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Casimero retains WBO title, drops Micah with 3rd round TKO

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."