Posts Tagged ‘Juan Demóstenes Arosemena’

On the oppressive humid morning of Wednesday, July 6, 2011, I strode through the soft green grass of the historic baseball stadium Juan Demóstenes Arosemena.  The sun was just awakening and the cacophony of roosters could be heard in the distance.

I wanted to capture the structure of this historic baseball park before it’s demolished to give way to social interest housing projects.  The historic Juan Demóstenes Arosemena baseball stadium is to be knocked down and replaced with 1,000 homes for Curundu families, said President Ricardo Martinelli to the media recently.   He said that the stadium had to be dismantled so that construction work on the houses could begin, but that a new stadium would be rebuilt close by.

The “Coloso de Cabo Verde,” as it is commonly known, was built in 1938 for the Central American and Caribbean games and hosted the Pan-American Major League baseball tournament in 2003.

The baseball stadium was named after President Juan Demóstenes Areosemena who died in 1939, the same year he was elected.

Below are several pictures of this legendary venue which still stands proudly  in the humble neighborhood of Curundu.  Here we go.

Snapshot of the Juan Demóstenes Arosemena baseball park in Panama City, Panama. Photo ©Omar Upegui R.

Partial view of an abandoned baseball venue scheduled to be demolished to give way to a social interest housing project. Photo ©Omar Upegui R.

Snapshot of the upper section of one of the towers of the legendary baseball park of Juan Demóstenes Arosemena in the neighborhood of Curundu in Panama City, Panama. Photo ©Omar Upegui R.

Snapshot of a larger view of the old structures of an abandoned baseball park in Panama City, Panama. Photo ©Omar Upegui R.

Snapshot of the new Rod Carew baseball stadium which replaced the abandoned Juan Demóstenes Arosemena baseball park located in Curundu. Photo ©Omar Upegui R.

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There are two in a secluded nook…
Just two—in the human sea…
Like a perfect match they look.
Only two on the ring—he and she.”

Pantelaymon Lukov

Lately there is a growing trend to have women in boxing matches in Panama.  They are a good attraction and their performances are bringing in the crowds.

A female boxer that is very popular nowadays is Ana Pascal.  Ms. Pascal is a Light welterweight known as “The Dynamite”.  Her record is:  Won 11, Loss 1, Draws 0, Total fights 13.

When I visited the Gimnasio Pedro “Rockero” Alcázar, I was lucky to find Ms. Pascal training at an abandoned baseball park.  It was early morning; approximately 7:00 a.m.  She was trotting around the park and looked very strong, healthy, and intimidating.  She was training for her next fight on July 9, 2011.

Ana Pascal is a muscular warrior who shaves her head and looks absolutely fierce and her features are very much like a “macho” man.   She is a great athlete, totally ferocious and a sight to behold.  I was most fortunate to find her training that early morning.

I trotted for a while with Ms. Pascal and exchanged a few words.  I couldn’t keep up with her pace.  I’m afraid my physical condition pales to those of Ana Pascal.  Her trainer, José Paz, was also at the venue checking her time with a chronometer.  He told me a fascinating story which I thought was quite unusual.  He said that Ana Pascal fought with a man in Curacao.  He was a Venezuelan veteran boxer called José Español.

When I came back home, I researched this event using Google and this is what I found:

“On October 2003 in Curacao, Ana “Dinamita” Pascal (138 lbs), Panama, a top-ranked women’s boxer fought the 37-year-old male boxer, Jose Español, from Venezuela. Pascal, according to news sources, took quite a beating, when the fight was stopped by the referee in the fourth round.

The “Fight News” reports says: “The very masculine-looking Ana “Dinamita” Pascal of Panama, coming in with a record of 6-0, against a man. The bona fide male proceeded to beat Ms. Pascal to a bloody pulp, forcing the referee to stop the contest in the fourth round. “However, Ana Pascal disagreed with the reports that she had been knocked out. “The guy tried to knock me out,” Pascal reports, but he couldn’t even knock me down. We went the eight rounds and at the end, even he asked for applause for me.”

So, there have been conflicting reports as to how the male-female encounter ended. However, in any case, the result could only be called a no-contest and termed an “exhibition” in view that no boxing body or commission has accepted the principle of mixed gender bouts. By the way, Pascal’s scheduled female opponent Luz Marina Sanavia failed to appear and that she was offered the fight with the man.”

Below are several snaps I shot while I visited an abandoned baseball park (Estadio Juan Demóstenes Arosemena) where Ana Pascal was exercising with her trainer one early morning in Panama City, Panama.  Here we go.

Snapshot of a poster promoting Ana Pascal's next fight on July 9, 2011 against an undisclosed female boxer. The name of the event is "The Revenge". Photo ©Omar Upegui R.

Snapshot of Ana Pascal running around the baseball stadium preparing for her next fight on July 9, 2011. As you can see, she does look fierce and intimidating. Photo ©Omar Upegui R.

Snapshot of Mr. José Paz, who is Ana Pascal's trainer. He gave me the tip regarding Ms. Pascal's boxing match with a man in Curacao, which I commented earlier in this blog post. Photo ©Omar Upegui R.

Source:  Only two on the ring – He and SheFemale Single Combat Club

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