By Brian Yalung
For John Riel Casimero, it is back to square one after his comeback bid went through a stumbling block last December after his fight with Japanese boxer Ryo Akaho was ruled a no-contest.
That was overturned weeks later by the Korean Boxing Member’s Commission (KBMC) from a no-contest to a KO win in the second round for “Quadro Alas,” something that was also made possible with the help of the Games and Amusement Board (GAB).
As previously reported here on PTV Sports, the 33-year-old Ormoc native was happy about the development and is now focusing on his upcoming fights for 2023.
According to the latest update from the Casimero camp, the former IBF flyweight and WBO bantamweight champion has agreed to a three-fight deal with Japanese promoters TB Promotion and A-Sign Boxing Promotion on Tuesday, Jan. 3.
Casimero is expected to start training this January according to personal cutman and adviser Stephen Lunas.
It has yet to be decided as to where “Quadro Alas” will train for his next fight with Casimero left to decide if this will be held either in Japan or Thailand.
Lunas pointed out the impotance of weather conditions in choosing where Casimero will start training.
“Alam mo naman pagdating ng January o February sa Japan, napakalamig diyan. Sa Thailand, medyo warm doon. Maganda talaga mag-training yung medyo mainit, madaling pawisan ba… but like I said, final decision diyan ay si Quadro Alas,” Lunas explained.