Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

John Mark Apolinario Will Get His Shot at Redemption

By Carlos Costa

PANAMA CITY, Panama - Many talented fighters in the history of boxing, even some awesome warriors, never get the golden chance of battling for a world title. There are reasons for that. It could be lack of luck, or the absence of a manager with power connections. Those are not problems for “The Iceman” John Mark Apolinario of Sarangani, who, regardless of being relatively unknown to boxing fans (even in his own country of the Philippines), will have the privilege of fighting for a world title for a second time in a span of just four months.

If Apolinario’s promoter, the well-regarded Filipino manager Sammy G. Gello-Ani of SGG Sports Promotions of Cebu, has his way, the 23-year-old “Iceman” will again face veteran former 2-division world champion Roberto “La Araña” Vásquez of Panamá for the vacant WBA bantamweight interim crown on Saturday March 16 at the plush newly built Megápolis Convention Center of the Hard Rock Hotel Panama.

This far, all green lights indicate that Apolinario will have his second date with destiny in Panama, the land of legendary fighter “Hands of Stone” Roberto Durán.

In addition, the WBA championships committee has already expressed that the Vásquez-Apolinario2 on March 16 would be approved without a problem:

“The contracts are yet to arrive at the WBA. But we’ve already received informal notification that the fight has been agreed upon on that date (March 16), and we see no obstacle to its approval,” said Gilberto de Jesús Mendoza today from the WBA head office, located at the Ocean Business Plaza here in Ciudad de Panamá.

It will be the second exchange of knuckles between the young Filipino and the veteran Panamanian.

In their first world title skirmish, Apolinario, 23, and Vásquez, 29, drew after their uneventful 12-round rumble in November of last year in Colón, Argentina, and “La Araña” (The Spider) has already written in his twitter account that in their second bout things will be different:

“I am already in full training for my next world title fight on March 16 here in Panamá #VasquezApolinario2. Do not miss it. #Third crown,” wrote La Araña Vásquez on his Twitter.

And ended his tweet saying: “This time, judges will not be needed.”

Vásquez-Apolinario 2 will be a production of Apolinario’s international promoter Sampson Lewkowicz of Sampson Boxing LLC in association with Sammy Gello-Ani of Cebu’s SGG Sports Promotions.

The exciting co-main event will feature the second defense of Filipino IBF world champion John Riel Casimero (also promoted by Gello-Ani and Lewkowicz), against mandatory challenger Luis Alberto “Pan Blanco” Ríos of Panama.

Tags:
User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Post a Comment - View More User Comments (0)
Top Headlines Molina Reacts To David Haye's Prediction: He is Nothing in America! Jeff Horn, Lenny Zappavigna Lead Aussie Charge This Weekend Enrico Koelling vs. Ryno Liebenberg Rematch on February 4 Joshua-Molina: Conor Benn To Face Steven Backhouse Amir Khan Hangs Back as Family Dispute Erupts on Social Media UFC's White: 50 Cent Told Me Mayweather Really Wants McGregor Anthony Joshua: I Put Away Molina, I'll Fulfill My Destiny in 2017 Felix Diaz Ready For Stay Busy Fight With Morales in Santa Domingo Jason Quigley Aims To Finish Off 2016 With a Bang Mikey Garcia: If Top Rank Makes Fair Deal, I'll Face Lomachenko Guillermo Rigondeaux vs. Moises Flores Purse Bid on December 19 Parker's Trainer Sees Ruiz Clash as Heavyweight Fight of The Year Knockout Season 3 Slated For April 2017 Premiere Kirkland's Manager: Wolfe Will Make Difference for Cotto Fight Video: John Molina Feels Very Ready To Stun Terence Crawford Photos: Roach vs. Garcia, Breadman vs. Shields - Go Face To Face Video: Terence Crawford Aims To Impress in Molina Showdown Photos: Joseph Parker, Andy Ruiz - Face To Face at Final Presser Chavez Jr: I Want To Prove That I'm Ready For Elite Boxing Again Photos: Terence Crawford, John Molina Hold Open Workouts Chocolatito's Manager Gives Update on Trainer Situation Arum Paid Creighton Step-Aside Money to Set Crawford-Molina Golovkin-Jacobs Deal Won’t Be Done Today; 12/19 Purse Bid Looms Video: Luis Ortiz Talks Allen Fight, Joshua, Wilder, Scott, Matchroom British Board Will Take Action Over Chisora-Whyte Presser Chaos Photos: Bernard Hopkins New York Media Tour For Final Fight Rob Brant vs. George Carter on January 20 in Hinckley, Minnesota Photo: Roy Jones Jr., Bobby Gunn Face Off at Kickoff Presser Dillian Whyte, Dereck Chisora To Weigh-In Separately On Friday Video: Dereck Chisora Explains Why He Threw Table at Whyte Photos: Chisora Throws Table at Whyte, Chaos Erupts at Presser Misael Rodriguez, Bronze Medal Winner, Inks With Schaefer Jessie Vargas: Facing Pacquiao Will Make Me a Better Fighter Bermane Stiverne: All The Pressure is on Povetkin, I Will KO Him! Dereck Chisora Throws Table At Whyte During Presser Trainer: Biggest Fight For Charlo At 154 (Canelo) Won't Happen Crawford's Trainer: We Won't Get Pacquiao If It’s Up to Roach Andy Ruiz: I Will Die Trying To Beat Joseph Parker For That Belt! Joshua: I'm The Guy Who Should Beat Klitschko - I'll Prove It! Video: Dillian Whyte Shreds "D*ck" Dereck Chisora, Vows KO Win
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement