Boxing: Johnriel Casimero’s team targeting July 25th for Naoya Inoue title bout
ABS-CBN Sports on May 08, 2020 12:51 PM
"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.” - MP Promotions President Sean Gibbons on Johnriel Casimero's training (FILE PHOTO)
With his initial prediction of a May meeting with Naoya Inoue now out the window, Johnriel Casimero and his team are now looking at possibly a July 25th date for the bantamweight championship unification bout.
Casimero, the Filipino WBO Bantamweight World Champion, was initially scheduled to meet Inoue, the undefeated IBF, WBA, and The Ring Bantamweight World champion back in April 25th.
Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 pandemic leading to lockdowns, quarantines, and travel restrictions all over the world, Top Rank Boxing decided to postpone all their events in April and May, effectively putting the highly-anticipated title bout on hold.
Now, Casimero and his MP Promotions team are hoping to see the title bout materialize mid-year.
“We’ll get a clearer picture of the situation by next week, but right now, we’re going with the target date of the last Saturday of July, which is July 25,” said MP Promotions President Sean Gibbons via PhilBoxing.com.
Top Rank's Bob Arum also revealed that they will be resuming their cards by June.
Casimero has been in Las Vegas since March and has contiunously been training. Now with a fight date in mind, Gibbons says it’s back to business.
"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.”
A couple of weeks ago, Arum floated the idea of Casimero taking on Joshua Greer instead, given the uncertainty of Inoue’s travel capacities.
Gibbons however said they would rather wait and go ‘monster-hunting.’
“I was told by Mr. (Akihiko) Honda that Inoue is coming and we’ll be fighting in Las Vegas,” said Gibbons.