Casimero v Micah Set For September On Showtime!

John Riel Casimero To Fight Duke Micah on September 26th On Showtime

John Riel Casimero (left), Duke Micah
John Riel Casimero (left), Duke Micah

John Riel Casimero To Fight Duke Micah on September 26th On Showtime

John Riel Casimero (29-4, 20 KOs) has failed to finalize a unification bout against WBA “Super” and IBF world Bantamweight champion Naoya Inoue. Out of frustration, he has decided to move on. The 3-time and 3-division world champion will now make the first defense of the WBO world Bantamweight belt. His opponent will be Duke Micah (24-0, 19 KOs) of Ghana.

Casimero – Micah will take place on September 26 in Uncasville, Connecticut on Showtime. It will be the opening televised bout to what is already a power-packed fight card. The card will feature a 154-pound world title unification showdown between WBC champ Jermell Charlo and IBF/WBA “Super” World Junior Middleweight champion Jeison Rosario. Also featuring is WBC world Middleweight champion Jermall Charlo defending his title against former two-time world title challenger Sergiy Derevyanchenko.

The 31-year-old from Ormoc City, Leyte, Philippines had been in hot pursuit of a showdown against Inoue ever since his stoppage win over Zolani Tete to capture the belt in November 2019.

A fight between the two was on schedule for April 25 in Las Vegas. However, the coronavirus outbreak would see the fight postponed. Then there was the issue of monetary renegotiations of the fight. That still leaves the hassle of waiting to see if and when Inoue would be allowed to leave his native country of Japan in order to reschedule the fight.


With nothing finalized regarding a fight against the Japanese superstar, Team Casimero has decided to go another direction. Sean Gibbons, President of MP Promotions, during an interview with The Phillippine Star shared the news.

“Casimero’s disappointed that he won’t face Inoue but it’s out of his control and Casimero, as a world champion, is moving on. He waits for no one.

If all goes well, Showtime has lots of fights and opportunities. It’s not certain if Casimero will return home after the September 26 bout, but if Showtime lines up more fights with bigger paydays, he might just stay in Las Vegas.”

Assuming he gets by Micah, Gibbons is already looking forward to other opportunities. He would love for Casimero to fight either former WBA/WBO world Junior Featherweight champion Guillermo Rigondeaux or former WBC world Bantamweight champ Luis Nery.

By: Michael Wilson Jr.

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