WORLD BOXING ORGANIZATION bantamweight champion JohnRiel “Quadro Alas” Casimero of the Philippines is ready to go into battle against undefeated Japanese World Boxing Association (WBA) and International Boxing Federation (IBF) champ “The Monster” Naoya Inoue of Japan in April.
A unification bout happening on April 25 in Las Vegas, Mr. Casimero (29-4) expressed his excitement over what they in their camp view as a huge fight that should solidify further his standing in boxing in the event of a victory.
“This is it. I’m excited for this fight. Inoue is a big challenge but I intend to fight it out and come away a winner,” said Mr. Casimero, a three-division champion, in the press conference announcing the big fight at the Amelie Hotel Manila in Malate on Wednesday.
“We are getting down to work and see how we can come up with a strategy that can effectively be used against Inoue,” the 30-year-old slugger added.
Mr. Casimero was to leave for Miami, Florida, today to set up camp and get his training rolling.
In the first month, on tap for him is strength and conditioning before elevating his preparation moving forward.
Ormoc native Mr. Casimero is coming off a win over South African Zolani Tete by way of a third-round knockout in Birmingham in November.
He is currently riding a five-fight winning streak, his last lost coming in September of 2017 at the hands of compatriot Julius Sultan.
Mr. Inoue (19-0), for his part, beat Filipino champion Nonito Donaire by unanimous decision in Saitama, Japan, also in November.
Since turning professional in 2012, the Japanese has copnquered all-comers put in his way en route to becoming a three-division champion as well.
Both fighters are making their second trip to the United States to fight.
But the Filipino has fought in more places, having gone to Nicaragua, China, Mexico, Argentina and the United Kingdom, among other places.
It something Mr. Casimero’s camp believes that would work to their advantage.
Considering the form Mr. Casimero is in, MP Promotions president Sean Gibbons said undefeated Mr. Inoue is in for a tough challenge in the April fight.
“Inoue picked the wrong Filipino to fight because JohnRiel will give it to him. Come April there would be a new WBA and IBF champion,” said Mr. Gibbons.
Mr. Casimero is managed by MP Promotions.
Coverage of the fight locally is in the process of being worked out, Mr. Gibbons said, adding, a huge fight like the Casimero-Inoue fight deserves to be seen by the Filipinos. — Michael Angelo S. Murillo