REIGNING world bantamweight champion Johnriel Casimero looked buff and ready to go five days before he stakes his World Boxing Organization (WBO) title belt against Duke Micah.
The 30-year-old Casimero showed his toned body after his final Las Vegas workout before heading to Connecticut for his first title defense this Sunday (Manila time).
Casimero has been working out non-stop in the U.S. since February in anticipation then for his unification bout with unbeaten champion Naoya Inoue of Japan.
But what could have been a career-fight didn’t push through following the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, forcing the Casimero camp to look for a fight elsewhere so as not to waste the long period of time he stayed juggling his training camp from Miami to Las Vegas.
Sean Gibbons, president of Manny Pacquiao (MP) Promotions, found one in the 29-year-old Ghanaian Micah, who sports a 24-0 record with 19 knockouts.
Micha also represented his country in the 2012 London Olympics.
But he has yet to face any quality opponent like Casimero has.
The Filipino warrior (29-4, 20 KOs) is now a three-time world champion, having destroyed Zolani Tete in his last bout in November to win the WBO 118-lbs belt.
Heading to Connecticut, Gibbons said Casimero has had no problem with his weight, a perennial concern for the native of Ormoc City his previous fights.
Filipino trainer Nonoy Neri won’t be with Casimero in the fight as working his corner is chief second Bones Adam and cutman Stephen Lunas.