PANAMA TO HOST IBF TITLE FIGHT IN MARCH
Press Release: Sampson Boxing and Best Boxing announced a Panama City boxing event in which two Panamanians will face two Filipinos on March 16th at the Megapolis Convention Center and Hard Rock Hotel of Panama Avenida Balboa. In the main event, IBF 108-pound titlist Jon Riel Casimero (17-2, 10 KOs) will make the second defense of his belt against hometown hero Luis Alberto "Pan Blanco" Rios (18-1-1, 13 KOs). The 22-year-old Casimero won his title in February 2012 in a wild affair in Argentina against Luis Alberto Lazarte, which saw both fighters down multiple times and both fighters losing several points for fouls. The eventual TKO10 awarded to Casimero sparked one of the worst riots in recent boxing history.
In the co-feature, former two-time world titlist Roberto "La Arana" Vasquez (32-5-1, 22 KOs) of Panama will face John Mark "Iceman" Apolinario (17-2-2, 4 KOs) of the Philippines in a rematch of a November draw. The [meaningless] WBA interim bantamweight belt [it is the lowest of the WBA's three 118-pound titles] will be at stake.
"I am very proud to be bringing this unforgettable night of boxing to the Panamanian people," said promoter Sampson Lewkowicz. "The Megapolis Convention Center in Panama City is a beautiful place for a fight and my partner Carlos Gonzalez and I are honored to be able to present it."