Casimero to fight tough American boxer instead

April 27, 2020

A tough American fighter named Joshua Greer looms as Johniel Casimero's opponent.

Casimero was scheduled to fight Japanese Naoya Inoue in a highly-awaited showdown last April 25, but the bantamweight unification bout was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Speaking to Boxing Scene, Top Rank boss Bob Arum named  Greer as a possible challenger for Casimero, who holds the WBO bantamweight championship.

"One of the possible fights we're talking about is Joshua Greer, our kid from Chicago. He (Greer) was gonna fight Jason Maloney, so we could have him fight Casimero. That's a good, competitive fight," Arum explained.

Greer, who holds a 22-1-1 record, was supposed to fight Maloney in the undercard of the Casimero-Inoue fight card. That, too, has been put on hold because of the COVID-19 outbreak.

Casimero (29-4) is currently staying in Las Vegas where he continues to train even after the postponement of the Inoue bout. Greer, who trains out of Chicago, has welcomed the opportunity to take on the 31-year-old Filipino.

Greer called Casimero a "wild guy" with an unpredictable style -- something that the Filipino put in full display last November when he stunned South Africa's Zolani Tete to win the bantamweight belt.

"It's a good match-up," said Greer. "I'm just looking for the winner. I'm gonna take care of my business against Jason Maloney, beat him, and I'm looking toward the winner. I'm ready for either one."