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Duke Micah poised to snatch John Riel Casimero’s world title

BY: Bernard Neequaye
Duke Micah
Duke Micah

Ghanaian world title hopeful, Duke Micah, says he is more than ready to face John Riel Casimero with an electrifying style as he targets the World Boxing Organisation (WBO) title later today in Connecticut.

Undefeated Micah says he is prepared to execute his game plan to perfection to unsettle the hard-hitting three-division world champion.

Micah, 28, faces the toughest test in his career when he challenges the Filipino on Showtime’s Premier Boxing Champions card involving five world championship bouts.

The Ghanaian described his maiden world championship bout against Casimero as a massive night as he prepares to upset the Filipino.

Speaking ahead of the fight last Wednesday, Micah said he had improved under new trainer Andre Rozier and expects to showcase it against Casimero today.

“I'm so grateful for this moment. This is a massive night for me. It all comes down to this and we are coming to win.

“I have to stick to my game plan. I expect my opponent to box and move. I've prepared for a couple of attacks that I think he will use.

I've never been more ready for a fight than I am for this one,” he said in a pre-fight interview.

“Casimero is a good boxer but I'm a different fighter than I've been in the past. I've improved my game so much working with Andre Rozier.

The fans will see it on Saturday night and they will become instant fans of my electrifying style,” Micah added.

Micah is yet to fight this year, having endured a tough year due to the COVID-19 outbreak. His last fight ended in unanimous points’ victory over Janiel Rivera last December.

Before returning to the ring in 2019, the New York-based boxer went through difficult times in 2018 without a bout due to a promotional tussle with his American promoters, Real Deal Promotions.

In August 2019, the Ghanaian returned in over a year to stop Luis Suarez Cruz in two rounds. Micah now has the opportunity to imitate the likes of Azumah Nelson, Ike ‘Bazooka’ Quartey, Joseph Agbeko among others who took their chance to become world champions.

Casiemro, who has won world titles at light flyweight, flyweight and bantamweight, will make his 11th world championship appearance when he takes on Micah.

At age 31, the Filipino possesses an impressive record of eight victories and two defeats in his world title fights. He hasn’t fought since destroying South Africa’s Zolani Tete last November to win the WBO bantamweight crown.

Ahead of tonight’s clash, Casimero has promised a knockout win over Micah in order to prove himself to the world. He is ready to offer his best against Micah to make a successful defence of his title.

“This is my first time on SHOWTIME so I want to give everyone watching an impressive performance. I'll go for the knockout,” Casimero noted.

“This is a big opportunity to show the world who I am. I promise I will do my best this fight. I am extremely ready to give it my all.

“My opponent is a mature boxer with good experience but I'm going to be too strong for him. I believe I'm the best at 118-pounds,” he added.