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Casimero Mocks Inoue: ‘I’m The Real Monster’


After easily retaining his WBO world bantamweight championship with a third round stoppage win over Duke Micah of Ghana, John Riel Casimero called on Japanese champion Naoya Inoue for an unification match.

Casimero and Inoue was supposed to fight each other in a three-title belt bantamweight unification last April 25 at Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas but it was cancelled due to coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic.

Since then, the anticipated world title clash was postponed several times with Inoue’s camp claiming that they cannot travel to the United States due to COVID-19 restrictions until it was cancelled for good.

“I’m the real monster. Naoya Inoue is scared of me. You’re next. I would have knocked out anyone today,” Casimero said in a post-match interview pertaining to Inoue, who is known for his monicker of “The Monster.”

“If Inoue doesn’t fight me, then I’ll fight Guillermo Rigondeaux, Luis Nery, or any of the top fighters,” added the Filipino world champion, who is known as Cuadro Alas.

Casimero’s sensational triumph over erstwhile unbeaten Inoue was his first successful defense on the world championship he won at the expense of South African Zolani Tete via third round stoppage in November, 2019.