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Exclusive: Sean Gibbons on Manny Pacquiao’s next promotion

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MP Promotions President Sean Gibbons has promised an unforgettable night in Manila when two-division king John Riel Casimero collides with Cesar Ramirez on August 24.

The showdown, which sees the WBO interim bantamweight title up for grabs, is promoted by Senator Pacquiao alongside Gibbons.

Should Casimero come through the bout unscathed, a fight with WBO Zolani Tete will likely be his next opponent – something Gibbons believes could be the making of the Filipino.

“Casimero is very well known to fans around the world, and in England, Casimero came over a couple of years ago and knocked out current WBC champion Charlie Edwards,” Gibbons exclusively told World Boxing News.

“The senator has always had a promotional company – MP Promotions. We’ve had a chance to really step it up and help some Filipino fighters.

“So, on August 24, we’re defending Casimero’s WBO interim title. If successful, he is looking forward to taking on full champion Zolani Tete very shortly.”

South Africa’s Tete participated in the World Boxing Super Series, only to pull out in the semi-finals due to sustaining an injury.

Since his victory over Mikhail Aloyan, Tete hasn’t returned to the ring. It’s very likely the WBO titleholder will face the winner of the contest in Manila next.

With Casimero just one fight from challenging for the WBO title, his representative spoke of his excitement at a potential opportunity to challenge Tete.

“I see Casimero getting on very well against Tete. He is the only fighter I’ve ever been around in boxing, and the history of my work is that I’ve actually traveled to seven different countries. He’s won seven times and picked up three world titles.

“It’s pretty amazing when you think about it. Usually, the fighter doesn’t even want to leave his hometown, let alone travel to seven countries.

“Casimero feels very good on the road, wherever. He is just looking for a breakout evening, and Tete’s that guy. Casimero is one of the most skilled 118-lb fighters in the world.

“I’m looking for big things now that he is finally getting an opportunity.”

But first, Casimero has to come through the tricky Ramirez.

Gibbons is wary of the threat he brings. The Mexican is a top-ten-ranked fighter who has won six previous fights, with five coming via KO.

Asked about the danger he possesses, Gibbons said: He’s a solid guy. He traveled to England and fought Ryan Burnett. He did very well.

“Did he come close to winning? – By no means, but he was there all night trying.

“So what he is, he is a solid guy to promote a show in the Philippines. He gives you a lot of work. And like I said, if you’re not ready, these guys come hungry to get that belt.

“I see it as a 70-30 but as a very good competitive fight.”

Read all articles and exclusive interviews by Phil Jay. Learn more about the author, experienced boxing writer, and World Boxing News Editor since 2010. Follow on Twitter @PhilJWBN.