CASIMERO READY FOR WAR

Daily Tribune (Philippines) - - LIFESTYLE - BY NICK GIONGCO @tri­bunephl_nick

John Riel Casimero will wake up Tues­day to the knock of a Con­necti­cut com­mis­sion of­fi­cial for one of two COVID-19 tests lead­ing up to his first de­fense of the World Box­ing Or­ga­ni­za­tion (WBO) ban­tamweight ti­tle.

Casimero faces Ghana­ian chal­lenger Duke Micah on 26 Septem­ber at the Un­casville, Con­necti­cut with former world cham­pion Bones Adams and cut­man Stephen Lu­nas and Sean Gib­bons man­ning his cor­ner.

Jayson Casimero, the champ’s brother, is also mak­ing the trip to Con­necti­cut but he will be stay­ing in a dif­fer­ent ho­tel “as he wont be part of the bub­ble (setup),” Gib­bons said.

“He’s ready to go and ready to rum­ble,” ex­claimed Gib­bons just be­fore they took a hop to Den­ver en route to Hart­ford where they will be picked up for an hour’s drive to Un­casville.

Gib­bons said the fo­cus now is on bring­ing down Casimero’s weight to the ban­tam limit of 118 pounds (lbs) by Fri­day, the day he and Micah step on the scales for the weigh in.

But be­fore do­ing so, Casimero, Micah and their re­spec­tive han­dlers would un­dergo an­other round of swab tests, the only time both camps would know if the fight is pro­ceed­ing or not.

Prior to leav­ing Las Ve­gas for the East Coast, Casimero scaled in at 121 lbs af­ter months of work­ing un­der con­di­tion­ing coach Memo Here­dia’s top­notch fit­ness pro­gram.

PHO­TO­GRAPH BY SEAN GIB­BONS

JOHN Riel Casimero ar­rives in Con­necti­cut to de­fend his WBO ban­tamweight crown.

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