Boxing: John Riel Casimero’s camp targets July 25 fight date with Naoya Inoue


Posted at May 08 2020 03:57 AM

John Riel Casimero's camp is angling toward a planned triple world bantamweight title bout with Japan's Naoya "The Monster" Inoue for some time in July.

“We’ll get a clearer picture of the situation by next week,” said MP Promotions president Sean Gibbons in an article posted on

“But right now, we’re going with the target date of the last Saturday of July, which is July 25."

Gibbons said a target fight date will be good for Casimero since it allows him to plan his training and diet.

Casimero is currently staying in Las Vegas, just waiting for the COVID-19 pandemic to die down before pushing for the bout.

"Without a fight date, it’s hard to sustain your intensity in training. It’s hard to focus. But now with a fight date, everyone’s excited and it’s back to serious Monster-hunting business,” said Gibbons.

Casimero was supposed to take on Inoue on April 25, but that was shelved due to the outbreak of the coronavirus.

Since Inoue could not fly from Japan to meet Casimero in Las Vegas, Top Rank Inc. chief promoter Bob Arum suggested that the Filipino should take on Joshua Greer instead.

But Casimero said he'd rather wait for Inoue.

“I was told by Mr. (Akihiko) Honda that Inoue is coming and we’ll be fighting in Las Vegas,” said Gibbons.

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