April 12, 2021

Nica Concepcion Stops Barrera in 11th; Claims WBA Interim 112 Title in Panama

By Carlos Costa

In an exciting action clash, veteran Panamanian slugger Luis “Nica” Concepcion rocked and stopped tough Colombian warrior Rober Barrera (23-3, 13 KO’s) in the 11th chapter of their epic battle to capture the vacant WBA Interim Flyweight Title tonight at the Roberto Duran Arena in Panama City, Panama.

The always dangerous “Nica” Concepcion absorbed tough hands sent by the hard-swinging Barrera, but the Colombian could not handle Concepcion’s brutal one-two combination that propelled him spiraling backwards all the way down to the canvas near a neutral corner.

The brave Barrera managed to come back up from the blue canvas, but a renewed furious attack powered by “Nica” Concepcion pinned the already wounded Colombian against the ropes where he took additional rough lethal blows to the head till Puerto Rican hall-of-famer thirdman Rafael Ramos halted actions to spare Barrera from unnecessary violence.

After his title win, Nica Concepcion (39-8, 28 KO’s) celebrated victory by climbing to the top rope from where he performed a back flip jump, flying over the referee.

The victory opens the door for Luis “Nica” Concepcion to battle WBA “regular” Flyweight World Title.    


Venezuelan Mayerlin Rivas Congratulated by WBA President Gilverto Mendoza

In other results, veteran Venezuelan fight lady Mayerlin Rivas captured the vacant WBA female 122 pound belt by decisioning the Laura Ledezma.

Scores were unanimous for the more dominating Rivas.   The third woman in the ring was Panamanian referee lady Ms. Aida Tejada.

Cuban Daniel Matellón wins WBA 108 pounds interim belt in Panama

In another world title clash, unbeaten Cuban Daniel Matellón (11-0-2, 6 KO’s) became the new WBA Interim Light Flyweight champion by scoring a majority decision win over Mexican Erik “Habanerito” López.   The referee was Puerto Rican Luis Pabon.

All the action fights were all part of tonight’s 36th edition to the “WBA KO to Drugs Festival” at the Roberto Duran Arena in Panama.


The author Carlos Costa of Panama is a boxing reporter living in the Philippines.   Carlos can be reached at carlos512@hotmail.com and whatsapp +639184538152.