MANILA -- Conditioning coach Justin Fortune encourages athletes to keep themselves in shape even as they wait for the resumption of their events as the COVID-19 epidemic goes on.
But he warned them, including MP Promotions fighter John Riel Casimero, not to overtrain.
Casimero, like many other boxing champions, had to extend his training time while waiting for news about his next bout.
“Casimero’s got to be careful not to burn out,” Fortune told Philboxing.
“He’ll need to adjust and slow down to train maybe, three or four days in a week. He should stay about 60 percent in shape then once the new fight date is confirmed, he’ll work to 100 percent in three to four weeks.”
“Quadro Alas” has trained for a whole month in Miami, Florida under conditioning expert Memo Heredia before moving to Las Vegas for the remainder of his camp.
However, the COVID-19 pandemic forced promoters to temporarily shelve his April triple unification bout with Naoya Inoue. He was supposed to stake his WBO bantamweight belt for Inoue’s WBA/IBF crowns.
Fortune sees an exciting fight between the two.
“Inoue’s tough and very talented but Casimero’s a real warrior, going around the world, winning and not afraid to fight anyone, anywhere,” he said.
“(Nonito) Donaire beat up Inoue bad in their fight (last November) and it remains to be seen if Inoue has recovered completely. Inoue might not be the same anymore, he could get gun-shy. People think Donaire’s past his prime but look at what he did to Inoue. This fight could go either way.”