FILIPINO WBO bantamweight champion John Riel Casimero will face WBA/IBF champion Naoya Inoue at The Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada on April 25.
Casimero, who has a 29-4 record with 20 KOs, is confident of beating Inoue (19-0, 16 KOs).
"I wanna win against Inoue period. A knockout win would be sweet, while a unanimous decision victory will also be okay," said Casimero in a recent interview with Clutch City Boxing.
"I’m confident because I have been given by God excellent boxing talent and I’m training smartly under qualified boxing coaches Lucas Sugar Ting, Nonoy Neri, Jason Casimero, and my conditioning coach, the living legend Angel Memo Heredia Hernandez," he added.
Although he is promoted by Manny Pacquiao’s MP Promotions and has won world titles in three divisions (light-flyweight, flyweight, and bantamweight), Casimero is relatively unknown in the United States and is currently a 7-2 underdog against Inoue, according to Las Vegas oddsmakers.
Recently signed for Top Rank, the power-punching Inoue will enter the bout with all the hype and is considered one of the top 10 pound for pound best boxers in the world, but Casimero isn’t intimidated in the least.
In fact, it was Casimero who called out Inoue immediately after he demolished Zolani Tete in three rounds last November, shouting, “Come on Inoue, come on Monster, fight me!”
Casimero has been very calculated in his preparation for his bantamweight unification bout.
"Coach Memo makes me snappy and have endurance and stamina. Coach Memo is very strict but enjoyable during our hard workouts. He also helps me with nutrition, including the best vitamins and minerals," said Casimero.