Ringside Report: Tete Loses His Title in Birmingham
Zolani Tete talked of conquering a monster but in Birmingham he found John Riel Casimero too good for him as he relinquished his WBO bantamweight title in Birmingham on Saturday night.
Tete was stopped in the 3rd round after being dropped twice previously in a fight which suddenly came to life after a quiet start to the world title clash on a night of title fights on a stacked Frank Warren card.
The end came at the 2:14 point of the round, but Tete was fortunate not to be stopped after the first knockdown, a crushing right hand to the temple did irreparable damage and Tete never remotely looked like recovering.
The win sparked jubilant scenes at ringside, tears of joy from some of the new champions supporters echoed what it meant to them. Charlie Edwards a previous victim of Casimero back in 2016 was sat ringside, and I noticed he nodded in appreciation at the impressive performance, very few could not be impressed of the quality of the finish.
Casimero became a three-weight world champion with this minor upset win, while Tete will find himself having to downgrade his ambitious plans he talked about pre-fight.
Tete was mentioned by promoter Frank Warren to be a serious test for Naoya Inoue, now it is his conqueror who has the Japanese superstar in his sights.
Casimero improves his record to 29-4, while Tete drops to 28-4.