MANILA, Philippines – John Riel Casimero finally got his wish.
Casimero, the WBO bantamweight title holder, said he will hold a highly anticipated unification fight against Naoya Inoue later this year.
“The next one against us, this is a good fight. Naoya Inoue, December 11,” a beaming Casimero said Monday in a 12-second video posted to his YouTube channel.
(Our next fight will be a good fight. Naoya Inoue, December 11)
The Philippine power puncher has been clamoring for a clash with Inoue since their match scheduled for April 2020 was canceled due to the pandemic.
Both sides have failed to agree on a fight since the postponement with Casimero even claiming Inoue is avoiding him.
The two battled other names instead, with Casimero (31-4, 21 KOs) successfully retaining his crown by getting rid of Duke Micah in three rounds last September and winning in a split decision from Duke Micah earlier this month. Guillermo Rigondeaux. .
Inoue (21-0, 18 KOs), on the other hand, scored a pair of knockouts against Jason Moloney last October and Philippine Michael Dasmariñas in June to keep his WBA (Super) and IBF belts.
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