When Will We See John Riel Casimero Fight Again?

With pay reportedly a factor when it comes to future fights for John Reil Casimero, there may be a new matchup in mind for the WBO Bantamweight Champion.

According to The Ring’s Ryan Songalia, Casimero (29-4) will face off against Duke Micah. The two would be competing on September 26 from inside the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT. It will open up a double-header. The Charlo brothers will be main eventing two shows that day, as Jermell will face Jeison Rosario while Jermall will face Sergiy Derevyanchenko.

“So we decided it’s time to move on for now,” said MP Promotions President Sean Gibbons. “It’s been so up and down, wanting to go home at one moment. The hardest thing for a fighter to train is not having a date, not really knowing what’s going on.”

Casimero (29-4) is on a five-fight win streak. He won the interim bantamweight title against Ricardo Espinoza Franco and won the WBO Bantamweight Title in November against Zolani Tete. With 20 wins via knockout, the former IBF Flyweight Champion was supposed to face Naoya Inoue on April 25. The coronavirus postponed those plans, and visa issues from the latter was a concern to Casimero.

Top Rank’s Bob Arum mentioned that Casimero may not be interested in a purse reduction for an Inoue fight. Waiting for a bout, his trainer Nonoy Neri went back to the Philippines. Casimero has now hired the services of Clarence “Bones” Adams.

“Bones knows what he’s doing and Casimero doesn’t need a lot,” Gibbons went on to say. “It’s not like you’ve gotta reinvent the wheel.”

Micah (24-0) made his professional debut in 2012. The 28-year-old from Ghana won two fights in 2019. His last bout was a unanimous decision win over Janiel Rivera in December.

“Duke Micah is like a lot of other fighters from Ghana,” Gibbons would state. He comes right at you, hands high, wants to bang, solid fundamentals and I can guarantee somebody is getting knocked out, one way or the other. You don’t gotta find this guy, that’s what’s great about this fight.”

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