Naoya Inoue to meet John Riel Casimero in bantamweight title unification bout

first_imgThe 30-year-old Casimero (29-4, 20 knockouts) knocked out Zolani Tete of South Africa in November to capture the WBO title.Inoue resumed training in December after suffering facial fractures in November’s fight against Filipino superstar Nonito Donaire. Inoue entered that fight as IBF and WBA champ.In a bout voted “2019 Fight of the Year” by the Boxing Writers Association of America, Inoue won Donaire’s WBA super championship crown. GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES Naoya Inoue, John Riel Casimero KEYWORDS RELATED PHOTOScenter_img IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5 Bantamweight Naoya Inoue, the WBA’s super champion and IBF champion, will face WBO title holder John Riel Casimero of the Philippines on April 25 in Las Vegas, his gym said Friday.The 26-year-old Inoue will fight for the first time since winning the bantamweight final of the World Boxing Super Series in November. He has won all 19 of his pro bouts, including 16 by knockout. Naoya Inoue | KYODOlast_img read more

West Ham Gives Life Ban To Fans

first_imgWest Ham have handed lifetime bans to two fans who invaded the pitch during their 3-1 carabao Cup defeat to Tottenham on Wednesday at London Stadium.The first incident came before Spurs’ third goal, with the second shortly before the final whistle.Both fans were also arrested and charged by the police.West Ham released a statement saying: “Encroaching the pitch is a criminal offence that will not be tolerated by the club,”.The Hammers will to London Stadium’s operators as they try to determine how the fans got on the pitch.West Ham who are tenants at the stadium are still waiting to hear if they will be sanctioned by the Football Association for an earlier incident involving crowd trouble and pitch invasion against Burnley in March in which five supporters were given lifetime bans after the incident.Relatedlast_img read more

From soccer to rugby

first_imgThis time around, Martha Karl is all set to live her dream when she dons the red, black and gold colours for the PNG women’s rugby league team at this year’s world cup in Sydney, Australia.The shy Northern zone selected player has had world cup experience in football and now a different ball game in rugby league. Karl played rugby league for the 14 B Pirates in Lae and took up soccer as a way of keeping herself busy.She never thought she would make it into the FIFA Under 20 Women’s World Cup 2016 but she did.After hearing about PNG’s plans to field a women’s rugby league team in the WRLWC 2017, she knew this was her chance.Karl had almost had to drop out of Lae Secondary School during her year 12 but thanks to PNG Football Association, she was able to complete her studies at Goroka Grammar while juggling training at the National Sports Institute.The soft-spoken blond is currently upgrading her maths at the Department of Open and Distance Learning and has a simple message for younger girls who want to take up rugby league.“Taim blo stadi yu stadi, taim blo treining yu treining,” she said. (When it’s study time, you study and when it’s time to train, you train.)last_img read more