Jon Riel Casimero vs. Luis Alberto Rios on March 16th
Sampson Lewkowicz of Sampson Boxing and co-promoter Carlos Gonzalez of Best Boxing are proud to officially announce an historic event in which two Panamanians will face two Filipinos for world titles on the same show on March 16, at the luxury Megapolis Convention Center and Hard Rock Hotel of Panama Avenida Balboa in Panama City.
In the night’s main event, IBF Junior Flyweight Champion 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).
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 TKO 10 awarded to Casimero sparked one of the worst riots in recent boxing history.
Rios is the IBF’s number one contender in the division. The 22-year-old Panamanian has already held the WBC Latino light flyweight title and successfully defended it once.
And in the co-main event, former two-time world champion 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 for the WBA Interim Bantamweight Championship.
The pair fought to an exciting majority draw for the same title in Colon Entre Rios, Argentina, last November 3. Both say they deserved the victory last time and both are looking to settle it once and for all with this performance.
“I am very proud to be bringing this unforgettable night of boxing to the Panamanian people,” said promoter Lewkowicz. “This show will feature two sensational match-ups for world title belts. 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.”
Rob Brant Makes Return February 9th
Minneapolis- In pursuit of his sixth professional win, the explosive Robert Brant( 5-0 3 ko’s) of Oakdale, MN will make his return to the ring on February 9th at the Crowne Plaza in St. Paul.
Following National and world accolades at the amateur level, Brant is poised to keep a strong pace in 2013. In his next venture, he will be showcased alongside super middleweight Phil Williams, heavyweight Raphael Butler, and lightweight Wilton Hilario on a star studded local bill.
The Minnesota middleweight is wasting little time in getting back to action. Brant was last seen January 5th when he picked up a unanimous decision victory in a dazzling performance over Romon Barber in Minneapolis. The 22 year old prodigy has been on the fast track since turning professional in the Summer of 2012.
Boxing out of Circle of Discipline Gym in Minneapolis under the tutelage of Sankara Frazier, Brant has showcased a strong blend of power and skill in the early goings of his career. With three knockouts in five fights, Brant will look to electrify a Twin Cities audience that is growing accustomed to his highlight reel talent.
Tickets are priced at $35, $45, and $75. Ringside VIP table $1000. More information on the event is available at vitalculture.com
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