Guillermo Rigondeaux vs. Willie Casey

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2011-03-19 : Guillermo Rigondeaux 121 lbs beat Willie Casey 121¼ lbs by TKO at 2:38 in round 1 of 12

Notes

Bout Summary

A sweeping left uppercut in the opening round caught Casey flush and sent him back on his rear causing his glove to touch the mat at 1:45. He was up immediately and received a mandatory eight-count. A combination capped with a left hook sent Casey falling across the ring and down at 2:19. He was able to make it to his feet but was visibly wobbled. A followup barrage sent Casey stumbling forward. At that, the referee stepped in and waved an end to the bout.

Quotes

  • "Casey doesn't belong in the same ring as me, but I admire his courage for wanting to fight me. I'm excited about fighting in Ireland again, where I won my first world championship as an amateur in 2001. ... Casey and all of the fans in attendance will see a true world champion in action March 19. If Casey thinks I'm going to Ireland to lose my world title belt, he's making a big mistake because I'm going to win, and in sensational fashion. He is tailor-made for me. I watched a couple of rounds of Casey's previous fights and concluded that he's a bit of a one-trick pony. We are as far apart in class as in residence, make no mistake about that and when the bell rings March 19, that will certainly be evident to all." - Guillermo Rigondeaux [2]
  • "This is why I turned professional. I want to be fighting the best there is out there and Rigondeaux is one of the best. I am delighted with all these opportunities that I'm getting and I'm humbled by the support that I'm receiving. There are a lot of [junior featherweights] that are avoiding this fella, but not me. He has what I want so why wouldn't I fight him?" - Willie Casey [3]