FILE – John Riel Casimero works with the Cuban trainer Pedro Roque on the gloves, photo by the Casimero team
The highly anticipated showdown between Filipino John Riel Casimero and Japanese Naoya Inoue, scheduled for next month, has been postponed due to the pandemic coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
In addition to defending the bantamweight title at Casimero-Inoue, two other World Cup fights, including Jerwin Ancajas & # 39; clash with Mexican challenger Jonathan Rodgriguez, were put on hold by boxing promotion company Top Rank.
"The health and safety of our fighters, employees, and ESPN's incredible production team is the most important thing as we plan our next steps," said Bob Arum, chief of Top Rank, in a press release on Tuesday, postponing all events to April
"We are looking forward to the day when we can bring our loyal fans back world-class boxes, but caution is currently the most prudent approach."
The clash between the Russian Artur Beterbiev and the Chinese challenger Meng Fanlong, which was planned for March 28 in Quebec City, Canada, was also postponed.
Casimero (29-4, 20 KOs), the reigning WBO title holder, and Inoue (19-0, 16 KOs), the current WBA and IBF champion, should meet in the ring at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas on April 25, two weeks after Ancajas’s super flyweight fight at The Cosmopolitan, also in Sin City.
Top Rank added that events will be rescheduled "as soon as this is safe and reasonable".
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