The 31 year-old South African southpaw Zolani Tete will be making the fourth defence of his title, but this will be his first fight since October 2018 when he defeated Russia’s Mikhail Aloyan by unanimous decision in the World Boxing Super Series, after which he was ruled out with a shoulder injury.
The 30 year-old Filipino John Riel Casimero is a former two division IBF champion and is the current Interim WBO champion after a 12th round knockout of Ricardo Espinoza in April. He then defended his title by stopping Cesar Ramirez in August.
Zolani Tete vs John Riel Casimero Betting Lines & Prediction
When it comes to boxing betting predictions for this fight, the one big factor that can’t be overlooked is that the South African defending champion Zolani Tete can rely upon a significant height (5 inches) and reach (eight inches) advantage over his opponent.
Tete will clearly look to keep the fight at a distance where he can use his reach advantage to dictate proceedings, while John Riel Casimero will need to put the pressure on Tete by closing down the ring and fighting at close quarters. If Casimero can put Tete under pressure from the start, then he has a chance.
In the latest boxing odds, Tete is the bookies strong favourite to win at odds of -232.56 (1.43) with 888sport. If you fancy the upset then head over to Betway Sports who offer +200 (3.00) on a Casimero victory. The draw is +2000 (21.0) also at Betway.