Main Event Weights: Hanna Gabriel 153 and Melisenda Perez 151 from Costa Rica.
By Carlos Gomez
Jr. Middleweight Champion of the World Boxing Organization (WBO)
Costa Rican Hanna Gabriel, will be placing her title on the line in a rematch with the Mexican, Melisenda Perez in the historic inauguration of the National Stadium of Costa Rica, this Thursday, March 31 in San Jose, Costa Rica, under the promotional banner of Sampson Boxing LLC and Team Hanna Gabriel.
Both fighters were subjected to the rigors of Wednesday’s official weigh-in
in the central facilities of the Costa Rica Institute of Electricity (CIE), in La Sabana, under the supervision of Puerto Rico’s WBO President, Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel.
The champion, Hanna Gabriel, held the scale at 153 pounds even. Melisenda Perez recorded a weight of 151 pounds on the scale.
In the co-featured bout, U.S.A’s Melinda “La Maravilla” Cooper will face Puerto Rico’s Ada “Ace” Velez for the vacant International Boxing Federation (IBF) Super Bantamweight world title. Both Cooper and Velez weighed-in at 120 pounds.
In the Featherweight division, Dahiana Santana will face Stacey “Stay-Lo” Reile of Miami, Florida, for the IBF World Featherweight championship. Santana weighed in at 122 pounds while Reile recorded a weight of 123 pounds on the scale.
Both of these IBF female championship bout weights were monitored
by the President of the IBF, Daryl Peoples.
Sampson Boxing will have the privilege of hosting this fight card at the Costa Rica National Stadium, which was funded by the Chinese government for the people of Costa Rica. Costa Rica’s President, Laura Chinchilla will be on hand at the event, as well as several other government dignitaries. Also, Costa Rica’s up and coming prospect Bryan “Tiquito” Vazquez will be putting his Latin, IBF Super Featherweight title on the line. The Costa Rican boxer will face Santos “La Ceiba” Martinez from Nicaragua. Finally, three more fights have been set between boxers from Costa Rica and Mexico. The first bout is scheduled to start at 7 p. m., local time.
Photos: Sampson Boxing