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Heavy-favorite John Riel Casimero ready for first title defense


After months of waiting in the United States, “Quatro Alas” is ready to go all-in in Connecticut.

John Riel Casimero’s first title defense has been given a go-signal as he and opponent Duke Micah made weight for their bout on Sunday (Philippine time), Saturday morning.

Both champion and challenger easily passed the 118-pound limit for the WBO World Bantamweight Championship bout which will take place in the undercard of the Jermall Charlo-Sergiy Derevyanchenko fight at the Mohegan Sun Resort and Casino.

And this bout is a long time coming for Casimero.

The 30-year-old native of Ormoc City (29-4, 20KOs) has been stranded in the States since February.

A unification bout with Naoya Inoue was in the works but ultimately had to be scrapped due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Twice was the bout pencilled in but travel restrictions made it hard to be finalized.

The 29-year-old Ghanan owns a 24-0, 19KOs record. Though this is just his first crack at a world title, his last two wins came from formidable foes in Luis Roy Cruz and Janiel Rivera.

Las Vegas views Casimero as the dog with payouts ranging from minus-715 to a whopping -1,600.

Micah is a plus-615.

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