Team Quadro Alas has landed in Connecticut and is ready for fight week.
Johnriel Casimero posted photos of him on Facebook with trainer Bones Adams, cutman Stephen Lunas, and chief handler Sean Gibbons after their plane touched down Monday night, September 21, from Las Vegas.
Casimero will stake the World Boxing Organization bantamweight crown against Ghanaian Duke Micah on Saturday, September 26 (Sunday, September 27, Manila time) at Mohegun Sun Casino in Uncasville.
"Let's go Team Quadro Alas," Casimero wrote on Instagram.
With Casimero looking ripped and hovering around the 118-pound limit, strength and conditioning guru Memo Heredia found no need to join the trip, according to Gibbons, president of MP (Manny Pacquiao) Promotions.
Heredia, however, will be monitoring Casimero's food intake up to the official weigh-in on Friday, September 25.
Adams, a former World Boxing Association super bantamweight champion who trained Casimero at his gym in Las Vegas, will man the Filipino's corner with Lunas.
A former child prodigy who once appeared with Tiger Woods in the TV show That's Incredible, Adams was tapped by Gibbons as Nonoy Neri, Casimero's regular trainer, is holed up in Davao City. Neri had returned to the Philippines in July, when it became clear Casimero's unification showdown with Naoya Inoue was not pushing through.
Though Casimero has fought in 10 countries en route to world titles in 3 divisions, the Showtime pay-per-view offering will only be his second in the United States.
He knocked out Mexican Ricardo Espinoza Franco in Carson, California, on April 19, 2019.
Casimero (29-4, 20 knockouts) is favored over Micah despite the Ghanaian's 24-0, 19 KO record. – Rappler.com