Casimero calls out ‘scared’ Inoue after dominant win

John Riel Casimero after demolishing Duke Micah in their bantamweight title fight in Connecticut, USA. Photo from Showtime Boxing Twitter

MANILA, Philippines — John Riel Casimero had a rousing first title defense against Duke Micah to retain his WBO world bantamweight title Sunday but the victory never truly satisfied the Filipinos slugger’s hunger.

The fight against Micah wasn’t initially part of Casimero’s plans as he was originally slated to fight Naoya Inoue in a unification bout last April before the COVID-19 pandemic happened.

Casimero, who’s been in the United States since March, waited for Inoue to arrive in the US but the undefeated Japanese never came reportedly due to travel restrictions as their showdown ended up getting scrapped.

The Leyte native, though, is not letting Inoue, who’s known as “The Monster,” off the hook that easily.

“I’m the real monster. Naoya Inoue is scared of me. You’re next,” said Casimero in a report from RingTV.com. “I would have knocked out anyone today.”

Casimero had a dominant defense, stopping Micah in the third round with a furious flurry that prompted referee Steve Willis to stop the fight at Mohegan Sun Casino in Connecticut, USA.

Chopping down Micah in the first two rounds, Casimero landed 24 body shots to Micah’s four and he was successful in scoring a knockdown in the second round with a cracking left hook.

With his confidence running high, Casimero said that Inoue’s just an option for him now and he could take on WBA “regular” bantamweight champion Guillermo Rigondeaux or move up in weight and take on Luis Nery, who fought in the same card for the WBC world super bantamweight title.

“If Inoue doesn’t fight me, then I’ll fight Guillermo

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Pacquiao ‘will have easier time’ vs McGregor than Hatton

FILE – Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach trains with Manny Pacquiao. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.net

MANILA, Philippines — Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach doesn’t think Conor McGregor will last long in the boxing ring with Manny Pacquiao.

Roach believes the ex-UFC superstar will just be a cakewalk for the Filipino ring legend the way former boxing champion Ricky Hatton was when he fought Pacquiao in 2009.

Hatton got demolished by Pacquiao, who scored a one-punch knockout in the second round of their light welterweight clash.

“If this is true, @MannyPacquiao will have an easier time with you @TheNotoriousMMA than when he fought @HitmanHatton,” posted Roach on Twitter, quoting McGregor’s tweet.

McGregor tweeted Saturday that he is “boxing Pacquiao next year in the Middle East.”

Pacquiao’s special assistant Jayke Joson on Saturday also released a statement regarding a McGregor fight in 2021 while adding that “a huge portion” of the eight-division champion’s earnings from the McGregor fight will be donated to those affected by the coronavirus pandemic in the Philippines.

Rumors about a crossover bout between Pacquiao and McGregor began three years ago after McGregor made his boxing debut and lost to Floyd Mayweather Jr.

Speculations heightened after Pacquiao signed with Paradigm Sports Management, which also represents McGregor, last February.

Sean Gibbons, president of Manny Pacquiao Promotions, also told AFP that a fight with McGregor is “one of the fights being considered” as Pacquiao plots his ring return.


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Casimero ready for coming out fight

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

MANILA, Philippines—It’s been a whirlwind 2020 for Filipino boxer John Riel Casimero.

First, his coming out party and his opportunity to unify his WBO title with Naoya Inoue’s IBF and WBA straps originally scheduled April 25 was shelved by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Then, his trainer Nonoy Neri had to leave the United States and fly home to tend to his obligations. leaving an unmotivated Casimero to wait for another coach.

Fortunately, MP Promotions President Sean Gibbons managed to strike a deal with former WBA bantamweight champion Clarence “Bones” Adams who immediately connected with Casimero.

“That’s who Casimero is fighting for. He’s fighting for the Philippines, he isn’t fighting for himself,” said Adams in the RingTV report.

“Casimero, he’s just like Manny Pacquiao. I’m trying to get that out of him because he likes to wait around a little bit too long. So I’m trying to change it and make him a little bit busier and have the knockouts come a little bit earlier.”

Casimero (29-4) faces undefeated Duke Micah from Ghana for his title defense, and he will feature in the Charlo brothers Showtime pay-per-view at Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Connecticut this Sunday (Manila time), as per RingTV.com.

What made the transition easy for Adams was he already knew Gibbons for 30 years, having been married to a Filipino.

Adams knew that Casimero isn’t the most well-known boxer from the Philippines with the sport’s landscape in the Philippines still largely under the shadow of Pacquiao.

Casimero already won titles in the light flyweight, flyweight, and bantamweight divisions, but barely made a dent in the Philippine consciousness.

“He’s tremendously underrated, this man has been to 10 different countries, and fought and won. People here

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