clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

Naoya Inoue, John Riel Casimero ‘agreed to terms’ for April 25 unification

Inoue holds the IBF and WBA “super” titles, while Casimero knocked out Zolani Tete for the WBO belt.

Naoya Inoue v Nonito Donaire - WBSS Bantamweight Final Photo by Toru Hanai/Getty Images
Patrick Stumberg is a freelance writer for SB Nation, first joining the network in 2011 before linking up with Bad Left Hook in 2015.

Naoya Inoue’s Top Rank debut is reportedly set, and it looks like a doozy. According to Mike Coppinger, Inoue and WBO champion John Riel Casimero have “agreed to terms” for a unification, “likely April 25 in Las Vegas.”

Bob Arum mentioned that date as Inoue’s (19-0, 16 KO) likely debut back in December; “The Monster” has been on the mend from the fractured orbital he suffered in his Fight of the Year against Nonito Donaire and only recently returned to training. The IBF had ordered him to face Michael Dasmarinas, who won a final eliminator in March, but the sanctioning body’s own rules stipulate that unification takes precedence.

That’s good for us, because this looks like an absolute banger. Casimero (29-4, 20 KO) is also a three-weight world champion, claiming titles at 108, 112, and 118, and absolutely smashed one of the world’s top bantamweights in Zolani Tete last November. “Quadro Alas,” who also owns knockout wins over Amnat Ruenroeng and Charlie Edwards, is a destructive, aggressive puncher who hasn’t been stopped since a 2011 loss to Moruti Mthalane and should be willing to slug it out with Japan’s most fearsome export.

Between the potential for ultraviolence and the lingering questions over how much damage Inoue sustained against Donaire, this is one to look forward to. Now let’s see if they can’t pit the winner of this against the winner of Nordine Oubaali vs. Nonito Donaire for undisputed status.

Sign up for the newsletter Sign up for the Bad Left Hook Daily Roundup newsletter!

A daily roundup of all your global boxing news from Bad Left Hook