Boxing: No fight between John Riel Casimero, Naoya Inoue for now, says Bob Arum


Posted at Apr 23 2020 11:22 PM

The longer the COVID-19 pandemic drags on, the lesser the odds that the triple bantamweight title unification bout between John Riel Casimero and Naoya Inoue will push through.

Top Rank Inc. chief Bob Arum said this is so, because Casimero and Inoue are currently in separate locations. 

Casimero is currently in Las Vegas, where the bout was supposed to take place on April 25, while Inoue is holed up in his native Japan.

Arum said he was hoping to hold the event even without spectators.

“One thing we were considering is having Casimero go over to Japan and do that fight in Japan,” the long-time boxing promoter said in an article on

“At one point it appeared possible. It’s no longer possible"

Arum cited that COVID-19 cases have really picked up in Japan, which is why holding a closed door bout there cannot happen.

“Unfortunately, it looks like we have to put that fight on the back burner," said Arum.

"Casimero has stayed in the United States, in Las Vegas, and perhaps we can talk to his people and do another fight for him."

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