Just moments ago a press event in Japan took place to announce that the worst kept secret in boxing, was now official!
The event saw Japanese mega star Naoya Inoue (19-0, 16) [井上 尚弥], the unified the IBF and WBA Bantamweight champion, announce his much talked about April 25th bout with WBO champion John Riel Casimero (29-4, 20). Confirming that the venue for the event would be the Mandalay Bay.
At today's event Inoue stated "It's very exciting and I want to fight soon. It's meaningful for a three-group match. First in Las Vegas I want to clear it safely and move on to the next. " [Translated] He also went on to add "Las Vegas is the home of boxing and I'm proud to be the main event," [Translated]
He also went on to explain that he wanted to unify all 4 titles after this, and that this bout was a stepping stone to that.
In regards to Casimero, we saw Inoue explain " He is a wild fighter with the fierceness of a Filipino. He has a dangerous hard punch. I want to fight while paying attention to such a place." [Translated]
One interesting quote from Inoue regarded his reign at Super Flyweight, explaining "I originally wanted to play a unified match for Super Fly. I want to motivate such a matchmaking." [Translated] This wasn't particularly a surprise, given that Inoue called out other Super Flyweight champions, but it's nice to see his desire to unify has continued here and it's been a major focus of his signing with Top Rank.
From what we under-stand the hope was for Casimero to attend the event, but was unable to make it over due to visa issues,
(Image courtesy of daily.co.jp)
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