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Casimero Stops Micah in 3, Keeps WBO World Title


Filipino boxer John Riel Casimero easily retained the WBO world bantamweight championship with a third round stoppage win over Duke Micah of Ghana on Saturday night (Sunday in the Philippines) at the Mohegan Sun Resort and Casino in Connecticut.

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

It was actually a flat start for the Filipino boxer in the opening round as he tried to rough up the Ghanian boxer but the latter connected with solid hits down the stretch to take the round.

Micah continued to land solid hits early in the second but Casimero answered back and floored hia opponent with a big left hook. The Ghanian survived the round despite late flurry from the Filipino.

Casimero went for the kill in the third round as he pounced on Micah at the corner forcing the hand of referee Steve Willis to stop the match midway in the round.

“Like what I said, If I see an opening, I will definitely go for a knockout,” said the 30-year-old Casimero, who has been stranded for eight months in the United States training for his match.

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.

With the victory, Casimero improved his boxing record to 30-4-0 win-loss-draw ring record, including 21 stoppage victories, while the 29-year-old Micah suffered his first loss as he dropped to 24-1-0 slate, with 19 wins via knockout.

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