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Casimero KOs Micah to keep WBO belt

John Riel Casimero remains the WBO bantamweight champion after knocking out Ghanian opponent Duke Micah on Sunday at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut.

A devastating second round knockdown set the tone for Casimero’s dominance before eventually calling it a day in the next round.

Micah, 29, actually had a bright moment in Round 1, connecting on a right hook that momentarily rocked the 31-year-old Casimero.

But come Round 2, Casimero sent Micah down with a left hook before pummeling him the rest of the round.

Micah barely survived Round 2 and needed a clearance from the ring physician before referee Steve Willis started Round 3.

A couple of upper cuts from Casimero rocked Micah so bad that Willis stepped in to keep him from further damage.

Casimero moved to 30-4 in his career with 21 knockouts.

He officially claimed the WBO bantamweight belt after knocking out former champion Zolani Tete of South Africa during their bout December last year in Birmingham, England.

Casimero, stunned Tete with a solid right hand to the temple that knocked him down in the third round.

The WBO bantamweight title is the third world championship for Casimero who previously held the International Boxing Federation junior flyweight and flyweight crowns.*PNA

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