Casimero says he will fight Inoue in December

Casimero says he will fight Inoue in December

Japanese boxer Naoya Inoue (left) and Filipino bet John Riel Casimero. AFP FILE PHOTOS

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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