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Purse set for Casimero title defense under Probellum

By: - Reporter / @BLozadaINQ
/ 07:57 PM October 08, 2021
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MANILA, Philippines—WBO World bantamweight champion John Riel Casimero is set to pocket upwards of $75,000 in his next defense against mandatory challenger Paul Butler, according to a report from BoxingScene.com.

Upstart promotional outfit Probellum won the bid hearing held by WBO held Friday with the company’s submission of $105,000, $5,000 higher than the minimum $100,000 requirement, becoming the lone entry into the process.

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Probellum aims to hold Casimero’s title defense on December 11 in either Dubai, United Arab Emirates or Liverpool, England.

Casimero (31-4), as the champion, is entitled to 75 percent of the purse guaranteeing him a total of $78,750 while Butler (33-2) will pocket the remaining share or $26,250 as the mandatory challenger.

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WBO held the bidding after TGB Promotions’ Tom Brown, who is representing Casimero, and MTK Global’s Lee Eaton, who’s acting for Butler, could not agree on a deal.

The fight was originally ordered for September 22 but Eaton requested that the fight go straight to a purse bid.

Casimero, furthermore, was supposed to fight WBC champion Nonito Donaire in August for a unification bout but negotiations fell apart after the former made defamatory remarks towards the latter’s wife and family.

Donaire also alleged that Casimero wasn’t enrolled within the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association system.

Casimero instead defeated Guillermo Rigondeaux via split decision in his last defense of the WBO strap.

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