Work doesn’t stop for John Riel Casimero despite postponed fight

FILE – John Riel Casimero works the mitts with Cuban trainer Pedro Roque. Photo from Team Casimero

MANILA, Philippines—John Riel Casimero isn’t taking it easy after his title unification fight against Naoya Inoue got postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Casimero, the WBO World bantamweight champion, was set to face Japan’s Naoya Inoue, the IBF and WBA champion, on April 25 at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino but the fight was put off as a precautionary measure.

Already in Las Vegas, Casimero (29-4) continued his training and hasn’t let up since, posting his workout regimen on his Youtube channel “Quadro Alas it’s my boy.”

In a fan interaction, Casimero expressed his confidence in fighting Inoue (19-0).

“Let’s pray that I can put him down,” said Inoue in Filipino. “We’ll break his face guys. Just watch how I will beat The Monster from Japan.”

Casimero, who held the IBF World light flyweight and flyweight titles, captured the interim WBO World bantamweight championship in April 2019 after beating Ricardo Espinoza Franco for the strap.

He ultimately became the sanctioning body’s full champion in November 2019 after beating Zolani Tete in Birmingham while also bumping his winning streak to five matches.

Inoue, meanwhile, defeated Nonito Donaire in November 2019 to unify the IBF and WBA titles in the finals of the World Boxing Super Series in Saitama, Japan.

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Floyd Mayweather unlikely to fight this year after family deaths

MANILA, Philippines—Floyd Mayweather’s rumored comeback may have to wait.

According to a TMZ report, Mayweather reportedly  told people close to him that he would possibly shelve his plans of returning to the boxing ring after the deaths of uncle Roger Mayweather and Josie Harris, the mother of Mayweather’s three children.

Roger, who was also Mayweather’s trainer, and Harris both died in a span of one week.

Mayweather (50-0), as per TMZ, was expected to have a crossover event involving the UFC and another bout against a star boxer.

Another thing that has struck Mayweather deeply was the sudden passing of close friend Kobe Bryant, who died of helicopter crash in January.

Mayweather took to Instagram to share his grief over uncle Roger and Harris and his posts evidently reflected his pain.

The legendary boxer had 14 posts dedicated to Harris and a couple for his uncle.

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Cricket’s Next Generation: Janneman Malan among South Africa’s promising newcomers

Cricket’s rich history is dotted with legends who have left a lasting legacy on the sport. Through their performances with the bat, ball or both in several cases, these players have risen head and shoulders above their contemporaries to achieve greatness.

For some like Sir Don Bradman and Sachin Tendulkar, the talent was undeniable from the moment they stepped on the cricket field as a rookie. Meanwhile, others such as James Anderson, Virat Kohli and Younis Khan have honed their skills over the years to ultimately transform into extraordinary players.

Many youngsters, meanwhile, have promised plenty in their early years before fading into obscurity or mediocrity. As such, it is never easy to predict the career trajectory of young players entering the game, no matter how talented they might be.

While there is no telling where their careers will ultimately lead, there is nothing more exciting than watching fresh talents announcing their arrival in cricket.

In this series, we take a look at some of the most exciting cricketers around the world who are aged 23 or below. South African cricket might not be at the healthiest position currently, though the Proteas can take some heart from the talent coming through the age groups.

Here, we look at three of their most promising young crickets.

LUNGI NGIDI

Age: 23

Man-of-the-match awards on his T20I and Test debuts is a testament to the immense potential that lies in Lungi Ndigi.

The tall pacer was always earmarked as a special talent as he progressed through the age-groups at junior level and it was no surprise when he impressed in his debut T20I outing against Sri Lanka in Centurion in 2017.

While he was always seen as a limited-overs specialist in the early part of his career, Ngidi showed he has the chops

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