Ghana’s Duke Micah promises a great battle when he faces WBO World Bantamweight Champion John Riel Casimero this Saturday, September 26.
The bout is part of what is, on paper, the best boxing card in many years. The SHOWTIME pay-per-view event, presented by Premier Boxing Champions (PBC), featuring six fights in all, including five world title bouts. The first-of-its-kind boxing doubleheader will be anchored by two main events. Headlining the first three-fight card, undefeated WBC World Middleweight Champion Jermall Charlo will defend his title versus top-rated contender Sergiy Derevyanchenko.
Following a 30-minute intermission, the second three-fight card will begin, headlined by WBC World Super Welterweight Champion Jermell Charlo, twin brother of Jermall, facing WBA/IBF Champion Jeison Rosario in an explosive unification bout.
Micah-Casimero will be the first bout of the evening and could steal the show.
“I’m so grateful for this moment,” said Micah (24-0, 19 KOs) during Wednesday’s final press conference. “This is a massive night for me. It all comes down to this and we are coming to win.”
The champion, who is a heavy favorite, didn’t mince his words.
“This is my first time on SHOWTIME so I want to give everyone watching an impressive performance. I’ll go for the knockout,” said Casimero (29-4, 20 KOs). “This is a big opportunity show the world who I am. I promise I will do my best this fight. I am extremely ready to give it my all.”
Micah responded, “Casimero is a good boxer, but I’m a different fighter than I’ve been in the past. I’ve improved my game so much working with Andre Rozier. The fans will see it on Saturday night, and they will become instant fans of my electrifying style.”
This will be Micah’s third consecutive bout under the PBC banner. A victory here could mean a shot at the winner of the December 12th Nordine Oubaali-Nonito Donaire world title fight, or other names such as Rau’Shee Warren, Guillermo Rigondeaux and Emmanuel Rodriguez.
But first Micah must get past Casimero, no easy task. The consensus is that Casimero will win inside the distance. Micah, says he’ll nullify his opponent’s movement and prodigious power
“I have to stick to my game plan. I expect my opponent to box and move,” said Micah. I’ve prepared for a couple attacks that I think he will use. I’ve never been more ready for a fight than I am for this one.