WBO Bantamweight champion John Riel Casimero obliterated Duke Micah in his U.S. debut, stopping the Ghanaian in three rounds
UNCASVILLE, CONN. (September 26, 2020) — WBO Bantamweight champion John Riel Casimero broke down and obliterated previously undefeated challenger Duke Micah. Casimero’s U.S. debut was action-packed, explosive and the 31-year old Filipino only needed three rounds to complete a statement that will undoubtedly resonate throughout the 118-pound division.
Both fighters attacked each other fiercely in the opening frame – for two fighters making their 2020 debut. In the second frame Casimero (30-4, 21 KOs) landed a left hook that staggered Micah as the Ghanaian backed out of flurry. He went down to the canvas, but got and valiantly fought his way into the third round.
The ringside doctor examined Micah (24-1, 19 KOs) prior to the action resuming in the ensuing round. Casimero patiently picked apart Micah with a series of heavy shots as the challenger tried to simultaneously fend off the champion and recover. Micah fought on hurt but wasn’t able to protect himself. The champion landed a final left uppercut that rocked Micah, and Willis stepped in to stop the fight after :54.
After the fight Casimero said that he didn’t expect the fight to end so early, as he thought Micah was a good fighter. He also spoke on the cues he picked up on to finish off his opponent, and laid down a challenge to the rest of the division.
“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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