Filipino pugilists coming to Panama

Filipino boxers John Mark Apolinario and Johnriel Casimero will land in Panama this coming Tuesday, March 12.

Apolinario is the rival of Panamanian Roberto 'The Spider' Vásquez, who will duke it out to claim the World Bantamweight Interim title of the World Boxing Association (WBA).

Meanwhile, Casimero, the Junior Flyweight World Champion of the International Boxing Federation (IBF), will take on the Panamanian Luis 'White Bread' Ríos.

These fights are the main attractions among the boxing matches that will be held on March 16 at the Megapolis Convention Center of the Hard Rock Cafe Hotel.

Carlos González, one of the event organizers, confirmed yesterday the arrival of the Filipino boxers, among other details.


“Yes, John Mark Apolinario and John Riel Casimero will arrive in Panama on Tuesday, March 12,” reported González, “Likewise, the other foreign boxers who will perform that evening will arrive on that same day.”

The former world champion and Panamanian Mauricio 'Ñáñara' Martínez will also be stepping into the ring.

“Antonio Fernández was supposed to duel against Oscar Escandón, however, an infection prevented him from combating," said González, "So Mauricio Martínez will fight in his place.”