‘Inoue you’re next’ – Casimero calls out Japanese champ after convincing win

Published September 27, 2020, 1:31 PM

by Jonas Terrado

John Riel Casimero wears a pair of shades and mask while his arm was raised by referee Steve Willis following his third round TKO win over Duke Micah. (Photo from Showtime Boxing)

John Riel Casimero called out Naoya Inoue shortly after taking down Ghanaian challenger Duke Micah in a successful first defense of his WBO bantamweight crown on Sunday Manila time.

Casimero cruised to a third-round TKO victory over Micah at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut, then made a profane-laced challenge on the Japanese boxer during the post-fight press conference.

“Inoue, common man. You’re a monster, m_____f_____? No, you’re no monster. You’re a Japanese turtle,” Casimero said while struggling to speak in straight English.

“You are not a monster, man. Inoue is scared of me. F___, m_____f_____. Common, you’re next,” added Casimero, who then made a slit throat gesture besides MP Promotions president Sean Gibbons.

John Riel Casimero made sure Naoya Inoue would notice him.

Casimero and Inoue, the WBA and IBF bantamweight king, were supposed to fight in a unification fight last April 25 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

But the bout didn’t materialize, with Inoue picking New Zealand’s Jason Moloney for a clash set Oct. 31 in Las Vegas and Casimero choosing Micah.

The 30-year-old Casimero numerous times has lashed out at Inoue for trying to avoid him.

“He (will) fight Jason Moloney, but I don’t fight him because I know that’s easy for me and I want Inoue,” said Casimero.

Casimero improved to 30-4 with 21 knockouts after sending Micah to the canvas in the second round with a left hook to the temple.

The Ormoc native continued his onslaught on MIcah in the third round, prompting referee Steve Willis to stop the fight at 0:54.

So easy was Casimero’s victory that he even did push ups upon the referee stoppage.

It was an impressive showing for Casimero in his first appearance in front of a US pay-per-view audience (Showtime Boxing) as the fight served as the undercard of Jermall Charlo’s unanimous decision win over Sergiy Derevyanchenko.