CASIMERO READY FOR WAR
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.
JOHN Riel Casimero arrives in Connecticut to defend his WBO bantamweight crown.