When Duke Micah mounts the ring on Saturday night his undertaking will be easy proper the wrongs of Ghana boxing in the very last two calendar year.
He need to prevail over Filipino John Riel Casimero by any suggests legal to gain the WBO bantamweight title.
The last two several years have been a rollercoaster, two titles were received and missing and dropped in spectacular style. Isaac Dogboe’s WBO Super Bantamweight title reset the clock for Ghana boxing after seven several years with out a earth title.
He defeat Jessie Magdaleno in March 2018 to get it but by December he experienced lost it to Emmanuel Navarette. He was not able to avenge his defeat to Navarette in May perhaps 2019 and when Teofimo Lopez’s flash suitable landed absolutely on the encounter of Richard Commey in their December 2019 showdown, Ghana finished the 12 months without the need of a earth winner in spite of the promise of the preceding two yrs.
Commey had decimated Isa Chaniev to annex the IBF Lightweight strap and blew absent Raymundo Beltran in his only defense right before losing in two rounds to Lopez. Ghana boxing finished the many years 2018 and 2019 without having titles, Micah’s process is to proper individuals wrongs.
Micah goes into Saturday’s struggle on the again of three contests in the past 3 several years, a knockout victory against Luis Roy Suarez Cruz which came in-involving underwhelming unanimous and break up choice victories towards Janiel Rivera and Thomas Snow.
The chat amongst professionals is that his performance has noticed a decline given that he begun going through much more quality opponents. 14 of his 1st 15 fights, which ended up all in Ghana have been gained through knockouts.
The concern has always been about the good quality of these opponents but what is particular is that he’s been in the ring in opposition to greater opposition in his final 3 or four fights.
The results have not been as convincing as his previously several years. This is the explanation several are sceptical about his possibilities as Micah faces a person who has gained titles in 3 unique weight lessons.
His opponent has been a lot more lively and significantly additional dominant. John Riel Casimero has fought 5 occasions in between 2018 and 2019 and none went the total length.
Casimero also has the gain of being the more professional fighter. His 2007 experienced debut came 5 yrs and 4 months ahead of Micah’s in 2012.
The Filipino has fought a complete 219 experienced rounds, 10 moments more than his Ghanaian opponent’s 120 rounds, that’s a enormous 99 qualified rounds more than Micah.
How will this struggle be received or dropped?
Micah has a three-inch top gain around his opponent and it makes sense for him to sustain some gap with his for a longer period reach. The achieve edge ought to allow him to dictate the rate of this struggle and exactly where the action happens in the ring.
Retaining the length will have to have a large amount of motion from the undefeated Ghanaian.
Casimero’s work will be to near that hole since he need to get near to allow him to hit his target. He depends a ton on his energy suitable and is generally on the lookout for the big punch.
This was obvious in his fight towards Zolani Tete. For two rounds the Filipino was stalked his opponent in a bid to land that significant suitable hand. It came in the third spherical and did more than enough destruction to win him the title.
Micah have to not engage from the off. Casimero’s shorter body allows him to duck punches and land overhand legal rights. He’s limited and he fights short. Casimero’s defense is not good but I suspect Micah does not possess the velocity to do the job off counter-attacks.
If this battle will be received on the scorecards, it will be Duke Micah and for that to take place the Ghanaian need to be at his fantastic most effective.
Casimero’s the latest form indicates an early knockout will go in his favour. If Micah can drag this for as prolonged as the ultimate a few rounds, he just could possibly be equipped to choose out the winner. This battle will be won dependent on how properly exclusive the strengths of every single boxer is utilized.
What they’ve been saying
Micah: “I’m coming to win. This is my dream. This is what I’ve been crying for a long time. This is a childhood aspiration. I’ve often dreamt of getting a planet champion so I thank God for the prospect to battle just one of the ideal boxers from the Philippines. This is what the lovers want to see.”
“Training has been superior. We know Casimero is quite fantastic boxer. You just cannot underrate any opponent. He is aware what he’s been executing and so do I, and that why I’m getting ready to occur to the ring and set on a very good present.”
Casimero: “This struggle is a very good combat. I know my opponent is a very good fighter. He’s undefeated but I’ll do my greatest to earn this struggle. Maybe right after this struggle, I’ll get the unification struggle. My motivation is my daughter and my spouse and children. I’ll do my best.”
“I’ve been training for a prolonged time simply because of the pandemic so I’m completely ready. If I end this combat I’ll be all set for the following obstacle, possibly Inoue.”
What is at stake?
John Riel Casimero is aiming for larger evenings, nights in the form of Shell out for each watch gatherings towards Naoye Inoue. The Japanese superstar is one particular of boxing’s most significant attraction and a struggle could have happened but for the coronavirus pandemic.
This fight is happening only since Inoue vs Casimero, a unification fight didn’t materialize. If Casimero loses from Micah, the Inoue aspiration will be misplaced along with his WBO Bantamweight title.
Duke Micah has usually been touted as 1 of Ghana boxing’s brightest prospects due to the fact his days in the amateur ranks. On Saturday night time he has the probability to etch his name in gold by introducing to the country’s wealthy legacy.
Ghana’s boxing legacy has been created on winning globe titles, 9 to be specific since DK Poison conquer Rubén Olivares in 1975 to gain the initial.
Crucially, victory will indicate the nation can strategy 2021 with renewed optimism and close the development of the previous two many years in which titles gained hardly ever designed it to the adhering to 12 months.
Micah mounts the ring as the underdog acquiring been picked as the WBO’s quantity 11 ranked bantamweight for this voluntary title defense, but can he upset the odds and acquire Ghana’s 10th boxing globe title?