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Casimero eyes early U.S. buildup

The weather is hot and humid so it won’t be hard reducing weight.

Nick Giongco



JOHN Riel Casimero (left) kicks off his training camp in Taguig. / PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY OF MARC LONTAYAO

John Riel Casimero didn’t mind showing up for the first day of training camp looking like he had been spending a lot of time raiding the buffet table.

“Shedding off weight is going to be easy,” Casimero told Daily Tribune as the reigning World Boxing Organization (WBO) bantamweight champion kicked off his buildup for the 14 August showdown with Cuban legend Guillermo Rigondeaux in the United States.

Casimero explained that the summer heat is going to help him get rid of excess baggage.

“The weather is hot and humid so it won’t be hard reducing weight,” Casimero said just before working out at the Glenford Boxing Gym in Taguig City.

Casimero is notorious for massive weight gain in-between fights but the Leyte-born puncher swears hard work in the gym makes up for that.

Besides, by the time he arrives in the United States for the most crucial phase of the preparation, renowned strength coach Memo Heredia will be there to lend a helping hand.

“I would like to leave for the States by June and not later than July,” he said.

Heredia, who was tapped by Juan Manuel Marquez for the fourth Manny Pacquiao fight that produced a sixth-round knockout win for the Mexican, is a game-changer, stressed Casimero.

“He makes you strong and durable,” Casimero said of Heredia.

Casimero is one of four reigning Filipino world champions and is the most celebrated owing to his colorful character and caliber of opponents he has faced.

His last two victories have come against high-level opposition.

In November 2019, Casimero scored a savage knockout of South African Zolani Tete in Birmingham, England, to capture the WBO 118-lb crown.

He followed it up with an equally smashing demolition of previously undefeated Ghanaian Duke Micah in Uncasville, Connecticut in October 2020 for the first defense of the title.

Now that Casimero is in training-mode, it will just be a matter of time before he reverts to beast-mode again.