Boxing: Casimero grinds it out as he waits for Inoue bout


Posted at Mar 19 2020 11:09 PM

Boxing: Casimero grinds it out as he waits for Inoue bout 1
John Riel Casimero stays busy in camp. From Casimero's Facebook page

World bantamweight champion John Riel Casimero keeps himself busy in training despite the postponement of his title unification bout with Japan’s Naoya Inoue.

Casimero has been staying in Las Vegas since last Sunday and he did nothing but train just in case the bout pushes through.

“Pagtapos training uwi sa bahay, training ulit, pagtapos uwi sa bahay,” said Casimero, the reigning WBO bantamweight champion, in his online interaction with fans.

Casimero underwent a month-long training with Mexican strength and conditioning trainer Memo Heredia and Cuban coach guru Pedro Roque to prepare for Inoue, the super WBA/IBF titleholder.

They were supposed to square off at the Mandalay Resort and Casino April 25, but the showdown was postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak.

This, however, did not stop the Ormoc native from keeping himself in shape. Casimero told fans he is determined to blast the unbeaten and fancied Inoue.

“Durog ‘yan, automatic. Dudurugin natin 'yan guys,” said Casimero. “Aggressive siya. Pero tayo aggressive din. Nagpe-prepare talaga tayo. Matira matibay ito.”

If he gets to unify the crowns, Casimero said he would be willing to take on the victor between WBC champion Nordine Oubaali and mandatory challenger Nonito Donaire.

Casimero prays for a Donaire win.

“’Pag nanalo si Donaire at nanalo din ako, maglalaban kami. Walang problema ‘yan. Kaya ipray natin na manalo si Donaire at manalo ako.”

For more sports coverage, visit the ABS-CBN Sports website.