Casimero stops Micah to retain WBO bantam title

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WBO bantamweight champion John Riel Casimero (30-4, 21 KOs) scored a one-sided three round beatdown of Duke Micah (24-1, 19 KOs) on Saturday night at the Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Connecticut. Casimero dropped Micah in round two and referee Steve Willis waved it off to save Micah from further punishment after being wobbled in the third. Time was :54.

Casimero stated, “I worked hard and got the win tonight. In the first round I saw the body shot hurt him and thought I could get him out right away, but he’s a good boxer who was undefeated for a reason.

“The second round the uppercut hurt him, but Duke Micah works hard, he’s strong and has a good chin. I knew I was facing a good fighter, so I didn’t expect to knock him out so fast. He’s strong so I was prepared to go all 12 rounds.

“I’m the real monster. Naoya Inoue is scared of me. You’re next. I would have knocked out anyone today. If Inoue doesn’t fight me, then I’ll fight Guillermo Rigondeaux, Luis Nery, or any of the top fighters.”

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  • 24-0 with 19 kos, Taylor’s opponent 16-0 with 13 kos. Both completely overmatched when they step up to face world class fighters. This is a disturbing trend. Promoters and matchmakers are more interested in pumping up the records of guys who can’t fight to fast track them to undeserved title fights. Completely waters down the sport and dissuades young fighters from taking chances. Boxing needs a Dana White. No crap like this in UFC.

  • Great job for Casimero. I heard of him, and I am glad he confirmed his solid boxing skills and solid boxing creativity.

    As usual, most of the native African fighters I have seen are devoid of offensive/defensive rhythm – a lack of fluidity. Pure physical strength in boxing has its limits when confronted by solid boxing skills and solid boxing creativity.

  • Mabuhay! Congratulations John Reil Casimero! Thanks for being one of the Greatest Philippines Pride Today. The whole Filipinos around the world are truly PROUD of you. God bless you more!!!

  • Nice… Junriel.. Your the other one give pride of the pilipino people… Good luck and godbless….

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