John Riel Casimero vows to walk over Duke Micah

BY: Bernard Neequaye
John Riel Casimero is hopeful of beating Duke Micah on September 26
John Riel Casimero is hopeful of beating Duke Micah on September 26

World Boxing Organisation (WBO) bantamweight champion, John Riel Casimero, is looking forward to a walkover against Duke Micah in order to focus on bigger bouts.

Casimero told RealFight PH that his camp ended up agreeing to fight Micah because they failed to agree on bouts with International Boxing Federation (IBF) champion, Naoya Inoue, and Luis Nery, former World Boxing Council (WBC) titlist.

September 26 showdown

The undefeated Ghanaian boxer landed his maiden world championship fight against Casimero on Showtime’s Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) September 26 pay per view card in Connecticut.

Micah’s challenge for the WBO title will be one of five world championship fights on the night, with the Charlo twins, Jermall and Jermell, set to headline the bill with separate fights.

Micah the underdog  

Speaking ahead of the bout, Casimero said, “when Inoue stopped fighting, we looked for an opponent; we are ready to fight anyone and Luis Nery and I are still challenging on Instagram but they do not want to fight me.”

“They do not want to fight us so we ended up with Duke Micah,” he added.

Casimero, 31, believes Micah remains a dangerous opponent at 122 pounds despite not being a star in the division and is keen on avoiding complacency in his preparations.

Casimero’s cautious optimism

“While Micah may not ring a bell to many, the fight is equally important as facing Inoue or Nery at 122 pounds. That is why I don’t want to be complacent in my preparations.

“I am very confident of winning and I need to end Micah immediately so we can target big fights against Inoue or Nery,” the Filipino explained.

Last fight record

Both Casimero and Micah are yet to fight this year. While the Ghanaian last fought in December, the Filipino was in the ring in November last year.

Micah returned to the ring in 2019 after a year layoff occasioned by a promotional tussle with Real Deal Promotions. He defeated Luis Suarez Cruz in two rounds on August 31 last year, before finishing 2019 with a unanimous decision victory over Janiel Rivera in December.