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Casimero Defends WBO World Title Vs Micah on Sunday


Filipino boxer John Riel Casimero is heavily favored as he defends his WBO world bantamweight championship against Duke Micah of Ghana on Saturday night (Sunday in the Philippines) at the Mohegan Sun Resort and Casino in Connecticut.

This will be the Ormoc, Leyte-native’s first title defense on the world championship he won at the expense of South African Zolani Tete via third round stoppage in November, 2019.

Casimero was supposed to face Japanese Naoya Inoue of Japan in a three-titlebelt bantamweight unification last April 25 at Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas but it was cancelled due to coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic.

Both Casimero and Micah have both shown their readiness for the world championship bout as they easily passed the 118-pound limit with the Filipino boxer weighing 117¾ and Micah submitting 117¼.

“I’m really excited. I’ve been here (in the United States) for eight months already. I’m ready to fight,” Casimero said in an interview with Noli Eala at his Power & Play program on Saturday.

The 31-year-old Casimero added that he is not taking Micah lightly since the latter is still undefeated but he will definitely go for a stoppage victory if he sees an opportunity.

“He is a mature fighter who is also tall. Casimero said on Micah. “I wasn’t able to watch much of his fights because there’s not many fights to begin with.”

“I can’t see a weakness. He has yet to lose a match,” he added. “If I see an opening, I will definitely go for a knockout.”

Casimero will be entering the match with a 29-4-0 win-loss-draw ring record, including 20 stoppage victories, while the 29-year-old Micah has an unblemished 24-0-0 slate, with 19 wins via knockout.

The Casimero-Micah world title clash will take place in the undercard of the Jermall Charlo-Sergiy Derevyanchenko fight