Manuel Landero passes away

Edwin  - CEO February 22, 2024
Updated 2024/02/23 at 4:08 PM
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98 years of fight for boxing Manuel Landero passed away Photo credit: WBA
98 years of fight for boxing Manuel Landero passed away Photo credit: WBA

After 98 long years of fighting for boxing


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The World Boxing Association (WBA) mourns the passing of one of its most illustrious and longtime members, the Panamanian Manuel Landero. Born amid the Kuna revolution on June 17, 1925, in David, Chiriqui greatly supported the sport and contributed many things throughout his life, WBA reports.


He was a man of great character and determination, evidently because of the context in which he was born and raised. Only three months before his birth, a peace treaty had been signed with the Panamanian Indians, who were promised better treatment and tremendous respect for their traditions; they were offered protection and rights while they laid down their arms and pledged to abide by the laws of the State, withdrawing the declaration of independence that had been made.


Landero was the son of Luis and Isabel, who gave their son the best for his future. His home formation and education were critical to his growth and development, which would also lead him to the possibility of holding essential positions in different fields.


He was Deputy Director of the Electoral Tribunal, Regional Director of Commerce and Industry, Provincial Director of the Sports Institute, Deputy Director of the Superintendence of the Chiriqui Railroad, and Director of General Services of the Ministry of Public Works of Chiriqui.


In 1967, he formally joined the WBA, and in 1986, he became a board of directors member. He was the supervisor of many title fights. In addition, he was part of the protocol and awards commission of the CAC Games in 1970 and the Bolivarian Games in 1972.


A tireless collaborator in pursuing innovations and improvements in the WBA, he also stood out as the magazine’s creator, summarizing the activities distributed at the annual conventions for many years.


He was always important in the organization’s decision-making and worked until the final years of his life.


The WBA family is mourning and extends its condolences to the family and everyone around Manuel Landero. Thank you very much, my friend; rest in peace.


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