Day before the match against Duke Micah, John Riel Casimero said that when he sees an opening, he would definitely go for the knockout.
The 30-year-old Casimero did that on Sunday after beating Micah with a 3rd round TKO at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, Connecticut to retain his WBO bantamweight belt.
With the win, Casimero improved to a 30-4 record with 21 knockouts. It was Micah's first loss of his career after 25 bouts.
Casimero found his groove early on, then knocked down Micah in the second round with a left hook. He followed that up by coming out aggressive in the third before a right uppercut sent Micah to the canvas.
After the match, Casimero called out Naoya Inoue, who was supposed to be his foe for a title unification fight this year. Inoue's camp, though, backed out when the COVID-19 pandemic struck.
Struggling to find the perfect words to say in English, Casimero didn't hold back during the post-fight presser.
"You know I'm strong, man. Come on, man. Inoue, you're a monster? Motherf***er," he said with a laugh. "You're no monster. You're a Japanese turtle. Inoue is scared of me... You're next."