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Wanting a bigger name, Casimero looks at Inoue


John Riel Casimero hopes to return to the ring in November. —AFP

If it were for John Riel Casimero’s camp, he would go after Japanese star Naoya Inoue right away instead of looking for another date with fellow Filipino champion Nonito Donaire Jr.

Nonoy Neri, head coach of the rapidly rising World Boxing Organization bantamweight champion, said Casimero would like to face Inoue as soon as possible for the big fight Casimero has been chasing for a long time.

Casimero’s constant call to Inoue seemed to have caught the attention of the Japanese camp, prompting the boxer known as “The Monster” to say “please organize a match.”

Whoever the opponent is, Neri said Casimero is likely to take the stage in November. His neighborhood is expected to return to the Philippines soon.

“He wants the big fight. He wants Inoue, ”Neri said. “But it will be the decision of Sean Gibbons (president of MP Promotions).”

Gibbons had previously said that they are trying to make a deal once more with Donaire after the first one fell through four weeks ago due to the drug testing problem.

Donaire first

For Gibbons, it will have to be Casimero-Donaire first, before Inoue faces the winner of the all-Filipino match.

But Donaire claimed that the Casimero camp has not yet contacted its promoter. And until then, the World Boxing Council champion said that everything about his alleged fight is just “antics and talk.”

“We are currently weighing real options and we are not going to consider this as it was clearly just a talk,” Donaire wrote on his Twitter account.

Donaire didn’t elaborate on those options, but clearly, the biggest names at 118 pounds right now are Casimero and the title holder of the World Boxing Association of Japan and the International Boxing Federation.

Casimero has gained a huge following in the United States due to his striking personality and aggressive style. But he did not make any exhibition two weeks ago against the Cuban Guillermo Rigondeaux.

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