Derbyshire’s Connor Parker, before scoring a seventh round stoppage to retain his WBO European Super Lightweight title.

Maxwell was much bigger than his opponent, and his much more weighty shots took their toll eventually on Parker.

Sam Maxwell can't hide his delight after retaining his WBO European Super Lightweight title Credit: Frank Warren

The challenger did have his successes through the fight, but Maxwell eventually stepped the pace up in the seventh; a clubbing left followed by a sustained onslaught forced the referee’s intervention.

Hamzah Sheeraz impressed with a sixth round stoppage victory against Ryan Kelly to claim the vacant WBO European Super Welterweight title.

Hamza Sheeraz claimed his first professional title Credit: Frank Warren

A rapid right hand to the temple dropped Kelly, and on the resumption, a volley of punches to head and body saw the referee step in.

Dennis McCann continued his hot streak with a second round stoppage of Stefan Slavchev. A big right dropped the visitor unsteadily, and a vicious flurry of lefts and rights finished the contest.