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.