Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

Casimero vs. Rios Announced in Panama By Lewkowicz

By Carlos Costa

PANAMA CITY, Panama - International boxing promoter Sampson Lewkowicz announced his double world title mega promotion in which # 1 mandatory challenger Luis Alberto "Pan Blanco" Rios of Panama will battle Filipino IBF Jr. Flyweight World champion Johnriel Casimero and former 2-division champ Roberto "La Araña" Vasquez will fight again pinoy John Mark Apolinario for the vacant WBA interim bantamweight title on 16 March at the Megapolis Convention Center, Hard Rock Hotel here in Panama.

"Saturday, March 16 will be a memorable day of boxing in Panama and the reason i double: two Panamanian boxers will fight for world titles against two tough Filipino warriors in a setting of unparalleled Vegas-style comfort at the Megapolis Convention Center of the 5-star Hard Rock Hotel, one of the most spectacular convention centers in Latin America," commented Lewkowicz.

"I am so delighted to have this boxing card in Panama that one month before the fight I have already sent full payment of his purse to the Filipino world champion Johnriel Casimero," revealed the successful Las Vegas-based promoter.

"Yes, I already paid his purse to the Filipino team and you can ask them. How many promoters do that? Why I did it? Because I trust them. They (the Filipinos) already got their money. I believe that they will come to Panama to fight."

Some fans may think that it was not necessary. But Lewkowicz is no ordinary promoter. Not as well known as Bob Arum or Don King. But he feels as much passion for the sport of boxing as anyone and every person do business their own way.

In addition, Lewkowicz said "The Casimero-Rios will be a great title fight. May the best man win. To assure that, the officials will be neutral, all from the United States and Puerto Rico, appointed by the IBF," shared Lewkowicz today.

The officials for the Casimero-Rios IBF title fight are:

Referee: Benjy Esteves Jr. of New York City. The three judge Levi Martinez of New Mexico, Nelson Vazquez of Puerto Rico and Joe Garcia of Tucson, Arizona. The supervisor will be the IBF President himself, Mr. Darryl Peoples of New Jersey.

"PAN BLANCO" RIOS: AFTER TRAINING MY WEIGHT FLUCTUATES AROUND 117 LBS

"I have been training hard under the guidance of my handlers, doing things right and that after each workout I keep on weighing 117 lbs, and we are still about a month before the title fight," said the Panamanian challenger Luis "Pan Blanco" Rios during the plush presser.

The coaches of "Pan Blanco" are experienced trainer Orlando Soto and Jacinto "Chinto" Palacios and fitness and conditioning coach is Professor Arauz. In addition, the Panamanian is being cared for in every detail of his preparation by his managers Gerardo Herrera (manager of the year in Panama) and his distinguished father don Melchor Herrera, a financially well off veteran man of boxing who looked at the audience and said:

"With a team of professionals like the one we have, plus the talent and determination of "Pan Blanco" Rios, we have faith that our home country of Panama will get its boxing world champion # 30."

This far, Panama has had 29 world champions since his first one hall of fame Alfonso Panama Al Brown in the 1920's till Anselmo Moreno and Guillermo Jones today.

In addition, the promoter disclosed that Casimero will be traveling from the Philippines to Panama via Los Angeles. "In Los Angeles he'll stay for awhile for the Filipino figther to get acquainted with the time zone here in the western hemisphere. Then Casimero and team will travel to Panama, the land of boxing legend Roberto Duran, aboard the Panama flag carrier airline, COPA, on Tuesday 12 March. COPA is a major sponsor of the March 16 and its CEO was present during the luxurious conference.

Furthermore, the card will aired on throughout the whole Latin American continent and LIVE to every city and town in the land of the Philippines. The telecast will start on March 16 at 9pm (Panama Time).

At the main table during the important announcement the successful Lewkowicz was accompanied by Panamanian real estate mogul Jacobo Torres, owner of Megapolis Convention Center and other hotels in Panama, the director of the Panamanian Airline COPA, the director of the Panama Tourism authority, as well as Panama Boxing commissioner Mr. Jose Oliver Gomez.

"There will be available parking space for 3,000 cars and logistics to accommodate all with comfort" stated the owner of the huge newly built Megapolis Convention Center, Jacobo Torres.

Present was former 2-division world champion Roberto "La Araña" Vasquez who said that he "knows well his Filipino opponent Apolinario. Before, I had no idea about him. Today I have no doubt that on March 16 I will defeat Apolinario to capture my third world crown."

COMFORT BUT ALSO TICKET PRICE ARE LIKE IN LAS VEGAS

"Equal to or better than in Las Vegas. There will be big screens in the convention center, as well as orchestras, food, drinks...It will be a unique and exciting boxing show." added Sampson Lewkowicz, also the promoter of the best middleweight fighter in the world, Sergio "Maravilla" Martinez.

Ticket prices are this ones:

GENERAL ADMISSION $ 100 UNITED STATES Dollars (about PHP 4,200 Filipino Pesos)
DELUXE SEATS $ 150 dollars
PREMIUM SEATS $ 200 dollars
RINGSIDE SEATS $ 250 dollars (about PHP 10,500 Filipino Pesos)

Tickets for this mega show can be purchased at Ticket Plus, Farmacias Metro, E Charges, and at the Megapolis Convention Center at the following prices

BOTH 23-YEARS-OLD, WHO WILL WIN, CASIMERO OR RÍOS?

Will Panama get its world boxing champion # 30 on March 16? Meaning that Luis Alberto "Pan Blanco" Rios subdue the more experienced Filipino world champion and give the greatest satisfaction and joy to the people of Panama?

"If the great Manny Pacquiao got knocked out cold leaving his die hard fans dumbfound, why can't Casimero be knocked out cold as well. The way I see things, Casimero will taste sour defeat again, the same as he did in South Africa," reasons coach Orlando Soto, the head trainer of Luis "Pan Blanco" Rios.

Soto can think as he things but, he is not the one to climb the ring and there could be another point:

Will the Filipino Johnriel Casimero outbox "Pan Blanco" Ríos in his own country of Panama, as he did to Pedro "Dragoncito" Rodriguez eight months ago in Mexico?

Fans in the Philippines and Panama will find out on March 16 at the Megapolis Convention Center of the plush Hard Rock Hotel in Panama.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by SceneSpectator! on 02-19-2013

I think this would be an uphill battle for the 2 Filipinos because they are facing real and hardened fighters from Panama, exacerbated by the tide of expected nationalistic euphoria. But I like the chance of Casimero than that of…

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (1)
Top Headlines Alexander vs. Collazo in Play For Potential Garcia-Broner Card Spence: I Proved Myself; Now It's Time for Thurman to Fight Me! Photos: Errol Spence Drops, Stops Kell Brook - MONSTER Gallery Photos: Groves Finally Does It, Stops Chudinov To Become Champ Callum Smith Pumped, Feels 100% Ready For Anthony Dirrell Groves: Who Wants To Fight Me? I'm Tired of Chasing People Papazov Edges Chaniev, Chebotarev Gets Another Kayo Win Arum: If McGregor Can't Get Mayweather, Then Pacquiao is There! Marquez Fires Back at Miguel Cotto: Take Care of Kamegai First! WBC Asian Boxing Council: Titov and Kurbanov Are Honoured Julio Ceja Drops, Stops Anselmo Moreno in Three Rounds Orlando Salido Gets Off The Floor To Stop Perez in Eight Spence: I Was Sluggish, Wasn't Sharp; Give Myself a B-Minus Video: Errol Spence Gives His Take on Kell Brook Taking a Knee Video: Eddie Hearn on Brook's Future, Groves Winning Belt, More Kell Brook: I Just Couldn't See, I Had To Take a Knee Spence: I Knew Kell Brook Would Break Down If I Pressed Him Video: Errol Spence Discusses KO Title Win at Post Fight Presser Video: Eddie Hearn Discusses Kell Brook's Eye Injury, The Future Amir Khan on Kell Brook: The Golovkin Demons Have Come Back! Samedov, Baysangurov, Sharipova Get Wins in Moscow Video: Errol Spence Breaks Down KO Title Win, Talks Future Errol Spence Drops, Stops Kell Brook in Eleven To Win IBF Belt Kell Brook vs. Errol Spence - LIVE BoxingScene Scorecard George Groves Stops Fedor Chudinov in Six Rounds For WBA Title George Groves vs. Fedor Chudinov - LIVE BoxingScene Scorecard Brook vs. Spence Analysis: It May Come Down To Chin Durability Kell Brook vs. Errol Spence - LIVE Results Kell Brook vs. Errol Spence - CompuBox Historical Review Kell Brook-Errol Spence: Pre-Fight Report Card Salido Aims To Be Impressive, Feels Lomachenko Has Improved Photos: Michael Conlan, Mike Alvarado, Saucedo Get Wins Frank Warren Tabs Errol Spence To Beat Kell Brook in Sheffield Kell Brook: I'll Prove Everyone Wrong Again Against Spence Hearn Recalls How He Failed to Convince Brook to Skip Spence Brook's Trainer: Spence is Brave, But Not Qualified to Beat Brook Frank Warren: Future of British Boxing is in Safe Hands Manuel Ceballos Squares Off Against Cesar Reynoso in Yucatan George Groves: I Still Feel I'm Better Than Carl Froch, Badou Jack Leo Santa Cruz vs. Abner Mares II in Play For September 9
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement