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Casimero: Naoya Inoue Is Scared Of Me; He's No Monster!

UNCASVILLE, Connecticut – John Riel Casimero asked if he could take off his mask at the start of his post-fight press conference Saturday night.

The colorful Filipino fighter didn’t want to hide his face while he spoke. He couldn’t hide his disdain for Naoya Inoue, either.

The WBO bantamweight champion called out the unbeaten Japanese star he was supposed to fight April 25 at Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. Casimero wants to fight Inoue next, assuming the heavily favored IBF/WBA bantamweight champ, who is nicknamed “Monster,” wins against Australian challenger Jason Moloney next month.

“Inoue, come on, man,” Casimero exclaimed. “You’re a monster, motherf--ker? You are no monster. You’re a Japanese turtle, not a monster, man. Inoue is scared of me. F--k, motherf--ker, come on! Next!”


The 31-year-old Casimero (30-4, 21 KOs), a three-division champion, stopped previously undefeated Duke Micah in the third round Saturday night at Mohegan Sun Arena. The hard-hitting Casimero dropped Micah (24-1, 19 KOs) in the second round and finished the Ghanaian challenger early in the following round of their scheduled 12-rounder for his WBO 118-pound crown.

Casimero expects the 27-year-old Inoue (19-0, 16 KOs) to tear through Moloney (21-1, 18 KOs) in similar fashion in a main event ESPN+ will stream October 31 from MGM Grand Conference Center in Las Vegas.

“Jason Moloney [wanted a fight with] me,” Casimero said, “but I don’t fight with [Moloney] because I know that’s easy for me, because I want Inoue. But, you know, Inoue, he fight Jason Moloney because that’s easy, man.”

Casimero had hoped to have his fight against Inoue rescheduled after it was scrapped due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Sean Gibbons, Casimero’s adviser, informed that it would’ve been difficult to put that bout back together from a financial standpoint until fans can attend in Las Vegas.

If even a limited number of fans could attend early in 2021, that could help generate the additional revenue required to reschedule an Inoue-Casimero clash. Gibbons made it clear, though, that he’ll pursue other fights for Casimero if Inoue isn’t interested in facing him in a bantamweight championship unification bout.

“The champ’s right here,” Gibbons said. “He’s always here. Inoue’s the one that ran away this time. They didn’t wanna fight whenever it was, the date we had coming up. They picked Moloney, an easy target. They could’ve took Casimero. They didn’t take it. So, Casimero’s here for [Guillermo] Rigondeaux, he’s here for [Luis] Nery, he’s here for Inoue, any of ‘em. You saw ‘The Monster.’ Casmiero’s ‘The Monster, The Real Monster.’ ”

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing. 

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by HumanBag on 09-30-2020

[QUOTE=Coreytrevor12;20785859]Thats an unfortunate situation for Casemiro but that's not Inoue's fault in any way. He's acting like Bob and Naoya pulled out.[/QUOTE] Tbf tho most fighters do that. Instead of calling out the promoters they call out the fighters even…

Comment by Coreytrevor12 on 09-30-2020

[QUOTE=HumanBag;20784097]Asking him to wait is asking too much. He was in the US for like since February training for a fight that kept getting delayed while cant be blamed on anyone due to covid is frustrating nonetheless, expenses are piling…

Comment by fourtheboys96 on 09-29-2020

As much as I want my countryman Casimero to win, I dont think he can do it against Inoue. Inoue just has more advantages - power, quickness, boxing skills, stamina. Inoue also has the chin to boot. Casimero is used…

Comment by Crow189 on 09-29-2020

[QUOTE=pasawayako;20783858]None. Inoue and arum cancel the fight because they know that casimero is too much of a threat.[/QUOTE] Pretty sure the match wouldn't have ever been made if they both thought of him as a threat. That being said, it's…

Comment by jackblack008 on 09-28-2020

Inoue showed his skills with in and out game, slick jabs as well. Watch his match with Donaire again He has lot to offer

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