MANILA, Philippines – One more, three more.
Johnriel Casimero, who unites the bantamweight division, has its sights set on the biggest name of the bantamweight division in Naoya Inoue, Japan, after the former defending champion Zolani Tete was torn off in three rounds.
"I want to fight Inoue and know who is the better fighter between us," said Casimero, the newly-formed tripartite champion, on the Philippine side during the Philippine Sportswriters Association (PSA) forum on Tuesday at the Amelie Hotel Manila.
The undefeated Inoue (19-0, 16 KOs), who has fought only twice outside of Japan, is the current IBF and WBA champion in the £ 118 division.
"My goal is to get all four straps," said Casimero.
This upcoming showdown between the two could take place in either Las Vegas or Los Angeles after Inoue signed a new multi-year contract with Top Rank.
“I think you want to introduce Inoue to the US market. That was the idea of signing a top-tier contract with Bob Arum. So I probably see the fight in Las Vegas or Los Angeles, ”said Sean Gibbons, President of Manny Pacquiao International Promotions.
Gibbons sees the union around April next year, but the schedule will still depend on Inoue's recovery from the facial injuries he inflicted on Filipino star Nonito Donaire last month.
Although Donaire lost, Gibbons said the exchange festival had revealed some weaknesses in Inoue's defense.
“Nonito Donaire showed many shortcomings in Inoue. Inoue is a great offensive fighter, but he has a lot of holes defensively, ”he said.
"I think Casimero is what Nonito Donaire was seven years ago, in his age, experience, strength, general boxing skills," added Gibbons. "I really think he has the style and power to take over Inoue."
The undefeated Frenchman Nordine Oubaali holds the WBC title.
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