Casimero tightens up preps against Inoue of Japan

The two top bantamweights will square off this April 25 (

By Leobert Julian A. de la Peña

This may be John Riel Casimero’s toughest opponent in as many years.

Up against Naoya “The Monster” Inoue of Japan, Casimero is confident that he can take anybody in the ring, even the Japanese slugger for the Unification of the bantamweight title.

Fresh off a dominating unanimous decision win against Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire, Casimero vows to avenge the loss of his compatriot against the same opponent.

Casimero applauded Inoue’s punching prowess, saying that the Japanese had heavy hands but believes that he is still the better puncher.

“Inoue has this shock punch that he throws and I should be very careful but I believe that I hit harder than him,” said Casimero.

Manny Pacquiao (MP) Promotions president Sean Gibbons also believes that Casimero can stun Inoue with his power.

“April 25th, everybody here in the Philippines will absolutely know who John Riel Casimero is,” Gibbons said after commending the Filipino slugger.