Promoters Sampson Lewkowicz of Sampson Boxing and Carlos Gonzalez of Best Boxing have announced the undercard for their blockbuster “LAS VEGAS IN PANAMA II” show at the beautiful Megapolis Convention Center in the Hard Rock Hotel in Panama City, Panama, on Saturday, August 10.
Fighting in support of the three world-title fights that top the bill, including the return of superb Panamanian WBA Bantamweight Super Champion Anselmo “Chemito” Moreno (33-2-1, 12 KOs) making the eleventh defense of his 118-lb belt against Colombian southpaw William Urina (24-2, 20 KOs) in a 12-round battle; future boxing superstar Oscar Escandon (22-0, 15 KOs) vying for the interim WBA World super bantamweight championship against Panama’s former world champion Nehomar Cermeno (21-5-1, 13 KOs), and Venezuela’s WBA female featherweight Champion Ogleidis Suarez in the first defense of her title in a rematch against Colombia’s Liliana “La Tigresa” Palmera (21-10-3, 15 KOs) will be several intriguing bouts between tough South American warriors.
The main supporting bout will be an intriguing 10-round welterweight duel between two solid contenders in Azael “Turbo” Cosio (16-2-2, 13 KOs) of Santa Marta, Panama, and Devis “El Felino” Caceres (13-2, 9 KOs).
Remaining seats for “LAS VEGAS IN PANAMA II” are priced at $100, $200 and $300 USD ringside and are available at all Ticket Plus outlets as well as the Hard Rock Hotel.
Cosio was last seen winning the interim WBC Latino welterweight title with an impressive TKO 9 over respectable Colombian contender Jose David Mosquera in March. Since losing his pro debut in 2009, Caceres has only lost one fight and won his last four by way of brutal knockout.
Also scheduled for appearances on this stacked night of world-class boxing will be multiple world champion Roberto “La Araña” Vasquez (32-5-2, 22 KOs) from San Francisco, Panama, who will stay busy in a dangerous eight-round bantamweight battle against power-punching veteran Walberto Ramos (18-6-2, 12 KOs) of Monitos, Colombia.
Also scheduled are an eight-round super flyweight bout between Julio “El Kirikiki” Escudero (14-3, 10 KOs) of San Francisco, Panama and Stiven “Huesito” Monterrosa (10-2-2, 9 KOs) of Barranquilla, Colombia; a super featherweight eight-rounder between Jose “El Tigre” Forero (9-2, 7 KOs) of San Francisco, Panama and Luis Zambrano (10-3, 9 KOs) of Cordoba, Colombia; a four-round super middleweight bout pitting Israel “Arma Letal” Duffus (5-1, 4 KOs) of San Miguelito, Panama, against Manuel Banquez (7-2-2, 5 KOs) of Tolu, Colombia; and an eight-round, crosstown lightweight bout between undefeated Juan Huertas (3-0, 3 KOs) of Panama City, Panama and more experienced veteran Daniel “La Esperanza Negra” Mulgrave (4-8-2, 1 KO) of Panama City, Panama.
27-year-old Anselmo Moreno is a southpaw who stands 5 feet 6 inches. He is from El Martillo, Panama, but currently lives in San Miguelito. Moreno won the WBA Bantamweight title from the Ukraine’s Wladimir Sidorenko in 2008, becoming Panama’s 25th world champion, and has made 10 successful defenses. This will be Moreno’s first fight since his November 10, 2012, decision loss (while moving up in weight) against fellow star Abner Mares for the WBC Super Bantamweight Champion. This marked the second professional loss in Moreno’s career, ending a 10 year unbeaten streak.
27-year-old Urina is a southpaw from Barranquilla, Colombia. This will be his second world-title challenge. He lost a close, but unanimous decision to formidable WBO super flyweight Champion Omar Narvaez in 2011.
28-year-old Colombian Oscar Escandon had over 200 amateur bouts and proudly represented his homeland in the 2004 Summer Olympics in Beijing. As a professional, he has already won the WBC Latino Bantamweight Championship. Escandon enjoys tremendous popularity in his hometown, the Department of Tolima’s capital city of Ibague, in the central region of the Colombian Andes.
33-year-old Nehomar Cermeno was born in Barcelona, Venezuela, but now resides in Panama City. He is the former Interim WBA World Bantamweight Champion and even held it for two defenses before dropping razor-thin split decisions to Anselmo Moreno in back-to-back All Panama showdowns in 2010.
25-year-old Ogleidis Suarez is from Caracas, Venezuela. She won her title by beating then-undefeated Katy Wilson Castillo in 2011. She has already made two successful defenses of her belt, including a TKO 7 over next opponent Palmera in 2012. In addition to being a world champion boxer, the remarkable Suarez is also a professional glamor model, actress, sports commentator, television presenter and professional dancer.
31-year-old Liliana Palmera hails from Monteria, Colombia. A professional boxer since 1999, Palmera has already challenged for a world titles five separate times at various weights and always come up short.
Undercard match-ups will be announced shortly.
The event will also be televised live by Panama TV Max Channel 9 and Argentina’s TyC Sports.