Naoya Inoue can no longer take what he felt was disrespectful comments made by John Riel Casimero after the Filipino defeated Guillermo Rigondeaux last Sunday.
After the sleeper of a bout, the reigning World Boxing Organization bantamweight champion mocked his World Boxing Association, International Boxing Federation, and The Ring counterpart by flipping him off.
“Please organize a match,” said Inoue, who recently stopped Michael Dasmarinas last June to go to 21-0.
“Why should I be the good one? Is everyone’s image of Naoya Inoue a saint? A prince? Why do I have to keep silent even after I was provoked explicitly and was pointed out in the live broadcast?”
Ever since their bout last April 25, 2020 was scrapped due to the pandemic, Casimero, a native of Ormoc, has been chasing Inoue.
He would taunt Inoue every time he gets to not just on social media but in every interview he figures in.
Definitely, Casimero has gotten into the nerves of Inoue as the latter is pleading for the bout to take place but with one caveat — strict doping tests.
Drug testing has been the heated subject between Casimero and World Boxing Council champ Nonito Donaire as well.
“We firmly ask for strict doping tests so that the match will be made,” said Inoue.
“I hope it happens this year.”