Boxing: John Riel Casimero must be best version of himself vs Inoue, says coach


Posted at Jun 12 2020 05:36 PM


Strength and conditioning coach Angel Heredia wants an explosive John Riel Casimero when the Filipino champion faces Japan's Naoya Inoue.

Heredia has rejoined Casimero's camp in Las Vegas, where the Filipino continues his preparation for the triple bantamweight title bout with the Japanese boxing superstar.

"It’s going to be our second camp together, so every camp it’s like you go to school. You go in your first grade, then second grade. You become better and better,” Heredia said in an article posted on

Heredia knows Inoue is a strong fighter, which is why Casimero has to be in top condition to overcome the Japanese.

“(Casimero) needs to be, obviously, in his best condition ever. He needs to be strong and fast. He needs to be explosive, and not only in the first round but also for the entire 12 rounds," said Heredia.

"So, hopefully, we will be in a very good shape — probably much better [than] when it was against [Zolani] Tete."

Casimero crowned himself the WBO bantamweight champion with a shock knockout victory over Tete, but knockout artist Inoue is a different breed of boxer, acknowledged Heredia.

"Every time you hit, you will be affected. And if you’re not in condition, you’ll be wasted. So, I want to sustain his mobility and [muscle] reaction [for a] longer time," said Heredia.
Casimero was scheduled to meet the IBF-WBA bantamweight champion in April in Las Vegas.

But now that COVID-19 restrictions are slowly being lifted, chances are that the two will meet in some time in July.

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