Ghana’s Duke Micah will take of John Riel Casimero the World Boxing Organisation (WBO) Bantamweight Champion on September 28, in the United States of America (USA).
It is the first opportunity for the Ghanaian at a world title, and the 29-year-old is convinced his time is due to realise his childhood ambitions of winning a world title.
In a virtual press conferemce the Ghanaian said “I’m coming there to win.
“This is my dream. This is what I’ve set my mind on since my childhood,” he declared.
Micah, 28, 24-0 (19 KOs), has the biggest of platforms to realize that dream. His fight versus Casimero is part of an unprecedented SHOWTIME Championship Boxing pay-per-view doubleheader, presented by Premier Boxing Champions (PBC), which will feature five world title matches, including world champion twin brothers, Jermall and Jermell Charlo, each in career-defining fights.
Casimero-Micah will be the opening bout on the first half of the doubleheader.
“I’m so thankful to be taking on Casimero, one of the best boxers from the Philippines, because I know he’s a very good opponent.,” said Micah. “That’s what I want and what the fans want to see, so we have to make it exciting.
“We’ve been training hard for this fight because we know Casimero is a very good boxer. He knows what he’s doing and I also know what I’m doing so I’ve been preparing myself to come to the ring in the best shape possible.
“I’ve watched Casimero before and I know the way he fights so that’s why we’ve been training hard and doing everything right so we can bring the victory back home to Ghana.”
“The people who think I don’t have a chance are not in my shoes,” Micah declared. “I know he’s a good boxer but this is what I’ve been doing since my childhood. Whatever anybody else thinks, I’m the one in the ring, so nobody else’s thoughts really matter. I know this won’t be an easy fight for me, but it’s what I’ve always wanted.
“This is my dream. This is what I’ve been looking for because I know he’s a good boxer. I’m doing this for me and my family, my daughter and my son. I’ve been trying for a long time. I’m hungry for this. People will see good boxing and I’m confident that I’ll bring the title back to Ghana. My goal is to be one of the best boxers from Ghana.”
It’s been a long road for the Ghanaian, a precocious talent from the Bukom area in Accra. After representing his country at the 2012 Olympics, where he lost a razor-thin decision to Mick Conlon in the round of 16, Micah quickly tore through local opposition in Ghana.
In 2016, he began camping in the UK, stopping three consecutive opponents prior to a hard-fought decision over Matthew Chanda. Then in 2017, he relocated to America, signing with now-defunct promotional outfit, Real Deal Boxing.