Amilcar Vidal Survives Spirted effort from Immanuwel Aleem to Win Decision

Photo: Amanda Westcott / Showtime
Michael Rosenthal

Middleweight contender Amilcar Vidal is fortunate he’s still undefeated.

The strapping Uruguayan fighter emerged with a majority-decision victory over Immanuwel Aleem on Saturday in San Antonio, but the scoring will have been questioned by many who watched the fight.

Vidal (13-0, 12 KOs) has overwhelmed most of his opponents. However, Aleem (18-3-2, 11 KOs) was able to take his power and dish out plenty of punishment himself.

Aleem started out by fighting behind his jab and moving in the early rounds, when he was stalked by Vidal. However, when Vidal finally closed the distance, Aleem was happy to trade punches inside and got the better of many exchanges in what evolved into an entertaining scrap. MORE

Sebastian Fundora vs. Sergio Garcia Showdown in Play For August

BY MANOUK AKOPYAN

Sebastian Fundora is in line for a quick turnaround fight following his impressive slugfest and fourth-round TKO win over Jorge Cota in May. The undefeated 6’5½” junior middleweight contender is still awaiting a confirmed fight date for his agreed-upon 12-round bout versus Spain’s Sergio Garcia. There has been loose talk of the fight taking place later this summer, with Fundora (17-0-1, 12KOs) informing media members over the weekend of a possible August 7 date set aside for the bout. MORE

 
 

Montiel: I Definitely Earned Another Opportunity; Proved I Belong In Major Leagues Of Boxing

BY KEITH IDEC

Juan Macias Montiel realizes he didn’t come close to beating Jermall Charlo last Saturday night. Montiel still feels that he legitimized himself as a middleweight contender by pushing the unbeaten WBC champion at times during their 12-round title fight. Going the distance was a victory of sorts for the determined Mexican underdog, whom Charlo went off as a 30-1 favorite to defeat in their Showtime Championship Boxing main event at Toyota Center in Houston. MORE

Kevin Cunningham: Erickson Lubin vs. Jeison Rosario
Will Be Fight of The Night!

By Ryan Burton

Gervonta “Tank” Davis will attempt to become a three-division champion on June 26th when he faces WBA world super lightweight champion Mario Barrios in Showtime pay-per-view main event. While the main event should produce fireworks, the co-feature bout looks just as explosive. Former world champion Jeison “Banana” Rosario (20-2-1) will collide with former world title challenger Erickson “The Hammer” Lubin (23-1) in an intriguing super welterweight showdown. Lubin, who is a Orlando, Florida native, will enter the fight riding a five fight winning streak with three of those victories coming by way of knockout. His only loss in the pro ranks came against Jermell Charlo back in 2017. The Dominican Republic’s Rosario lost his IBF and WBA titles in his last fight against Charlo but is only one bout removed from his upset 5th round knockout win over Julian Williams. Kevin Cunningham is expecting to go up against the version of Rosario that fought Williams on fight night. Lubin’s trainer said that his charge has looked great as they hit the midway point of camp. MORE

Sampson to the Rescue of Panamanian Boxing

By Héctor Villarreal

In a press conference headed by international promoter Sampson Lewkowicz, the Director of the Panamanian Sports Institute (Pandeportes) Hector Brands and veteran boxing journalist Juan Carlos Tapia, a project to start the rescue of Panamanian boxing was announced on Monday morning at Intercontinental Hotel in Panama City, Panama. MORE

Two Great Evenings at Carlos Paz on June 10 And 11 By TyC Sports

Alejandro Silva for the final and his title against Ramírez on June 12
On Thursday, June 10 and Friday, June 11, Sampson Boxing and Tello Box will present two national evenings, both at the Eleton Resort and Spa, in Villa Carlos Paz, Córdoba, which will feature the televising of TyC Sports.
It should be noted that, although the corresponding health protocols are designed and that both festivals will be held under a strict bubble system, attentive to the high numbers of those affected by the Coronavirus, everything is subject to national and provincial regulations. MORE

 
 

Charlo-Montiel Press Conference

Unbeaten WBC middleweight world champion Jermall Charlo (31-0, 22 KOs) and challenger Juan Macías Montiel (22-4-1, 22 KOs) previewed their upcoming showdown during a virtual press conference Wednesday. They collide on SHOWTIME June 19 from the Toyota Center in Houston.

“Montiel is going to see on June 19 that Jermall Charlo is for real,” – Charlo

“My record speaks for itself. I am all about the knockout and that’s what I’m coming for on June 19,” – Montiel

In case you don’t know, Montiel’s big claim to fame was his first round KO of James Kirkland last December. All 22 of his wins are by KO. MORE

Gabriela Fundora

GABRIELA FUNDORA WINS PRO DEBUT IN IMPRESSIVE FASHION ON FIGUEROA VS. NERY UNDERCARD ON SATURDAY NIGHT

(May 17, 2021) Last Saturday night, 5’9” super flyweight Gabriela “Sweet Poison” Fundora made her successful professional boxing debut with an exciting unanimous four-round decision over fellow Californian southpaw Jazmin Valverde Medina.

Fighting on the undercard of Brandon Figueroa’s Showtime-televised WBC World and WBA Super World Super Bantamweight Championship-winning KO 7 over former world champion Luis Nery at the Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, California, the 19-year-old Fundora (1-0) dropped Medina in round two and cruised to an impressive near-shutout victory (scores: 40-35, 39-36 and 40-35).

The scores, however, are not indicative of the excitement the two women generated in an exciting punchout. The heavy underdog Medina came to fight.

“I felt great!” said Fundora. “I'm glad I was able to showcase my talent on such a great platform on Showtime. I delivered a body shot and followed it up with a right hook that dropped her in the second round and every round after that, we mixed up the punches in bunches." MORE

Sebastian Fundora vs. Sergio Garcia Agreement Reached

Promoter Sampson Lewkowicz of Sampson Boxing has announced he has obtained signed contracts from undefeated super welterweight contenders Sebastian “The Towering Inferno” Fundora and Sergio “El Nino” Garcia to face each other.

WBC #5-rated Fundora (17-0-1, 12 KOs) and WBC #2-rated Garcia (33-0, 14 KOs) will meet in an exciting 12-round showdown, to be shown live on Fox TV, date and venue to be announced shortly.

The massive 6′ 6″ Fundora is a 23-year-old southpaw with an incredible 80-inch reach who has been building a respected name for himself among 154-lb fighters with a string of very impressive performances. The Coachella resident was last seen on May 1, scoring an exciting TKO 4 over Mexican perennial contender Jorge Cota on the Ruiz vs. Arreola PPV event at the Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, California. MORE

Sebastian Fundora: My Message to Junior Middleweight
- We're Here!

BY BOXINGSCENE STAFF
Published Mon May 03, 2021, 11:44 AM EDT

Carson, California - unbeaten super welterweight Sebastian “The Towering Inferno” Fundora (17-0-1, 12 KOs) won a close-quarters war via fourth-round stoppage over Jorge “El Demonio” Cota (30-5, 27 KOs) in their WBC super welterweight title eliminator.

"I'm extremely grateful to fight in front of the fans tonight,” said Fundora. “It was fun to hear the cheers, the boos and everything. I'm honored to be in this position.
"My message to the rest of the division is that we're here. If you’re ready for war, we're ready to take it. Bring it on."

Fundora and Cota stood toe-to-toe from the opening bell, throwing big punches and marking up each other early. Fundora landed 29 and 28 power punches in the first two rounds, with Cota connecting on 15 and 17. MORE

Sampson Boxing and Tello Box Sign Undefeated Argentine Super Lightweight Hugo Roldan to a Co-Promotional Agreement

Promoters Sampson Boxing and Tello Box are pleased to announce the signing of a co-promotional agreement with undefeated Argentinean super lightweight prospect Hugo “El Nato” Roldan.
 
In his four-year career, the 27-year-old Roldan (20-0-1, 7 KOs), has already beaten current South American middleweight champion Lucas Bastida (TKO 3); former Argentinean super lightweight champion Damián Yapur (UD 10); former South American lightweight champion Sergio Gil (KO 1); former Argentine welterweight champion, Chaco Victor Hugo Velázquez (UD 10) and WBC Latino Super Lightweight Champion Emiliano “Cobrita” Domínguez twice (both UD 10).

“My ambition is to reach the top of boxing, said an excited Roldan about the signing, “and with my new team, Sampson and Tello, we can achieve it together. I’ve always worked hard in the gym, but now, with this added motivation, I will do even more.”

A clever boxer who moves in and out of range using his exceptional foot speed, Roldan and his trainer/brother Lorenzo will soon be relocating to Coachella, California, to work with rising trainer Freddy Fundora at his gym.

“We knew about Hugo Roldan's career, but we hadn’t seen him in action,” said Carlos Tello of Tello Box. “It was very impressive what he and his team accomplished with almost no support. Then we learned that he was looking for a promoter to get him off the ground and that is how he came to us. Hugo has the talent and discipline to become a star in boxing." MORE

Ryan Garcia-Javier Fortuna Interim Lightweight Title Bout
Set for July 9

(Apr 13, 2021) By Ben Baby - ESPN Staff Writer

The date for Ryan Garcia bout against Javier Fortuna has been finalized.

Garcia will face Fortuna on July 9, Golden Boy Promotions announced Tuesday. Venue and undercard details have yet to be determined.

Garcia (21-0, 18 KOs) is coming off the biggest win of his young career. The 22-year-old recovered after an early knockdown to stop former lightweight title contender Luke Campbell with a seventh-round TKO in January.

"Fortuna is eager and will be ready, but so will I," Garcia said in a statement released by Golden Boy. "No one can beat me in the lightweight division, period. I'm going to show the world who I am." MORE

Sampson Boxing Signs a Pair of Undefeated Dominican Prospects, Edwin De Los Santos and Luis Reynaldo Nunez, to Promotional Contracts

Sampson Boxing proudly announces the signing of a pair of undefeated 21-year-old Dominican prospects, super featherweight Edwin De los Santos and super bantamweight Luis Reynaldo Nunez to promotional agreements.

A crow-pleasing puncher with tremendous will, the southpaw De los Santos (9-0, 8 KOs), from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, started boxing at the age of eight and went on to win numerous national amateur championships in his boxing-rich homeland. At age 14, he joined the Dominican’s prestigious National Boxing Team and, at 18, made the move to professional ranks. De Los Santos has already captured the WBA Fedecaribe and WBC Latino Super Featherweight Championships in his young career.

“It motivated me seeing how so many other great Dominican fighters have reached places they never dreamed of under the guidance of Sampson Boxing,” said De Los Santos of the signing. I am committed to bringing another world championship home to my country, defending it with pride and courage as many times as possible and improving the economic situation of my family." MORE

Last Call Interview with Gabriela Fundora

For Sebastian Fundora, Fighting is a Family Affair

(APR 19, 2021) By Bob Velin
The undefeated rising super welterweight star draws strength from his family as he prepares to face veteran Jorge Cota Saturday, May 1 on the Andy Ruiz-Chris Arreola FOX Sports PPV card.

The Southern California desert town of Coachella has long been known for its popular annual music festival. 

But the festival may soon have to share top billing with a sensational, young and extremely tall rising star and Coachella resident known as “The Towering Inferno” who has been taking the boxing world by storm. 

Welcome to the hometown of the Fundora family, led by Cuban-born father Freddy, his Mexican-born wife Monique, and six kids, all of whom have boxed at one time or another. Yes, even mom.  

“Boxing is a sport that we practice,” says Freddy, the father, trainer and manager of his 23-year-old son Sebastian Fundora, who rises up to a towering 6-feet, 6 inches with a frame so slender it makes many wonder how he can stand up to the punishment dished out in his 154-pound weight class. 

Promoter Sampson Lewkowicz, who introduced to the sport rejects-turned-champions such as Manny Pacquiao, Sergio Martinez and David Benavidez, initially rejected the request to promote Fundora, based on his seeming fragility. Then he watched him fight. MORE

 
 

David Benavidez vs. Jose Uzcategui On Aug. 28 in WBC 168-Lb Title Eliminator

By Sean Jones
David Benavidez fights former IBF 168-lb champion Jose Uzcategui in a WBC super middleweight title eliminator on August 28th on Showtime. The winner of the Benavidez – Uzcategui fight will be mandatory for WBC champion Canelo Alvarez. MORE

 

GABRIELA FUNDORA, SISTER OF TOWERING INFERNO SEBASTIAN FUNDORA, SIGNS PROMOTIONAL AGREEMENT WITH SAMPSON BOXING; FORMER AMATEUR CHAMPION TO
TURN PROFESSIONAL IN MAY

Sampson Boxing proudly announces the signing of women’s amateur standout Gabriela “Sweet Poison” Fundora to a long-term promotional contract.

18-year-old Fundora, the younger sister of world-ranked super welterweight contender Sebastian “Towering Inferno” Fundora, is a remarkably tall 5’ 9” super flyweight southpaw, trained by her father, Freddy, at his increasingly popular gym in Coachella, California.

From a boxing family where three of her brothers, her father and her mother were once fighters, Fundora started boxing at the age of six and had an extraordinary career in amateur boxing that saw her become the most heavily decorated member of the family while winning countless regional and national championships, including the 2017 USA National Junior Championship, where she was named “Boxer of the Tournament” as well as the Junior Olympics twice, and the 2017 USA Eastern and Western Olympic Qualifying Tournaments. MORE

Michel Rivera

Michel Rivera Stops Anthony Mercado in Eight Rounds

Michel Rivera preserved his perfect record despite fighting two divisions above his most effective weight.

The unbeaten lightweight prospect from Miami by way of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic stopped Puerto Rico’s Anthony Mercado in the eighth round of their FS1-televised headliner Saturday evening at Shrine Auditorium & Expo Hall in Los Angeles.

Rivera scored three knockdowns on the night, the last of which prompted an immediate stoppage from referee Edward Collantes at 2:26 of round eight. MORE

Juan Macias Montiel Eager for Jermall Charlo WBC Title Shot

By Miguel Rivera 
Published on Wed Jan 27, 2021, 08:52 PM EST
Mexican middleweight contender Juan Macias Montiel is looking for much bigger opportunities in the new year. This past December, Montiel sensationally knocked out James Kirkland in the first round in Los Angeles. Montiel is now gunning to secure a world title shot at WBC middleweight champion Jermall Charlo. Charlo, a native of Texas, has a perfect record of 31 wins and 22 knockouts. MORE

PROMOTER LEWKOWICZ WANTS TO DO IMMEDIATE NUNEZ VS. AVAGYAN REMATCH AFTER ACTION-PACKED DRAW IN SHOBOX: THE NEW GENERATION® CO-MAIN EVENT ON WEDNESDAY NIGHT

New York, New York – January 22, 2021 – Sampson Lewkowicz, promoter of undefeated Panamanian super featherweight Jose “Magnifico” Nunez (11-0-2, 4 KOs), says a rematch must happen between his fighter and Armenia’s Aram Avagyan (10-0-2, 4 KOs).

The pair of hard-nosed prospects fought to an action-packed eight-round majority draw this week in the co-main event of Wednesday night’s edition of ShoBox: The New Generation from Mohegan Sun Arena, as Judge Peter Hary had it 77-75 in favor of the Panamanian, but was overruled by Tom Carusone and John McKaie, who both scored the exciting fight 76-76. Showtime’s unofficial scorer Steve Farhood scored it 77-75 in favor of Nunez. MORE

TIMEFRAME FOR DAVID BENAVIDEZ’S RETURN REVEALED

By FIGHT SPORTS

Fight fans haven’t seen David Benavidez in action since August 2020 but the wait is almost over.

In Benavidez’s last fight, he shared the ring with Roamer Alexis Angulo. Benavidez stopped Angulo before the 11th round could begin. This would’ve been a successful WBC Super-Middleweight Title defense for Benavidez, but he missed weight. He ended up being stripped of the gold.

Benavidez’s promoter, Sampson Lewkowicz, told BoxingScene.com that “El Bandera Roja” will be back in action about two months from now.
“He will fight in March. We are working on opponents now, but it will definitely be at super middleweight."

Lewkowicz went on to say that Benavidez is doing what he needs to do to get back in the title picture at super-middleweight. MORE

Sampson Boxing Signs Undefeated IBF #1 Welterweight Kudratillo Abdukakhorov to Multi-Year, Exclusive Promotional Contract

Sampson Boxing proudly announces the signing of undefeated IBF #1, WBO #13 and Ring Magazine #8 welterweight contender Kudratillo “The Punisher” Abdukakhorov to a multi-year, exclusive promotional contract.

Originally from Uzbekistan, but currently training at the Elite Pro Boxing Gym in Santa Fe Springs, California, under trainer Armando Valenzuela, Abdukakhorov (17-0, 9 KOs) has already held the WBC Silver welterweight Championship and is now the IBF mandatory for unified champion Errol Spence Jr.

Abdukakhorov was a four-time national Uzbekistani champion as an amateur, finishing with an impressive record of 170-10. The 27-year-old was originally signed with Bob Arum’s Top Rank and had his first two fights in the US under their banner. In March 2019, he took a unanimous decision over former world title challenger Keita Obara. And then in October 2019, Abdukakhorov became the IBF’s #1 by winning a clear-cut 10-round technical decision over former world champion Luis Collazo. MORE

Juan Macias Montiel Scores Shock Knockout Over James Kirkland in One Round & Unbeaten Jesus Ramos Impresses with Knockout Over Naim Nelson; One Barrientes Brother Wins by Knockout, One Loses by Knockout in Night of Upsets

LOS ANGELES (December 26, 2020) – Fighting in the 10-round middleweight co-main event of FOX PBC Fight Night and on FOX Deportes from the Shrine Auditorium and Expo Hall in Los Angeles tonight, Los Mochis, Mexico’s hard-punching Juan Macias “Juanito” Montiel (22-4-2, 22 KOs) easily destroyed former top contender James “Mandingo Warrior” Kirkland (34-3, 30 KOs) of Austin, Texas, knocking him down three times and finishing him at just 1:56 of the first round.

Within the first 30 seconds, Montiel dropped Kirkland with a left hook to the temple and sent him down again soon after with a follow-up series of uppercuts and left hands. An unsteady-looking Kirkland rose for the second time, looking to continue fighting, but was sent back to the canvas for the third and final time from a strong barrage culminated by a Montiel right hand. Referee Jerry Cantu didn’t bother to count before waving it off and awarding Montiel the upset victory.

Patrick Cora-Hurshidbek Normatov Tops ShoBox 2021 Season Premiere, Jan. 20 At Mohegan Sun

Twenty years later, Showtime’s ShoBox: The Next Generation series continues to stay true to its roots.

The premium cable outlet will enter the 20th anniversary year of its groundbreaking prospect series with a strong quadrupleheader taking place January 20, live on Showtime from Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut. Headlining the card, Patrick Cora and Hurshidbek Normatov meet in a scheduled 10-round junior middleweight contest.

The eight prospects on the show—who boast a combined record of 93-1-3 (45KOs) are represented by five different promoters: Sampson Boxing, DiBella Entertainment, Paco Boxing, Kings Promotions and Salita Promotions. Both statistics are directly in line with another staple of the long-running series which—in addition to having produced more than 80 major titlists—has long sought out the best rising talent, regardless of politics.

“We are excited to ring in the new year with a ShoBox event that brings together five promoters and features eight fighters with only one loss amongst them,” said Gordon Hall, executive producer for ShoBox, which debuted in July 2001. “Each fight presents prospects in both corners in their toughest tests to date with all looking to continue their quest to turn from prospect to contender. MORE

 

SEBASTIAN FUNDORA: 154 IS STACKED -
I'LL BE READY FOR ANYONE!

BOXING SCENE STAFF

Super welterweight sensation Sebastian 'The Towering Inferno' Fundora (16-0-1, 11 KOs) delivered a dominating second round TKO of former title challenger Habib Ahmed (27-2-1, 18 KOs) in their WBA super welterweight title eliminator at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

Ahmed, who spent nearly his entire career at 168-pounds, had previously... MORE

 

SEBASTIAN FUNDORA IS BUILT FOR LONG-RANGE BOXING,
BUT WAS BORN TO FIGHT

BY RYAN SONGALIA

The first time Sampson Lewkowicz laid eyes on the 6-foot-6 junior middleweight Sebastian Fundora, the word that immediately popped into his head was “fragile.” The young man’s father, Freddy Fundora, had approached Lewkowicz when the 19-year-old was 4-0 as a pro, and told Lewkowicz that they’d always had him in mind to be the promoter.

Unsure of how durable this rail thin but pugnacious young man could be, Lewkowicz decided to give him a chance. In September of 2017, he matched him with a 5-0 prospect named Victor Toney in Las Vegas. After Fundora won a comfortable unanimous decision, Lewkowicz asked his father’s permission to take Fundora on the road with him. MORE

PROMOTER LEWKOWICZ PETITIONS WBC TO ORDER IMMEDIATE JAVIER FORTUNA VS. DEVIN HANEY FIGHT
FOR WBC LIGHTWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP

This morning, Sampson Lewkowicz, promoter of two-time world champion and WBC #2 lightweight contender Javier “El Abejon” Fortuna (36-2-1, 25 KOs), has submitted a formal request to the WBC to order immediate negotiations to begin for Fortuna to face current WBC Lightweight Champion Devin Haney (25-0, 15 KOs).

In his request, Lewkowicz cites the extended series of cancelled and declined fights for his top-rated fighter:

  • After fighting his way to the #1 spot in the WBC ratings last November, Fortuna was supposed to face England’s Luke Campbell in April of this year for the vacant lightweight championship after champion Haney was sidelined by shoulder injury and named a “champion in recess.” However, the COVID-19 pandemic prevented the fight from happening and gave Haney adequate time to recover.
  • The WBC then reinstated Haney as champion and granted him a voluntary defense. They further mandated that Fortuna and Campbell meet for the WBC interim lightweight championship and then face the winner of Haney’s voluntary defense immediately after. That arrangement fell through though, when Campbell’s promoter, Eddie Hearn, announced he was planning to step over #1 contender Fortuna to make a fight between Haney and #2 contender Campbell. MORE

UNBEATEN INTERIM WBA SUPER FEATHERWEIGHT CHAMPION CHRIS COLBERT BATTLES HARD-HITTING JAIME ARBOLEDA LIVE ON SHOWTIME® SATURDAY, DECEMBER 12 IN AN EVENT PRESENTED BY PREMIER BOXING CHAMPIONS

Middleweight Contenders Matt Korobov and Ronald Ellis Clash
in Co-Main Event; Rising Super Lightweight Prospect Richardson Hitchins Takes on Former World Champion Argenis Mendez in Telecast Opener

NEW YORK - November 20, 2020 – Two of the top fighters in the 130-pound division will meet when unbeaten interim WBA Super Featherweight Champion Chris “Primetime” Colbert faces the hard-hitting Jaime Arboleda in the main event of SHOWTIME BOXING: SPECIAL EDITION Saturday, December 12 at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT live on SHOWTIME from Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn., in an event presented by Premier Boxing Champions.

The tripleheader, originally scheduled for November 28, will see middleweight contenders Matt Korobov and Ronald Ellis battle in the 10-round co-main event and rising super lightweight phenom Richardson Hitchins taking on the toughest test of his young career as he faces former world champion Argenis Mendez in a 10-round telecast opener. The event is promoted by TGB Promotions and Sampson Boxing. Hitchins vs. Mendez is co-promoted by Mayweather Promotions.

Nordine Oubaali vs. Nonito Donaire was originally scheduled to take place on December 12 but was postponed after Oubaali tested positive for COVID-19. MORE

Javier Fortuna-Antonio Lozada Tops PBC on FS1, November 21

Former world champion Javier "El Abejon" Fortuna will take on Mexico's Antonio Lozada in a 10-round lightweight showdown that headlines FS1 PBC Fight Night and on FOX Deportes Saturday, November 21 from Los Angeles.
 
FS1 PBC Fight Night begins at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT and will see unbeaten Starling Castillo battle lightweight contender Austin Dulay in the 10-round co-main event. In special features on the telecast, middleweight prospect Raymond Guajardo competes in a four-round attraction and lightweight prospect Armani Alméstica makes his pro debut in a four-round affair. The event is promoted by TGB Promotions. MORE

Promoter Sampson Lewkowicz Congratulates Long-Time Panamanian Broadcaster Juan Carlos Tapia for Nomination to International Boxing Hall of Fame Class of 2021

Guinness World-Record Holder Tapia has Been Host of The Best of Boxing for the Past 45 Years

Promoter Sampson Lewkowicz sends his sincere congratulations to Panamanian broadcasting legend Juan Carlos Tapia for his third consecutive nomination for induction into the International Boxing Hall of Fame (IBHOF).

Tapia, nominated in the Observer category for the Class of 2021, is a Guinness World Records holder as the creator and host of “LO MEJOR DEL BOXEO” (The Best of Boxing), the oldest televised sports program in the world still broadcasting with its original host. Beginning with its first broadcast on January 9, 1975, featuring a fight between Colombia’s Antonio Cervantes and Japan’s Shinichi Kadota, Tapia has been the uninterrupted host of The Best of Boxing for the past 45 years, soon to be 46.

The Best of Boxing is seen, free of charge, by millions of faithful fans every week in Latin American countries including Argentina, Chile, Peru, Ecuador, Brazil, Colombia, all of Central America, Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico and has featured such fighting legends as Muhammad Ali, "Sugar" Ray Leonard, Roberto Duran, Julio César Chavez , Mike Tyson , Evander Holyfield , Oscar de la Hoya , Bernard Hopkins, Floyd "Money" Mayweather and Ricky Hatton, among other well-known boxers. MORE

Rosario Aiming to Disrupt Charlomania

WBA and IBF 154-pound champion Jeison Rosario stated his intention to go toe-to-toe with WBC champion Jermell Charlo when they clash this Saturday on Showtime PPV. “Fight fans are going to get a war on September 26,” said Rosario. “Charlo and I are two of the biggest punchers in the division. We both fight with a lot of pride. We’re two very aggressive fighters who want to fight in the middle of the ring, so we’re going to bring the action and make this an epic war.”

The 25-year-old Rosario has had a smooth training camp for the biggest fight of his career, despite the pandemic, while training in Miami, Fla. with his coach Luis “Chiro” Perez. MORE

Khongsong Camp Poised for Upset

Photo: Team Khongsong
By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing

IBF #1 light welterweight Apinun Khongsong (16-0, 13 KOs) is confident of causing an upset victory over IBF, WBA champion Josh Taylor (16-0, 12 KOs) when they clash at BT Sports Studios in London, England on September 26.
Jimmy Chaichotchuang, manager of Apinun Khongsong, told Fightnews.com®, “Apinun Khongsong and trainer Fahsai and I arrived in London on September 9 and are doing the self-isolation for 14 days at the Townhall Hotel. Apinun and his team passed the COVID-19 test before entering into the U.K. All the team is doing the test since day one in the U.K. We’ll do the COVID 19 test again before the fight. Apinun does his training in the room. Physically and mentally he’s in good condition.
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TEAM BENAVIDEZ PETITION WBC TO BE PLACED BACK IN SUPER MIDDLEWEIGHT RANKINGS; UNDEFEATED FORMER CHAMPION WAS PLACED IN #1 SLOT AT LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT

Sampson Lewkowicz, promoter for undefeated two-time WBC Super Middleweight World Champion David “El Bandera Roja” Benavidez, has sent the following letter to the WBC, requesting they reinstate Benavidez into their super middleweight rankings.

After failing to make weight for what would have been his first defense of the WBC strap against Roamer Alexis Angulo on August 15, the WBC graciously installed Benavidez (23-0, 20 KOs) as their #1 contender at light heavyweight.

However, after consulting with physicians in his hometown of Phoenix, Team Benavidez say they’re confident the pandemic played a major role in Benavidez’s weight problems and that 168lbs is still a safe weight to make for the 23-year-old Benavidez. MORE

RISING STAR DAVID BENAVIDEZ REMAINS UNDEFEATED WITH DOMINATING STOPPAGE WIN OVER ALEXIS ANGULO SATURDAY ON SHOWTIME®

Mayweather Promotions’ Rolando Romero Scores Unanimous Decision Over Previously Unbeaten Jackson Maríñez for Interim WBA Lightweight Title; Otto Wallin TKOs Travis Kauffman In Heavyweight Scrap

 

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UNCASVILLE, Conn. – August 16, 2020 – David Benavidez kept his unbeaten record intact after 23 fights with a dominating performance against Alexis Angulo in the main event of an exciting night of boxing live on SHOWTIME Saturday night from Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn., presented by Premier Boxing Champions.
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In the SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® tripleheader card, the 23-year-old Benavídez (23-0, 20 KOs) – who lost his WBC world title belt on the scale on Friday – scored a stoppage victory against the former world title challenger Angulo (26-2, 22 KOs), whose corner threw in the towel after the 10th round.

“I rate myself a solid eight,” Benavidez said. “I could have done some stuff better, but overall it was a great performance. I didn’t want to go too fast and leave myself exposed for some big shots. He’s a heavy puncher. But like I said, I like to do the stuff that nobody has ever done. Nobody has ever stopped him and I’m pretty sure nobody is ever going to make him look like that again. I demolished him from round one to round 10." MORE

Fortuna Eager to Honor Lewkowicz by
Becoming Three-Division Champ

By Jake Donovan 

Javier Fortuna waited months for word of his rescheduled ring assignment, though even that paled in comparison to the best boxing related news he’s heard this year.

The former two-division titlist was among many in the industry overcome with joy upon learning that his promoter, Sampson Lewkowicz was given a clean bill of health following thyroid surgery in late July. News of the successful procedure came as Fortuna prepares for his 12-round lightweight clash versus former three-division titlist Jorge Linares on August 28, live on DAZN from Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, California… MORE

Jermell Charlo Vs. Jeison Rosario Being Negotiated For September

By Matt Lieberman:

Jermell Charlo is in negotiations for a unification fight against IBF/WBA 154-pound champion Jeison Rosario for September. ESPN is reporting the news on WBC junior middleweight champ Charlo (33-1, 17 KOs) and Rosario (20-1-1, 14 KOs) in talks that are “moving well.”

The IBF has already accepted the Rosario-Charlo unification fight, which will allow Jeison to bypass his mandatory Bakhram Murtazaliev.

On paper, Charlo has to be the favorite in this fight, as he’s someone that showed a steadiness in his performances in the last five years… MORE

David Benavidez prepared to avoid upset against Roamer Alexis Angulo; Benavidez defends his WBC super middleweight crown in Showtime’s Aug. 15 main event

By Scott Christ@scblh1  Aug 6, 2020, 10:00am EDT

WBC super middleweight titlist David Benavidez will return to action in Showtime’s Aug. 15 main event, defending against upset-minded veteran Roamer Alexis Angulo from the Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Connecticut.

Benavidez, 23, is already a two-time 168-pound titleholder, having first won the WBC title in Sept. 2017, beating Ronald Gavril for the vacant belt. After having to give it up... MORE

Sampson Lewkowicz Cancer Surgery Successful

‘Thank You to All My Boxing Friends and Family for Your Prayers’

Having undergone successful thyroid cancer surgery, promoter Sampson Lewkowicz wishes to thank hundreds of well-wishers and assure them he will be making his comeback very soon.

“God works in mysterious ways,” said the recovering Lewkowicz.

In early June of this year, Lewkowicz says he had a small abrasion on his nose. “My four-year-old granddaughter, Emma, noticed it,” he explains, “she called it a ‘boo boo,’ and she made me promise to go to the doctor for it. I went to the doctor and while he was examining me, he noticed a lump in my neck and ordered me to undergo a biopsy, which revealed I had thyroid cancer and several tumors." MORE

Sampson Boxing Re-Signs Mexican Contenders Eduardo ‘Zurdito’ Ramirez and Jorge ‘Demonio’ Cota to Promotional Contracts

Sampson boxing proudly announces the re-signing of featherweight contender Eduardo “Zurdito” Ramirez and super welterweight contender Jorge “Demonio” Cota, both of Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico, to exclusive long-term promotional contracts.

Ramirez (23-2-3, 10 KOs) is a 27-year-old, highly skilled southpaw with fast hands and super defense. He was last seen stopping formerly undefeated Cuban Leduan Barthelemy in four impressive rounds last November in Las Vegas. The pair had previously fought to a controversial draw, but this time Ramirez left no doubt.

Cota (30-4, 27 KOs) is a 27-year-old perennial contender with powerful fists and a hard-nosed relentless free-swinging style. Cota was last seen at the Liacouras Center in Philadelphia where he scored a TKO 5 over popular contender Thomas LaManna on the undercard of promotional stablemate Jeison Rosario’s title-winning stoppage of Julian Williams in January of this year.

Both fighters are trained by Pedro and Eduardo Montiel and managed by Manuel Montiel Jr., brothers of five-time world champion Fernando Montiel. MORE

Sampson Lewkowicz Re-Signs Dominican Two-Time World Champion Javier Fortuna to a Long-Term Promotional Contract

Sampson Boxing proudly announces the re-signing of two-time former world champion Javier “El Abejon” Fortuna to a promotional contract.

From La Romana, Dominican Republic, Fortuna (35-2-1, 24 KOs), the former WBA Featherweight and Super Featherweight Champion, has fought under the Sampson Boxing banner from his pro debut and has gone on to have one of the greatest careers in history for a Dominican boxer.

The 31-year-old is currently the world’s #1 WBC lightweight contender and, upon the end of the pandemic’s halt of professional boxing, will next face England’s Luke Campbell, for the interim lightweight championship.

The winner of that match will go on to face current Regular Champion, Devin Haney. MORE

SAMPSON BOXING SIGNS ARGENTINE MIDDLEWEIGHT PROSPECT WALTER MATTHYSSE JR. TO A CO-PROMOTIONAL CONTRACT

Sampson Boxing proudly announces the signing of promising middleweight prospect Walter Ezequiel Matthysse Jr. to a multi-year co-promotional contract, along with Argentina-based Tello Box.

21-year-old Matthysse is the nephew of hard-punching two-time world champion Lucas Matthysse and the son of former world-title challenger Walter Matthysse Sr. A decorated amateur in his native Argentina, Matthysse started boxing at age 11 and has an outstanding amateur record of 59-3-1 (30 KOs).

Matthysse will turn professional in Argentina at the conclusion of the pandemic with the goal of becoming the latest new star on the live-boxing television series Premier Boxing Champions in the United States.

“I’m very happy and proud that a company like Sampson Boxing has noticed me and I promise to give my best in this new stage of my career," said the young Matthysse. MORE

Promoter Sampson Lewkowicz Weighs in on Devin Haney’s WBC Petition to Face Javier Fortuna Immediately Upon Boxing’s Return

Promoter Sampson Lewkowicz is issuing the following statement regarding Lightweight Champion in Recess Devin Haney’s WBC petition to face number one contender Javier Fortuna immediately when boxing resumes.

Last December, Haney underwent shoulder surgery, which prompted the WBC to designate him a champion in recess during his recovery and order a fight between their top two contenders, The Dominican Republic’s Javier Fortuna and England’s Luke Campbell, for the vacant lightweight championship.

However, the COVID-19 pandemic has halted all boxing and the Fortuna vs. Campbell fight has been postponed indefinitely, which has given Haney adequate time to recover. Haney is now asking the WBC to forego the fight for the vacant championship and instead let him face Fortuna immediately upon boxing’s return.

Lewkowicz, the long-time exclusive promoter of Fortuna, says he prefers to stick with the WBC ruling and have the winner of Fortuna and Campbell move on to face Haney, but is willing to compromise with regard to the championship status of the fight. MORE

Sampson Boxing, Paco Boxing Announce Postponement of Boxing Event on April 24 at The Cannery Casino & Hotel in Las Vegas

Sampson Boxing and Paco Boxing regretfully announce the postponement of their boxing event, originally scheduled for Friday, April 24, 2020 at the Cannery Casino & Hotel in Las Vegas.

“Fight Night at the Cannery” was to have featured Argentina’s Alberto “Beto” Palmetta (13-1, 9 KOs) taking on Tijuana, Mexico’s Jorge Alberto “El Chihuas” Brito (13-1, 8 KOs) in the 10-round welterweight main event, as well as Colombia’s Yeis “El Tigre” Solano (15-0, 10 KOs) facing Dominican Republic’s also undefeated Starling “El Poli” Castillo (11-0, 8 KOs) in the 10-round super lightweight co-main and Montevideo, Uruguay power puncher Amilcar “Pety” Vidal (11-0, 10 KOs) against unbeaten Texan Donald Reed (8-0-1, 5 KOs) in the 10-round middleweight opener.

“Although I am disappointed in this postponement, I am proud to see the boxing community’s responding to the virus in such a unified and responsible way,” said Sampson Lewkowicz. “To the Boxing Hall of Fame and all my fellow promoters who have had to postpone or cancel their events in the name of fighter safety, I salute and look forward to many more unforgettable nights of boxing when this is all over.”

Lewkowicz says he will announce a new date when conditions are once again favorable to live events.

Sampson Boxing Signs Venezuela’s Roiman Villa
to a Promotional Contract

Sampson Boxing proudly announces the signing of super lightweight knockout puncher Roiman “Flaco de Oro” Villa to a promotional contract.

26-year-old Villa (21-1, 21 KOs) hails from Baranquita, Venezuela. He started boxing at age six and went on to compile an amateur record of 138-9 and was a five-time national champion.

Villa says he first noticed his sensational power as a youngster.

“In the amateurs in Venezuela, I noticed the different effect my punches had compared to the other fighters. I’m gifted with a lot of power. That’s why I fight going forward all the time. I’m always looking for the knockout opportunity.”

Villa turned professional in 2015 and has been blasting out his South American competition. MORE

Undefeated WBC Super Middleweight World Champion David Benavidez Defends Title in Homecoming Fight Against Former Title Challenger Roamer Alexis Angulo

Live on SHOWTIME® Saturday, April 18 In A Premier Boxing Champions Event From Arizona Federal Theatre In Phoenix

Plus! Rising Lightweight Contender Michel Rivera Faces Mexico’s Marcos Villasana Jr. In WBC Title Eliminator & Interim WBA Super Lightweight Titlist Alberto Puello Takes On Two-Division World Champion Rances Barthelemy

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PHOENIX - March 9, 2020 - Undefeated WBC Super Middleweight World Champion Davíd “El Bandera Roja” Benavidez will defend his title on Saturday, April 18 in his hometown of Phoenix, Ariz. against former world title challenger Roamer Alexis Angulo, live on SHOWTIME from Arizona Federal Theatre headlining a Premier Boxing Champions event.

The SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® telecast begins at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT and features rising lightweight prospect Michel Rivera taking on Mexico’s Marcos Villasana Jr. in a WBC Lightweight Title Eliminator in the co-main event. Interim WBA Super Lightweight titlist Alberto Puello faces two-division world champion Rances Barthelemy in the televised opener. MORE

ACEVEDO FUE UNA "MAQUINITA" Y ES EL NUEVO CAMPEÓN ARGENTINO SÚPER PLUMA

El cordobés Kevin “La Maquinita” Acevedo (58,800) se consagró campeón argentino súper pluma al vencer por puntos en diez rounds y en fallo unánime, al catamarqueño Javier Herrera (58,400), en la pelea central de la velada realizada el domingo 8 de marzo en el Club Atlético, Social y Deportivo Camioneros, de Luis Guillón (Buenos Aires), en otra realización de Sampson Boxing y Tello Box, en asociación con Promociones San Miguel.

Acevedo, de 26 años y récord rentado de 20-3-3, 6 KO) dominó a su rival durante gran parte del combate, apoyado en su movimiento de cintura y capacidad para pelear en el cuerpo a cuerpo descontando la ventaja de alcance y estatura de Herrera (27 años y 16-4-1, 8 KO).

Solamente en el primer episodio y en partes del octavo y noveno, el catamarqueño pudo imponer su jab zurdo y golpes rectos, pero en el resto del lance fue Acevedo y su fragor en el “infighting” el que pudo gobernar el desarrollo. Incluso, en ciertos pasajes de la segunda mitad, dominó desde la larga y media distancia con jabs y movilidad.

Las tarjetas del jurado marcaron unánimemente el éxito del nativo de Coronel Moldes de la siguiente manera: 96-94 (para Jesuán Letizia y Héctor Miguel) y 97-94,5 (de acuerdo a Carlos Azzinaro). Arbitró Mario González. MORE

CONGRATULATIONS SEBASTIAN FUNDORA

LEWKOWICZ MEETS WITH PANAMANIAN PRESIDENT CORTIZO TO REJUVENATE COUNTRY’S AMATEUR BOXING PROGRAM

Yesterday, Thursday, February 6 in Panama, Promoter Sampson Lewkowicz of Sampson Boxing accepted an invitation to a meeting with that country’s president, the Honorable Laurentino “Nito” Cortizo Cohen, to discuss a rebirth of their amateur boxing program.

The meeting, held at the Palacio de las Garzas, in Panama City, was also attended by the presidents of the World Boxing Council (WBC) and the International Federation (IBF), the Mexican Mauricio Sulaimán and the American Daryl Peoples, respectively , and the legendary local journalist Juan Carlos Tapia, whose program “The Best of Boxing” has been uninterrupted for 45 years in Panama and is included in the Guinness Book of World Records as the longest running sports TV broadcast in the world.

Native Uruguayan Lewkowicz, who oversaw the WBC’s “New Dawn of Uruguayan Boxing” program (which  Sulaimán calls "the best amateur program in the universe"), explained the details of the successful plan to Cortizo and outlined how it could be implemented in Panama as well.

Cortizo was enthusiastic about the project and showed great interest in starting it in Panama to “help youth and give them a light in the tunnel with the noble sport of boxing,” he said.

Tapia also showed his desire to support the program hoping it will be “the new dawn of Panamanian boxing.”

“The New Dawn of Panamanian Boxing” (El Nuevo Amanecer Del Boxeo Panameño) program will begin soon with the assistance of Lewkowicz and the Uruguayan Commission of Amateur and Professional Boxing (CUBAP) and its president Sergio Márquez.

SAMPSON SE REUNIÓ EN PANAMÁ CON EL PRESIDENTE CORTIZO EN BUSCA DE UN “NUEVO AMANECER DEL BOXEO PANAMEÑO”

El promotor Sampson Lewkowicz, titular de Sampson Boxing LLC, fue recibido este jueves 6 de febrero en Panamá, por el Honorable Presidente de ese país Laurentino “Nito” Cortizo Cohen, a quien le expuso detalles del exitoso programa de boxeo amateur que impulsó en Uruguay, del cual el primer mandatario se mostró muy interesado.

A la reunión, llevada a cabo en el Palacio de las Garzas, en Ciudad de Panamá, asistieron además los presidentes del Consejo Mundial de Boxeo (WBC) y la Federación Internacional (IBF), el mexicano Mauricio Sulaimán y el estadounidense Daryl Peoples, respectivamente, y el legendario periodista local Juan Carlos Tapia, cuyo programa “Lo Mejor del Boxeo” lleva 45 años ininterrumpidos al aire en Panamá y figura en el libro Guinness de récords mundiales como la emisión de TV deportiva de más duración en el mundo.

Sampson dio detalles del programa “El Nuevo Amanecer del Boxeo Uruguayo” que lleva adelante en el país oriental, el cual fue definido por el titular del WBC Mauricio Sulaimán como “el mejor programa amateur del universo”.

Cortizo se entusiasmó con el proyecto y mostró gran interés para impulsarlo en Panamá para, según dijo, “ayudar a la juventud y darles una luz en el túnel con el noble deporte del boxeo”.

Juan Carlos Tapia también mostró su deseo de darle apoyo al programa esperando sea “el nuevo amanecer del boxeo panameño”, para lo cual, según se supo tras el mitin, el pugilsimo canalero contará con la ayuda y asistencia de Sampson y de la Comisión Uruguaya de Boxeo Amateur y Profesional (CUBAP) y su presidente Sergio Márquez.

Rosario is WBA Fighter of the Month

Dominican Jeison Rosario was named Boxer of the Month by the World Boxing Association (WBA) in January, while Uzbekistan’s Murodjon Akhmadaliev won the honorary mention, thanks to both fighters’ victories. The monthly rankings of the pioneer boxing organization have already been published, and with them the awards of the period. Rosario takes the highest honors thanks to his excellent victory on January 18 against American Julian Williams. The Quisqueyan broke all predictions with a brilliant performance that defined the American by technical knockout in the fifth round. Now, Rosario appears in the discussion to face the super welterweight best fighters to defend his Super Championship. MORE

CONGRATULATIONS JEISON ROSARIO!!!

Sampson Boxing Signs Thailand’s Apinun Khongsong To A
Co-Promotional Contract

Hard-Punching Thai is Mandatory Challenger to Unified Super Lightweight Champion Josh Taylor

Promoter Sampson Lewkowicz proudly announces he has signed Bangkok, Thailand, slugger Apinun Khongsong to a co-promotional contract, along with Jimmy Chaichotchuang of Kiat Kreerin Promotions.

23-year-old Khongsong (16-0, 13 KOs) is the mandatory challenger to WBA and IBF Super Lightweight World Champion Josh Taylor of Scotland. Khongsong became the IBF’s mandatory by scoring a fifth-round knockout over Akihiro Kondo this past February.

Co-promoter Chaichotchuang says he and Khongsong were in attendance for Taylor’s World Boxing Super Series unanimous decision victory over Ivan Baranchyk last May and the pair say they see holes in the Scotsman’s game. MORE


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