Boxing will return to Panama and in a good way. Local promotional company Promotions and Events of the Isthmus, which is run by Rogelio Espino, has announced that on February 7, the international festival KO To Drugs, will return to the area and have four championship fights endorsed by the World Boxing Association (WBA).
This event will be held at the Arena Roberto Duran, with a total of 11 bouts, and standing out as the main event will have former world champion Luis "El Nica" Concepcion facing Colombia's Rober Barrera for the vacant interim flyweight title of the WBA.
Concepcion was WBA super flyweight champion until December 2016 was dethroned by the English Khalid Yafai. Since then he has lost three of his last six bouts, and for that reason, this fight against Barrera is very important, because it could define its continuity in rented boxing.
"El Nica" has an stellar record of 38-8 with 27 knockouts, while Barrera is immersed in a run of five straight wins, with a record of 23-2, with 13 knockouts.
The event will be at the Arena Roberto Duran, and will be broadcast on ESPN Knock Out, as confirmed by the promoter Espiño.
Another world championship fight will be in the super bantamweight division and have Panamanian Laura Ledezma take on Mayerlin "La Monita" Rivas of Venezuela.
Ledezma has a record of 14-0 and 7 wins on the fast track, while her rival, "La Monita" Rivas, arrives with 14-4-2 mark and 10 wins by knockout.
For his part, Carlos "Arañita" Ortega will be matched against the Nicaraguan Leyman Benavides for the minimumweight WBA regional championship.
Ortega has a record of 15-5-3 with five wins by knockout and his rival, presents a 16-6-1 mark and 3 KOs.
While the Cuban resident in Panama, Daniel Matellón, will fight against Mexican Erik "Habanerito" Lopez for a regional WBA flyweight title.