John Riel Casimero KO’s Duke Micah in statement performance.
John Riel Casimero proved again that he is one of the game’s best finishers. Casimero notched his sixth consecutive knockout win and successfully retained his WBO World Bantamweight title via vicious third-round stoppage over Ghana’s Duke Micah.
A hard right by Micah (24-1, 19 KOs) toward the end of the first may have been a major reason why Casimero didn’t press advantage. Micah started the second strong but his momentum was halted by a hard left hook from Casimero. Micah immediately lost control of his legs. He never regained them.
Casimero poured it on, driving Micah to the canvas with a series of power shots. The Ghanaian gamely rose to his feet, stumbling around as Casimero sought to close the show.
Micah escaped the second but when a left uppercut staggered him again, referee Steve Willis stepped in and rescued him at 0:54 of the third round.