John Riel Casimero vs. Paul Butler: Fight time, live stream, full card, more for title bout
Probellum Boxing will have its next boxing PPV on Friday, April 22nd. The event will be held at the M&S Bank Arena in Liverpool, Moneyside, United Kingdom. The card is highlighted by two title fights. In the first, Sam Maxwell will take on Alejandro Meneses for the vacant IBO world super-lightweight belt. In the main event of the evening, John Riel Casimero will fight Paul Butler for the WBO world bantamweight title.
How to watch John Riel Casimero vs. Paul Butler
Due to the time difference, the 12-fight PPV will start at 2 p.m. ET. Ring walks for the main event are tentatively scheduled for 5 p.m. ET. They are subject to change depending on the length of the matches preceding it on the card.
The live stream for this card will be provided by Fubo Sports Network in the U.S. and Eurosport 1 in the UK. Fubo Sports Network is available to watch for free on their website and available on a limited selection of platforms, including the Roku Channel, Vizio, Xumo and Tubi.
Casimero enters with a 31-4 record and has won six bouts in a row. He was scheduled to fight Butler in December of 2021, but the fight was canceled and rescheduled. His last match came in August of 2021 when he took on Guillermo Rigondeaux. Casimero won by split decision.
Butler has a 33-2 record ahead of this fight. His last two fights were canceled and he last boxed on June 25th, 2021. Butler picked up the split decision victory over Willibaldo Garcia. He has now won seven bouts in a row with his last loss coming in May of 2018.
JOHN RIEL CASIMERO VS. PAUL BUTLER OFF DUE TO CASIMERO’S VIOLATION OF BBBOFC MEDICAL POLICY
John Riel Casimero is in danger of being stripped of the WBO bantamweight title after violating terms of the British Boxing Board of Control’s medical policy regarding the use of saunas prior to a fight.
Casimero (31-4, 21 knockouts) was scheduled to face mandatory challenger Paul Butler on Friday in Liverpool, England but will not be allowed to do so because of the commission’s strict policy against using saunas to cut weight before a fight.
Evidence of the sauna use came from Casimero’s own YouTube channel, where he was shown using a sauna to cut weight after arriving in the United Kingdom. The video has now been set to private.
“This is against the BBBofC’s medical guidelines and therefore we cannot permit him to compete in the proposed contest on Friday,” reads a BBBofC letter, which was signed by General Secretary Robert W. Smith, effectively nixing the main event for the Probellum card.
The letter adds that Casimero had completed two weight checks since arriving in the United Kingdom, and showed an “alarming reduction” of ten pounds in a span of three days.
The Puerto Rico based organization has given Casimero’s team 48 hours to “Show Cause” as to why the belt should not be declared vacant.
The timing of the infraction is not in Casimero’s favor, given that he has not made a mandatory defense since winning the title from Zolani Tete in November of 2019. The 33-year-old Casimero of Ormoc City, Philippines has made two voluntary defenses of the belt, against Duke Micah and Guillermo Rigondeaux.
Casimero had originally been scheduled to defend against Butler in December, but withdrew from the fight prior to the weigh-in after being hospitalized due to gastritis. Reports had circulated that Casimero had been struggling to make the 118-pound weight prior to the canceled fight in Dubai.
Afterwards, Casimero was advised by the WBO that title would be declared vacant if he does not attend the official weigh in “for any reason.”
Butler (33-2, 15 KOs)is a former WBO junior bantamweight titleholder, and has won seven straight since his most recent loss to Emmanuel Rodriguez in 2018.