Philippine bantamweight boxing sensation to the world Johnriel Casimero liked to say that he would let his next opponent, the undefeated Japanese world champion Naoya Inoue, feel his power the moment they compete.
This was before the fatal global boom in the coronavirus pandemic that caused the postponement and cancellation of major international sporting events.
Before the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo were postponed, Top Rank Inc.'s Inoue Casimero triple championship battle, originally scheduled for April 25 in Las Vegas, was postponed indefinitely.
Casimero, who peaked in Las Vegas after a month-long camp in Miami, Florida, got stuck.
Nothing wrong, coach Nonoy Neri told seasoned sports journalist Joaquin Henson as he quickly assured Casimero, the 118-pound WBO champion, against Inoue, owner of the WBA and IBF bantamweight titles, at his best would be.
Good, but there is a problem: there is no indication of when the championship will finally be held.
They did what was necessary in their rented Las Vegas quarters, Neri claimed.
Casimero works with gloves every morning for 15 to 16 rounds. The afternoon part of the training was reserved for sessions with the famous physical fitness guru, Memo Heredia.
Incidentally, before he could leave for Florida, Casimero assured during a spontaneous press conference in a Makati City hotel last February how he would hunt and hunt Inoue.
"He called the monster, but I'm the real monster," Casimero called during a media conference in front of a cardboard cutout from Inoue.
Casimero had also assured that he would let Inoue feel his knockout power early on.
In an astonishing twist, Neri announced a change in her original strategy. Casimero would no longer try to give the go-ahead.
Neri explained that after a thorough and serious review of the Inoue fighting in the film, a shift was considered necessary.
Casimero would not be forced to push and push. No space may be given to Inoue.
"Labas muna sa umpisa, jab and resign", Neri explained in detail of the new plot.
The truth was that Team Casimero wasn't sure whether Inoue had already arrived in Las Vegas or not.
There were previous tips that the Japanese superstar had in store in the game capital – "sabi nandito na raw".
Don't worry, Neri said, the great thing is that the shift that could lead to a two-month hiatus has given Casimero the option of groping through the absent Inoue, who could slip due to his fearsome style and balance sheet, and infect like a killer virus.
With a clearly lurking danger, Casimero, to repeat, would no longer be made to deepen and seek early murder.
Casimero would use his blazing knockout power to ultimately paralyze Inoue.
But after Casimero has fully assessed his most important opponent, it is to be expected that he will suffer additional pain in order not to fall on Inoue's incredible sharpness and enormous technical superiority.
It is a must for Casimero to build an airtight defense.
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