September 2, 2014

HAYMON SIGNS SAMPSON BOXING TRIO

Promoter Sampson Lewkowicz, whose Sampson Boxing promotional company has been steadily growing, told ESPN.com that three of his fighters have signed with adviser Al Haymon.

The three are Dominican junior lightweight contender Javier Fortuna (25-0-1, 18 KOs), Dominican junior featherweight prospect Jonathan Guzman (16-0, 16 KOs) and junior featherweight Oscar Escandon (23-1, 16 KOs) of Colombia.

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August 20, 2014

CAMPILLO LOOKING FOR HIS NEXT ‘DANCE’ PARTNER

Former world light heavyweight champion Gabriel Campillo (24-6-1, 11 KOs) is looking for his next dance partner.

Coming off a career-rejuvenating victory over formerly undefeated Thomas Williams Jr., on August 1, live on ESPN Friday Night Fights at the Little Creek Casino in Shelton, Washington, in which he stopped Williams in five rounds, “The Handsome Man,” Campillo next wants to “tango” with any other top light heavyweight in the world.

“Gabriel Campillo, with his upset elimination-bout victory over the undefeated Williams, not only gained the right to be number two in the IBF ratings, but is also number nine in the WBC ratings,” said his exclusive promoter, Sampson Lewkowicz of Sampson Boxing. “He is back and looking forward to becoming world champion once again.”

Professional boxing has been a difficult dance for Campillo, who before suffering losses to two of the top light heavyweights in the world, Sergey Kovalev and Andrey Fonfara (a fight in which he was winning when stopped), the 35-year-old Campillo was outright robbed in high-profile fights against former or current champions Beibut Shumenov, Karo Murat and Tavoris Cloud.

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July 19, 2014

SERGIO ‘MARAVILLA’ MARTINEZ DECIDES TO CONTINUE BOXING CAREER

After lengthy discussions with members of his team, now-former WBC Middleweight Champion Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez has decided to continue his boxing career.

Determined to return and erase the terrible memory of what happened against fellow-great Miguel Cotto in June, 39-year-old Martinez will next face a top-10 contender with the goal of recapturing his world title.

“Miguel De Pablos (Business Manager) and I met with Sergio at his home in Madrid and he says he is 100% healthy and ready to do what it takes to return to the very top of boxing,” said Martinez advisor Sampson Lewkowicz.

Lewkowicz says Martinez will first undergo a full battery of head-to-toe testing from top specialists in New York, but pending full medical clearance, the former champion will be returning to the ring on a mission.

“Against Cotto, Sergio was badly hurt in the opening round from the first left hook that landed,” continued Lewkowicz, “after that, he remembers only pieces and had very little control of his body and especially his legs. He fought entirely on instinct. It was the worst night of his entire career and he is coming back to prove he is a superstar fighter who just had a bad night.”

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July 17, 2014

LEWKOWICZ SENDS CONDOLENCES OVER PASSING OF WELL-KNOWN VEGAS MANAGER GARNIK KHACHIKIAN

Promoter Sampson Lewkowicz of Sampson Boxing wishes to express his great sadness over the passing of Armenian businessman and longtime boxing manager Garnik Khachikian on July 15 after a brief illness in Las Vegas, Nevada.

A well-known and popular face in Las Vegas boxing circles, among the fighters Kachikian managed was former WBA Featherweight Champion Freddie Norwood, Almazbek "Kid Diamond" Raiymkulov and William Abelyan.

“Garnik loved boxing and was a very special person who was always there to help those in need,” said Lewkowicz. “May he rest in peace.”

May 30, 2014

JAVIER FORTUNA FIRED UP: I'LL FIGHT MIKEY GARCIA ANYWHERE!

By Ben Jacobs

Super featherweight contender Javier Fortuna (25-0-1, 18 KOs) may be relaxing on vacation in Puerto Rico, but he was fired up in a BoxingScene telephone conversation when discussing current WBO champion Mikey García.

Fortuna has previously held the WBA interim title at featherweight but now feels he merits a shot at the Californian who is currently in dispute with his promoter, Top Rank.

The Dominican Republic native had earlier uploaded a photo of himself on his Twitter account accompanied by a challenge to García.

“If I get the opportunity to fight him, I’ll fight anywhere he wants, never mind where the promoter says,” Fortuna insisted.

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June 4, 2014

COTTO-MARTINEZ PRESS CONFERENCE QUOTES & PHOTOS

Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank

Three-division world champion Miguel Cotto and WBC middleweight champion Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez hosted their final press conference Wednesday to talk about their eagerly-anticipated PPV world title collision taking place on Saturday night at the “Mecca of Boxing” Madison Square Garden in New York City.

Sergio Martinez: I come prepared. I come to box. I come to fight. I come to be in a war. On Saturday we’ll finish the talking and see the reality.

Miguel Cotto: I’m prepared for a war. It’s good for us to hear Sergio is ready for a war too, because that’s what people are gonna see. A real war.

Martinez trainer Pablo Sarmiento: I’m sorry Freddie, but for the second time in a row, you’ll be 0-2 (against Sergio Martinez).Cotto trainer Freddie Roach: Miguel is the most disciplined fighter that I have ever trained…I’d like to wish Martinez good luck, he’s gonna need it.

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May 30, 2014

‘ROCK CITY COBRA’ SAMUEL ROGERS FEELING READY TO TAKE ON ‘LATIN SNAKE’ SERGIO MORA THIS SATURDAY, MAY 31, AT DIBELLA ENTERTAINMENT AND SAMPSON BOXING’S ‘REAL FIGHTS’ AT TROPICANA IN LAS VEGAS

U.S. Virgin Islands-based middleweight contender Samuel “Rock City Cobra” Rogers says he’s ready for the biggest fight of his career this Saturday, May 31.

Rogers (14-1, 8 KOs) will face former WBA junior middleweight world champion and "The Contender" champion, WBA #10-rated Sergio "The Latin Snake" Mora (25-3-2, 8 KOs) in an eight-rounder that will serve as the chief supporting bout on DiBella Entertainment’s and Sampson Boxing’s (in association with Right Hook Promotions) event entitled “Real Fights” in the Tropicana Pavilion at the New Tropicana Resort in Las Vegas.

The co-main events that night will be telecast live on HBO Latino and HBO2 (12 midnight [ET/PT]) and feature a 10-round super featherweight battle between Dominican former world champion Javier “El Abejon” Fortuna (24-0-1, 18 KOs) and heavy-handed Mexican contender Juan Antonio Rodriguez (26-4, 23 KOs), as well as an “All Puerto Rico” 10-round super bantamweight war between undefeated Luis Rosa (16-0, 7 KOs)  and Luis “Orlandito” Del Valle (18-1, 13 KOs).

Tickets for “Real Fights” are priced at $85, $65 and $37 (plus applicable taxes). They are available for purchase online (www.troplv.com), in person at the Tropicana Las Vegas Show Tickets desk or by phone (800-829-9034).

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May 21, 2014

UNDEFEATED FEATHERWEIGHT ROCCO SANTOMAURO RETURNS TO ACTION ON MAY 31 ON DIBELLA ENTERTAINMENT AND SAMPSON BOXING’S ‘REAL FIGHTS’ UNDERCARD AT TROPICANA IN LAS VEGAS

You’d remember if you’ve ever met Vegas-based featherweight Rocco “So Cal Kid” Santomauro (11-0, 1 KO). He’s the kind of guy who is hard to forget.

The well-liked and colorful 26-year-old is as known for his out-of-ring antics, such as his signature move of eating cake while weighing in, as he is for his undefeated streak as a professional fighter.

Originally from Hesperia, California, Santomauro moved to Vegas six years ago to pursue his dream of becoming the first world champion in history of Uruguayan heritage.

Santomauro will appear on Saturday, May 31, as one of the featured undercard fighters on DiBella Entertainment’s and Sampson Boxing’s (in association with Right Hook Promotions) event entitled “Real Fights” in the Tropicana Pavilion at the New Tropicana Resort in Las Vegas. His opponent is, thus far, TBA.

The co-main events that night will be telecast live on HBO Latino and HBO2 (12 midnight [ET/PT]) and feature a 10-round super featherweight battle between Dominican former world champion Javier “El Abejon” Fortuna (24-0-1, 18 KOs) and heavy-handed Mexican contender Juan Antonio Rodriguez (26-4, 23 KOs), as well as an “All Puerto Rico” 10-round super bantamweight war between undefeated Luis Rosa (16-0, 7 KOs)  and Luis “Orlandito” Del Valle (18-1, 13 KOs).

Tickets for “Real Fights” are priced at $85, $65 and $37 (plus applicable taxes). They are available for purchase online (www.troplv.com), in person at the Tropicana Las Vegas Show Tickets desk or by phone (800-829-9034).

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May 15, 2014

JESUS GUTIERREZ TO RETURN, MAY 31 ON
DIBELLA ENTERTAINMENT AND SAMPSON BOXING’S ‘REAL FIGHTS’ UNDERCARD AT TROPICANA IN LAS VEGAS

Undefeated Las Vegas-based lightweight Jesus "Chuy" Gutierrez (11-0, 3 KOs) is getting ready to electrify the ring once again on Saturday, May 31, when he takes on Mexico’s Pablo Beccera (7-6, 4 KOs).

25-year-old Gutierrez will face Beccera on the undercard of DiBella Entertainment’s and Sampson Boxing’s (in association with Right Hook Promotions) event entitled “Real Fights” in the Tropicana Pavilion at the New Tropicana Resort in Las Vegas.

The co-main events that night will be telecast live on HBO Latino and HBO2 (12 midnight [ET/PT]) and feature a 10-round super featherweight battle between Dominican former world champion Javier “El Abejon” Fortuna (24-0-1, 18 KOs) and heavy-handed Mexican contender Juan Antonio Rodriguez (26-4, 23 KOs), as well as an “All Puerto Rico” 10-round super bantamweight war between undefeated Luis Rosa (16-0, 7 KOs)  and Luis “Orlandito” Del Valle (18-1, 13 KOs).

Tickets for “Real Fights” are priced at $85, $65 and $37 (plus applicable taxes). They are available for purchase online (www.troplv.com), in person at the Tropicana Las Vegas Show Tickets desk or by phone (800-829-9034).

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May 11, 2014

SERGIO MARTINEZ: ‘I FEARED I WOULD NEVER WALK AGAIN’

Sergio Martinez is preparing for a career-defining fight against Miguel Cotto on June 7 with his usual intensity and focus, away from the spotlight and the distractions. But this training camp has an additional factor weighing on the mind of THE RING’s middleweight champion, and this has caused him to make some dramatic changes in his training regimen.

“This year I’ve been dragging an injury that gave me a lot of headaches,” said Martinez in the last interview in his native Argentina before traveling to his home in Madrid (where he started his training camp on March 31). “My [right] knee injury was a true nightmare at times, but challenges are there to be overcome, and overcoming this injury was a very tough and important challenge to me.”

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May 08, 2014

CUSOLITO SIGNS WITH SAMPSON BOXING

Uruguayan-born, Las Vegas-based promoter Sampson Lewkowicz, President of Sampson Boxing LLC, proudly announces the signing of WBC Latino Super Bantamweight Champion, Luis Emmanuel “La Ardilla” Cusolito, to a co-promotional agreement, along with JEB Boxing of Argentina. 

The 24-year-old Cusolito (18-1, 16 KOs), from Buenos Aires, Argentina, will be defending his title on May 24 in a JEB Boxing-promoted event at Club Social y Deportivo Fluvial, in Entre Rios, Argentina, against  fellow Argentinean Nelson Daniel Monte (15-9-4, 7 KOs). 

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May 06, 2014

RIGONDEAUX RETURNS AGAINST GUZMAN JULY 19

WBA/WBO unified super bantamweight world champion Guillermo Rigondeaux (13-0, 8 KOs) will fight Jonathan Guzman (16-0, 16 KOs) on July 19th in Macao, China. Manager Gary Hyde says this will be Rigondeaux’s last fight under the Top Rank banner. “When you consider Donaire, who Rigo schooled, fought four times in 2012 it begs the question why is the P4P #3 so inactive,” commented Hyde. “Rigo is the most avoided world champion in boxing right now. None of the other ‘beltholders’ or their promoters will even mention his name never mind call him out. Let’s hope that Rigo will get at least three fights per year for the next three years from his new promoter so that boxing fans will get the chance to see his freakish talent and appreciate this boxing genius.”

April 25, 2014

SAMPSON BOXING AND JORGE ‘PILON’ LARA REACH PROMOTIONAL AGREEMENT

Sampson Lewkowicz of Sampson Boxing proudly announces he has signed an exclusive Promotional contract with rising super bantamweight star Jorge "Pilon" Lara (25-0-1, 17 KOs) from Guadalajara, Mexico.

23-year-old southpaw Lara has already scored a first-round TKO over former WBC silver champion Oscar Ibarra and won the WBC FECOMBOX featherweight title with a TKO 6 over then 19-1 Oscar Arenas.

The only blemish on Lara’s record was an abbreviated technical draw in the first year of his career.

“I am very happy and thankful to God for allowing me to be a part of one the best promotional companies in the world, thanks to its President Sampson Lewkowicz,” said Lara. “I promise not to let him down and I will always give my best effort.” CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL ARTICLE

April 25, 2014

LEE-JACKSON ADDED TO COTTO-MARTINEZ PPV

Middleweight Andy Lee (32-2, 22 KOs) will face John “Dah Rock” Jackson (18-1, 15 KOs) as part of the HBO PPV headlined by Miquel Cotto vs. Sergio Martinez on June 7 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Lee had been expected to face Willie “The Great” Nelson 21-1-1, 12 KOs), who had previously defeated Jackson, and the Nelson camp claims Nelson was aced out by a power play. “I’m very disappointed,” Nelson’s trainer Jack Loew said. “I expected a lot more from Lou DiBella.”

Jackson’s promoter is Sampson Lewkowicz, who manages Sergio Martinez. DiBella Entertainment promotes the Lewkowicz-managed Martinez. Nelson, who is co-promoted by DiBella Entertainment and Rumble Time Promotions, is still scheduled to fight June 7 but now against an opponent to be determined in an off-television bout.

April 21, 2014

HBO LATINO BOXING DOUBLEHEADER ANNOUNCED FOR MAY 31

On Saturday, May 31, boxing returns to The New Tropicana resort in Las Vegas with an exciting doubleheader featuring Javier “El Abejon” Fortuna taking on Juan Antonio Rodriguez and Luis Rosa against Luis “Orlandito” Del Valle. Tickets start at just $37 for the event, which will take place in the Tropicana Pavilion. The doubleheader will be televised live on HBO Latino at 12 midnight EST ( 9 p.m. local start time in Las Vegas).  In addition to the HBO Latino telecast, the HBO2 service will air the doubleheader with English language commentary at 12 midnight (ET/PT).

To view Tropicana Las Vegas hotel rates, visit www.troplv.com.  

The main event will feature former world champion Javier “El Abejon” Fortuna (24-0-1, 18 KOs) taking on heavy-handed contender Juan Antonio Rodriguez (26-4, 23 KOs) for 10 rounds in the super featherweight division. The co-feature will pit undefeated contender Luis Rosa (16-0, 7 KOs) against the once-beaten, top 10-rated Luis “Orlandito” Del Valle (18-1, 13 KOs) for 10 rounds in the super bantamweight division.

This Las Vegas boxing event is being promoted by DiBella Entertainment and Sampson Boxing in association with Right Hook Promotions.

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April 19, 2014

WILFREDO VAZQUEZ JR. IS NOT OVERLOOKING MARVIN SONSONA

By Ryan Burton

BoxingScene.com recently spoke to former WBO super bantamweight champion Wilfredo "Papito" Vazquez Jr. (23-3-1) who will face former WBO super flyweight champion Marvin Sonsona on June 7th on the Miguel Cotto-Sergio Martinez pay-per-view undercard. 

Vazquez Jr. recently signed with Miguel Cotto's promotional company and said that the reason he signed with his fellow Puerto Rican is because he believes that Cotto can lead him back to a title. 

"I signed with Miguel for many reasons.  He is a four-time champion.  He is a fighter himself so he knows what I need.  He has a great boxing company.  I am thankful for all of the people that helped me get to this point and all the people that I am currently working with," Vazquez explained.

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April 14, 2014

SAMPSON BOXING SIGNS KO ARTIST JONATHAN GUZMAN TO PROMOTIONAL AGREEMENT

Sampson Lewkowicz of Sampson Boxing proudly announces the signing of undefeated super bantamweight KO artist Jonathan “Salomon King” Guzman (16-0, 16 KOs) to a promotional contract. 24-year-old Guzman is an aggressive power-puncher with long arms and fast, accurate hands. In his just over two-year professional career, Guzman has already won the WBA Fedelatin bantamweight and WBC FECARBOX super bantamweight titles. He is rated #11 by the WBA at bantamweight.

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April 11, 2014

VAZQUEZ-SONSONA II ON JUNE 7

LAS VEGAS -- In 2010, Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. of Puerto Rico knocked out Marvin Sonsona of the Philippines in the fourth round to win a vacant junior featherweight world title. Four years later, they will meet again. Before the Manny Pacquiao-Timothy Bradley II final news conference at the MGM Grand on Wednesday, promoter Sampson Lewkowicz, who promotes Sonsona, told ESPN.com that the rematch was made and would be one of HBO PPV-televised bouts on the undercard of middleweight champion Sergio Martinez’s defense against Miguel Cotto on June 7 at the Madison Square Garden in New York. CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL ARTICLE

March 24, 2014

SERGIO MARTINEZ CORNER TEAM NAMED

Sergio Martinez advisor Sampson Lewkowicz has announced the team that will be working Martinez corner for his June 7 PPV fight against Miguel Cotto at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The team will consist of trainer Pablo Sarmiento, cutman Dr. Roger Anderson, hand wrapper and advisor Russ Anber and Martinez’ personal doctor, Dr. Raquel Bordons.

March 14, 2014

COTTO VS. MARTINEZ: FREDDIE ROACH LOOKING FOR COTTO TO DO WHAT CHAVEZ WOULDN'T

Freddie Roach says he's got the game plan to beat Sergio Martinez, but the first time around, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr didn't listen. This time, he's hoping Miguel Cotto will.
Freddie Roach believes he's already had the strategy in place to defeat reigning middleweight champion Sergio Martinez, but when he got a chance to have it executed in 2012, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr couldn't -- or wouldn't -- pull it off.

The Hall of Fame trainer gets another crack at the Argentine champ on June 7, when Miguel Cotto faces Martinez on HBO pay-per-view.

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March 12, 2014

COTTO-MARTINEZ:“THIS IS WHAT BOXING IS ALL ABOUT”

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By Matt Richardson
Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank

Even the most bias boxing fan would have to admit that their sport often doesn’t get it right. The list of offenses is long and range from bogus rankings to controversial decisions to pay-per-view fights that should have been viewed for free. If you’re a boxing fan you probably find yourself scratching your head in confusion or waving it side to side in anger on an almost daily basis. This is not an easy sport to be a fan of.

Then, there are times, when everything seemingly falls into place. The best fight the best in the most important and exciting fights in the biggest and most historic venues. Just hearing that two boxers have signed on the dotted line to face each other can make even the most jaded boxing fan ease up a little.

One of those latter instances took place in recent weeks and Sergio Martinez and Miguel Cotto were in New York City on Tuesday to make it official: Cotto, the rising former three-division champion will meet Martinez, the legitimate middleweight champ, in a middleweight title fight on June 7 in what is sure to be a sold-out Madison Square Garden.

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March 12, 2014

MARTINEZ: ON JUNE SEVENTH, THERE WON’T BE
ANY MORE EXCUSES

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“This fight will happen because despite being the champion, I will be the first to enter the ring, because if not, Cotto wouldn’t take the fight. I will be in the blue corner, despite being the champion. It doesn’t matter to me, because if not, Cotto wouldn’t take the fight. They will announce me first in the ring despite being the champion, because if not, Cotto wouldn’t take the fight. I imagine that on June 7th he will ask for a trail of rose petals to get into the ring or else Cotto won’t fight. On June 7th there won’t be any more excuses and any more stupidities. On June 7th, I’m going to win and Argentina is going to win.” - WBC Middleweight Champion Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez on some of the concessions he had to make to land the Miguel Cotto fight on June 7th at Madison Square Garden

WBC Middleweight Champion Sergio Martinez (49-2-2, 28 KOs) was riled up on day two of the press tour announcing his mega-bout against former three division champion Miguel Cotto (38-4, 31 KOs). The Argentine champion took the podium and expressed his frustration and indignation as he listed out the concessions he had to make to get the Puerto Rican superstar to agree to fight him.

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March 11, 2014

COTTO-MARTINEZ NEW YORK PRESSER

(www.fightnews.com) Three-time world champion Miguel Cotto of Puerto Rico and WBC world Middleweight champion Sergio Martinez from Argentina pose during a press conference in New York City during the national media tour for their eagerly-anticipated World Middleweight Championship collision which will take place on Saturday, June 7, at the “Mecca of Boxing,” Madison Square Garden. Both fighters will continue their media tour to Los Angeles on Wednesday.

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March 11, 2014

COTTO-MARTINEZ HEATS UP IN NYC

Three-division world champion Miguel Cotto and WBC middleweight champion Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez brought their coast-to-coast media tour to New York City with a press conference at Chase Square in Madison Square Garden on Tuesday. Cotto spoke first offering fairly standard press conference comments, while an agitated Martinez made a point of mentioning some of the concessions he had to make to get Cotto to accept the fight.

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March 11, 2014

FORTUNA STOPS LORENZO IN THREE

By Robert Coster

(www.fightnews.com) Former WBA interim featherweight champion Javier Fortuna stopped Francisco Lorenzo in three rounds and paved the way for his next fight on the undercard of the upcoming Martinez-Cotto showdown. Fortuna (24-0-1, 18 KOs) totally overwhelmed Lorenzo (39-13, 17 KOs), knocking him down in the third round and forcing the veteran boxer to quit on his stool. The bout was held in the jr lightweight class.

In another fight, up-and-coming Julio De Jesus (20-1, 19 KOs) won the WBA Latino jr Welterweight crown with a fourth round stoppage of countryman Abraham Peralta (12-3, 10 KOs).

The card was held at the Pedro Julio Nolasco Coliseum in La Romana, Dominican Republic and presented by Sampson Productions and Manguita Promotions.

March 10, 2014

MIGUEL COTTO AND SERGIO MARTÍNEZ WORLD MIDDLEWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP
LOS ANGELES PRESS CONFERENCE LUNCHEON

Next Wednesday!  March 12 at 12:30 P.M. PT
The Beverly Hills Hotel - Crystal Ballroom

BEVERLY HILLS, CALIF.  (March 3, 2014) --  Three-division world champion and the Pride of Puerto Rico MIGUEL COTTO and World Boxing Council (WBC)/The Ring middleweight champion and Argentina’s favorite son SERGIO "Maravilla" MARTÍNEZ, will conclude their coast-to-coast media tour in Los Angeles with a press conference luncheon in the Crystal Ballroom at The Beverly Hills Hotel (9641 Sunset Blvd., Beverly Hills, Calif. 90210) Next Wednesday!  March 12.  Luncheon will be served at 12:30 p.m. PT with the news conference beginning at 1:00 p.m. PT.   Cotto and Martínez will be talking about their eagerly-anticipated World Middleweight Championship collision which will take place on Saturday, June 7, at the “Mecca of Boxing,” Madison Square Garden.

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March 5, 2014

MIGUEL COTTO AND SERGIO MARTÍNEZ WORLD MIDDLEWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIPPUERTO RICO PRESS CONFERENCE LUNCHEON

Three-division world champion and the Pride of Puerto Rico MIGUEL COTTO and World Boxing Council (WBC)/The Ring middleweight champion and Argentina’s favorite son SERGIO "Maravilla" MARTÍNEZ, will begin their national media tour in Hato Rey, Puerto Rico, with a press conference luncheon at Coliseo de Puerto Rico - José Miguel Agrelot (#500 Arterial B St., Hato Rey, P.R. 00918) Next Monday!  March 10.   Martínez and Cotto will host separate interview sessions at 11:00 a.m. ET and 11:30 a.m. ET, respectively.  The news conference will begin at Noon ET, followed by luncheon for the media.  Cotto and Martínez will be talking about their eagerly-anticipated World Middleweight Championship collision which will take place on Saturday, June 7, at the “Mecca of Boxing,” Madison Square Garden.

The press conference will be open to the public.

Promoted by Miguel Cotto Promotions, Top Rank®, DiBella Entertainment and Sampson Boxing, in association with Maravilla Box, Tecate and Madison Square Garden, the Cotto - Martínez World Middleweight Championship event will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View®, beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET / 6:00 p.m. PT.

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March 5, 2014

MIGUEL COTTO AND SERGIO MARTÍNEZ WORLD MIDDLEWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP
NEW YORK PRESS CONFERENCE

Three-division world champion and the Pride of Puerto Rico MIGUEL COTTO and World Boxing Council (WBC)/The Ring middleweight champion and Argentina’s favorite son SERGIO "Maravilla" MARTÍNEZ, will bring their coast-to-coast media tour to New York with a press conference at Chase Square in Madison Square Garden on Next Tuesday!  March 11, beginning at 11:30 a.m. ET.   Cotto and Martínez will be talking about their eagerly-anticipated World Middleweight Championship collision which will take place on Saturday, June 7, at the “Mecca of Boxing,” Madison Square Garden.  Promoted by Miguel Cotto Promotions, Top Rank®, DiBella Entertainment and Sampson Boxing, in association with Maravilla Box, Tecate and Madison Square Garden, the Cotto - Martínez World Middleweight Championship event will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View®, beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET / 6:00 p.m. PT.

The fighters and their teams will be available for one-on-one interviews.  Media should enter through the glass doors of The Garden at 32rd St. & 7th Ave., beginning at 11:00 a.m. ET.

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March 5, 2014

COTTO-MARTINEZ TIX INFO

Three-division world champion and the Pride of Puerto Rico MIGUEL COTTO and World Boxing Council (WBC)/The Ring middleweight champion and Argentina’s favorite son SERGIO "Maravilla" MARTÍNEZ, will bring their coast-to-coast media tour to New York with a press conference Next Tuesday March 11, beginning at 11:30 a.m. ET. Cotto and Martínez will be talking about their eagerly-anticipated World Middleweight Championship collision which will take place on Saturday, June 7, at the “Mecca of Boxing,” Madison Square Garden . Promoted by Miguel Cotto Promotions, Top Rank ®, DiBella Entertainment and Sampson Boxing, in association with Maravilla Box, Tecate and Madison Square Garden, the Cotto - Martínez World Middleweight Championship event will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View®, beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET / 6:00 p.m. PT.

Cotto (39-4, 31 KOs), of Caguas, Puerto Rico, who has sold more tickets to The Garden than any other fighter in this millennium, will attempt to become Puerto Rico’s first four-division world champion while Martínez (51-2-2, 28 KOs), of Quilmes, Buenos Aires, Argentina, who has never lost a world championship fight, defends the title he first won in 2010. Both gladiators boast a combined record of 89-6-2 (59 KOs) – a winning percentage of 92% and a victory by knockout ratio of 66%.

Tickets to the Cotto vs. Martínez World Middleweight Championship event go on sale Wednesday, March 12, at Noon ET / 9:00 A.M. PT. Priced at $750, $500, $300, $200, $100 and $50, tickets can be purchased at the Madison Square Garden Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, Ticketmaster charge by phone (866-858-0008), and online at www.ticketmaster.com and www.thegarden.com.

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March 5, 2014

SERGIO MARTINEZ VOWS TO BEAT MIGUEL COTTO INTO RETIREMENT

RING middleweight champion Sergio Martinez was fighting mad on Friday, his 39th birthday, vowing to severely punish Miguel Cotto, whom he says "won't see the ninth round" when they meet on June 7 at Madison Square Garden.

A southpaw from Argentina now living in Spain, Martinez told RingTV.com that he is miffed about the negotiations for the bout, which resulted in the fight being billed "Cotto-Martinez," along with a contracted catchweight of 159 pounds.

"I feel great. I honestly do not feel like I'm 39 as I am still light on my feet. Age is just a number," said Martinez through translator/advisor Nathan Lewkowicz.

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March 5, 2014

MIGUEL COTTO VS. SERGIO MARTINEZ: HEAD-TO-TOE BREAKDOWN OF CHAMPIONSHIP FIGHT

Sergio Martinez and Miguel Cotto are set to go for a June 7 HBO pay-per-view showdown, with Martinez returning from what will by then be a 14-month absence to defend his middleweight crown against three-division champ Cotto.

Martinez (51-2-2, 28 KO) will be giving up "home field" to Cotto (38-4, 31 KO), as the fight will take place at Miguel's favorite venue, Madison Square Garden in New York. For his career, Cotto is 7-1 at MSG, though the one loss came in his last fight there against Austin Trout in December 2012. He's fought just once since then, teaming up with another new trainer in Freddie Roach to dismantle Delvin Rodriguez on October 5, 2013, in Orlando, Florida.

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March 4, 2014

MIGUEL COTTO VS. SERGIO MARTINEZ: HEAD-TO-TOE BREAKDOWN OF CHAMPIONSHIP FIGHT

Former three-division world champion Miguel Cotto will move up in weight and challenge Sergio Martinez for the middleweight championship of the world on June 7 at Madison Square Garden.

According to a report from Dan Rafael of ESPN.com, the fight, with huge historical implications, has been finalized and will be broadcast on HBO pay-per-view. 

It's been a long road to this point, with negotiations stopping and starting for months, but with the contracts finally signed, boxing fans can prepare for one of the biggest fights of 2014.

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February 27, 2014

LEWKOWICZ CONGRATULATES SONSONA FOR SENSATIONAL KO ON SATURDAY IN MACAU

One-Punch Levelling of Japan’s Shimoda Puts Young Filipino Back on Track to Boxing Superstardom

Sampson Lewkowicz of Sampson Boxing wishes to congratulate the fighter he co-promotes, former WBO Super Flyweight Champion “Marvelous” Marvin Sonsona (17-1-1, 15 KOs), who announced his return to the elite levels of professional boxing in sensational fashion on Saturday night (February 22) in the main event of a Top Rank-promoted show at the Cotai Arena in the beautiful Venetian Resort in Macao, China.

With HBO cameras rolling, Sonsona, from General Santos City in the Philippines, knocked out former WBA Junior Featherweight Champion (and current WBA #2-ranked) Akifumi Shimoda (28-4-2, 12 KOs) of Japan, with one perfectly placed left uppercut to the chin at the 1:17 mark of the third round.

The victory, a sure-fire candidate for annual “Knockout of the Year” awards, gained Sonsona the WBO International Featherweight Championship and left Shimoda senseless for nearly five minutes. So dramatic was the finishing blow, referee Danrex Tapdasan didn’t even bother to count.

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February 20, 2014

MIGUEL COTTO SEEKS TITLE IN FOURTH WEIGHT CLASS, WILL FIGHT SERGIO MARTINEZ ON JUNE 7

By Kevin Iole, Yahoo Sports

One of the most intriguing matches of the year will be held on June 7 at Madison Square Garden in New York, when Miguel Cotto moves up to middleweight to challenge Sergio Martinez for the WBC 160-pound title in the main event of a card to be televised on HBO Pay-Per-View.

Cotto, who is coming off an impressive third-round knockout of Delvin Rodriguez on Oct. 5, will be bidding for a world title in a fourth weight class. The 2000 Olympian from Puerto Rico has held world championships at super lightweight, welterweight and junior middleweight. CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL ARTICLE

February 7, 2014

MORENO TO DEFEND BELT MARCH 22 IN PANAMA

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Panamanian WBA bantamweight super world champion Anselmo “Chemito” Moreno (34-2-1, 12 KOs) will defend his title against the Argentinian challenger Javier Chacon (19-1 4 KOs) on March 22 at the Arena Roberto Duran in Panama City. Moreno and his promoter Sampson Lewkowicz held a press conference in this city to present the fight in an event called “Clash of Warriors” where Moreno will make the twelfth defense of the world title he won in May 2008.

January 24, 2014

MARTINEZ VS. COTTO NEGOTIATIONS INCLUDE NO CATCHWEIGHT, FULL 160 POUND LIMIT

By Scott Christ

If Sergio Martinez and Miguel Cotto do meet on June 7 in New York City, the fight will be fought at the full middleweight limit of 160 pounds.

Sergio Martinez and Miguel Cotto continue to negotiate for a potential June 7 fight at Madison Square Garden on HBO pay-per-view, and Martinez adviser Sampson Lewkowicz says that there will be no catchweight for the fight if it does happen. At this point, it appears as though the fight is on its way to being made, but things can change fast.

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January 24, 2014

TEAM COTTO GIVING MARTINEZ DEAL UNTIL END OF MONTH

By Salvador Rodriguez

The advisor to former three division world champion Miguel Cotto, Gabriel Peñagarícano, says for the time being they are only focused on trying to secure a fight with WBC middleweight champion Sergio Martinez - but if a deal is not closed by the end of January, they are going to explore other opponents as well.

Cotto has made it clear that he plans to fight on June 7th at Madison Square Garden in New York City - with or without Martinez.

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January 21, 2014

LEWKOWICZ: MARTINEZ VS. COTTO COULD BE DONE SOON

By Elisinio Castillo

The fight between former three division champion Miguel Cotto (38-4, 31KOs), and WBC middleweight king Sergio Martinez (51-2-2, 26KOs), could be finalized by month's end, according to Martinez's adviser Sampson Lewkowicz. The two sides have continued to negotiate a possible HBO pay-per-view fight for June 7th at New York's Madison Square Garden.

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January 15, 2014

KIKO MARTINEZ TO FACE FORMER CHAMP HASEGAWA IN SECOND TITLE DEFENSE

With contracts signed and only the date and exact venue left to finalize, Akihiko Honda of Teiken Promotions, Gary Shaw Productions, Maravilla Box Promotions and Sampson Boxing are proud to announce that exciting IBF Junior Featherweight Champion Kiko "La Sensación" Martinez (30-4, 22 KOs) will make the second defense of his title in April against former two-time world champion Hozumi Hasegawa in Japan.

27-year-old Martinez became the country of Spain's first-ever world champion at 122 pounds by rising from obscurity to stop heavily favored Jonathan Romero in dramatic fashion in August of 2013. In his first defense, he announced his rightful place among the elite by defeating also-favored South African Jeffrey Mathebula by ninth-round knockout. A hero in his homeland despite the nation's refusal to televise his fights, Martinez is managed World Middleweight Champion Sergio "Maravilla" Martinez, no relation.

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January 9, 2014

TEAM MARTINEZ: SERGIO HAS EVERYTHING TO LOSE, NOT COTTO

By Miguel Rivera

Sampson Lewkowicz , advisor to the middleweight champion of the World Boxing Council, Sergio "Maravilla" Martinez (51-2-2, 28KOs), is hoping that a deal gets finalized for a June 7th title defense against Puerto Rican superstar Miguel Cotto (38-4, 31KOs) at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

The two sides are at odds over several items. According to reports in Argentina, several of the items being negotiated out includes the actual name order of the fight - Martinez-Cotto or Cotto-Martinez. Despite moving up in weight to challenge the champion, Cotto believes he should walk out second and Martinez should get second-billing.

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December 29, 2013

HBO BOXING: HARD TO DEFINE: SAMPSON LEWKOWICZ

It's not easy to get noticed in a boxing crowd. The flash of gold chains, the flash of gold teeth, the greased up flesh of the fighter before introductions are made, the gullies of ringside cleavage, all can turn the flamboyant into the mundane.

So Sampson Lewkowicz didn't catch too many stares-well, maybe a couple-when he arrived at a ballroom in a blue-chip hotel on Wall Street. It was the fall of 2002, and he was wearing a tuxedo the color of burgundy, a ruffled shirt that was pink, and had a ponytail that dangled down his back like a jungle vine. He looked like an extra on The Love Boat, the Bollywood rendition. Before the fight, he was making introductions to reporters, though it was hard to understand what he was saying. He was from Uruguay, and in broken-up English he was predicting an upset. His fighter, Epifanio Mendoza, was a last-minute replacement. Lewkowicz had recruited him from some of the poorest barrios of Columbia. He was matched against Tokunbo Olajide, a marketable, and then unbeaten New York prospect.

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December 23, 2013

MAGOMED ABDUSALAMOV TO BEGIN REHABILITATION ON MONDAY

Nathan Lewkowicz, a promoter of Magomed "Mago" Abdusalamov, informed RingTV.com on Saturday that the 32-year-old heavyweight's is expected to enter the Helen Hayes Hospital, in West Haverstraw, N.Y., to begin rehabilitation as early as Monday.

Having been placed in a medically induced coma by doctors until Dec. 10, the result of a brutal 10-round unanimous decision loss on Nov. 2 to Mike Perez, Abdusalamov will have his hospital bills covered by and at least two months of his rehab paid for by Russian promoter Andrey Ryabinsky, according to Lewkowicz.

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December 23, 2013

CHRIS JOHN ANNOUNCES HIS RETIREMENT

Two weeks removed from losing his WBA featherweight title, Chris John called a media gathering and announced his immediate retirement from the sport.

“Now that I have achieved more than I have ever dreamt of in my career I would like to formally announce my retirement,” John told the assembled press in his native Indonesia.

In his most recent fight against Simphiwe Vetyeka, John was attempting to equal the 126-pound record of 19 title defenses held by Eusebio Pedroza, only to fail at the final hurdle. After being dropped at the end of the sixth round, his corner pulled him out of the fight.


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December 20, 2013

ANSELMO MORENO OPENS NEW ‘CHIKI BOX’ GYM

WBA Super Bantamweight Champion Anselmo "Chemito" Moreno inaugurated his own boxing academy "Chiki Box", a two floor gym training focused on teaching kids Panamanian boxing style, discipline, self-defense and exercise.

"I started boxing at age 8 so I know how important is to learn at an early age with good teachers in a serious gym" said Brown at the official opening held on Thursday night.

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December 20, 2013

MARTINEZ KOs MATHEBULA IN NINE TO RETAIN IBF SUPER BANTAMWEIGHT TITLE

IBF super bantamweight champion Kiko Martinez (30-4, 22 KOs) retained his title with an impressive ninth round KO against Jeffrey Mathebula (27-5-2, 14 KOs) on Saturday night at the Pabellon Esperanza Lag in Elche (Alicante), Spain. Making the first defense of the belt he won from Jhonatan Romero in June, Martinez tenaciously pressured Mathebula from the opening bell, winning round after round. Martinez finally battered Mathebula to a knee in the ninth round and the fight was over.

December 12, 2013

SERGIO MARTINEZ OUT UNTIL JUNE?

By Gabriel F. Cordero

A source has informed tFightnews.com that WBC middleweight champion Sergio Martinez may be out of the ring until June of next year and only return to training in February. This means mandatory challenger Marco Antonio Rubio, who was expecting his title shot in March or April would have to wait for the WBC make a decision in this new Martinez situation. The source indicates that the June date likely increases the possibility that Martinez will face three-time world champion Miguel Cotto. It was agreed at the last WBC Convention that Martinez has until December 15th to inform the WBC where the rehabilitation on his hand and knee injuries stands. If Martinez will still be out for an extended time, the Rubio camp wants to fight for an interim title.

December 12, 2013

JACKSON BROTHERS ALSO KO RATINGS

This past Saturday (December 7) in a Sampson Boxing and Tello Box promoted show held at the La Boutique Stadium in Cordoba, Argentina, the group of U.S. Virgin Islands-based fighters known as “The Hawk’s Flock,” the sons and nephew of the legendary former world middleweight champion Julian "The Hawk" Jackson, surpassed all expectations and set a new record for boxing TV viewership ratings in Argentina.

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November 22, 2013

SAMPSON BOXING’S FORTUNA, RODRIGUEZ SCORE VICTORIES IN MEXICO

Former WBA Interim Featherweight Champion Javier "El Abejon" Fortuna (23-0-1, 16 KOs), of the Dominican Republic, scored a third-round TKO over Mexico’s Manuel Castro (12-3, 11 KOs) last Saturday (November 16) on the undercard of the Arce vs. Carmona event at the Domo of San Luis Potosi, Mexico.

With Fortuna in complete control throughout, the referee finally stopped the fight after an unanswered barrage. Unfortunately, seconds before the action was halted, Fortuna was cut for nine stitches by a head butt.

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November 12, 2013

ABDUSALAMOV IMPROVING SLIGHTLY, EXPECTED TO SURVIVE; FOCUS NOW SHIFTS TO LONG RECOVER

Sampson Lewkowicz, wishes to thank the boxing world for their prayers and donations to badly injured Russian heavyweight Magomed "Mago" Abdusalamov and has some cautiously optimistic news to convey.

“Mago still in an induced coma but is beginning to respond positively. I expect him to live On behalf of the family and myself, I now ask you switch your prayers to his recovery. He has a very long road ahead.”

Today marks 14 days Abdusalamov has been in an induced coma at Roosevelt Hospital in New York. The 32-year-old married father of three young daughters, had to undergo emergency surgery to remove a blood clot, and part of his skull had to be removed to reduce swelling, following his brutal 10-round war against Mike Perez at The Theater at Madison Square Garden, on Saturday, November 2. In hospital, Abdusalamov came down with a 104-degree fever, which led to him suffering a stroke.

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November 5, 2013

TEAM ABDUSALAMOV ESTABLISHING TRUST FOR THEIR INJURED FIGHTER AND FAMILY

Sampson Lewkowicz, promoter of hospitalized Russian heavyweight Magomed "Mago" Abdusalamov, along with promoters Leon Margules and Lou DiBella, and with help and support of others in the industry, are establishing a fund and to donate and raise funds to help alleviate the financial burden the unfortunate brain injury Abdusalamov suffered Saturday night has placed on him and his family.

32-year-old Abdusalamov had to have emergency surgery to remove a blood clot, and part of his skull had to be removed to reduce swelling, following his brutal 10-round war against Mike Perez at The Theater at Madison Square Garden, on Saturday, November 2. The fight was also broadcast worldwide on HBO.

Mago is currently still in ICU at Roosevelt Hospital in New York.

The Magomed Abdusalamov Trust is currently being set up. In the meantime, donations can be made two ways:

Via PayPal: 100bbb@mail.ru

Or via check, mailed to:

Bakanay Abdusalamova
PO BOX 90174
Brooklyn, NY 11209

Contact info: 
Bakanay Abdusalamova 
Phone: 203-368-8510
Email: 100bbb@mail.ru

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November 1, 2013

FIGHTING JACKSONS TO FACE TOUGH BATTLES IN HISTORIC CORDOBA, ARGENTINA STADIUM SHOW ON DECEMBER 7

On Saturday, December 7, at the 20,000-seat Estadio Mario Alberto Kempes (Chateau Carreras Olympic Stadium) in Cordoba, Argentina, promoters Sampson Lewkowicz of Sampson Boxing, Charly Tello of Tello-Box, and Lesley Comissiong and Jose Rosario of 340 Boxing will proudly present an historic night of professional boxing.

Held in conjunction with the 100-year anniversary of the legendary soccer club Talleres de Cordoba, the event will feature the two sons and nephew of the legendary Champion Julian “The Hawk” Jackson, known as the “Hawk’s Flock”, taking on the primary Argentinean sparring partners of middleweight champion Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez in separate bouts.

In the 10-round middleweight main event, Julius "The Chef" Jackson (16-0, 12 KOs) of Saint Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, will face Cordoba, Argentina’s Marcos Hector Vergara (28-3, 21 KOs).

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October 22, 2013

CHRIS JOHN HONOURED

Story and photo by Brett Bonetti

WBA Fighter of the Decade Chris “The Dragon” John (48-0-3, 22 KOs) has been honoured by Indonesian president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono at the Mandala Krida Stadium in Jakarta Indonesia.
John, the current WBA World Featherweight Champion, still undefeated and with 18 World Title defences was presented with the Bintang Jasa Star Medal, for outstanding contributions towards John’s native Indonesia, the homeland of 242 million people.
This further cements John’s status as the Indonesian people’s champion and a national icon.

“I do everything for Indonesia, it is honour to represent my people and the World Boxing Association and make them proud” John said.

October 17, 2013

SERGIO "MARAVILLA" MARTINEZ  MEETS WITH POPE FRANCIS

On Wednesday, Middleweight Champion and pound-for-pounder Sergio "Maravilla" Martinez had the opportunity to meet and sit down one-on-one with Pope Francis. The meeting between the two Argentineans took place at the Vatican, and marked the first time a professional fighter has had a one-on-one closed session meeting with the Pope since Muhammad Ali.

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October 9, 2013

SAUCEDO VS. PRIETO TO HEADLINE
SAMPSON BOXING/TELLO-BOX PROMOTED ‘WBC WORLD CUP’ EVENT IN ARGENTINA ON OCTOBER 25

On Friday, October 25, 2013, in Cordoba, Argentina, at the beautiful Quality Espacio boutique stadium, Sampson Lewkowicz of Sampson Boxing and Charly Tello of Tello-Box, will hold a night of world-class professional boxing in conjunction with the second phase of the “WBC World Cup of Professional Boxing.”

Televised by Fox Sports 1, Fox Sports 2 and Fox Deportes worldwide, the night’s main event will feature Buenos Aires, Argentina’s Fernando David “El Vasco” Saucedo (50-5-3, 7 KOs)  in a 10-round lightweight elimination phase bout against Mexican national champion Javier Prieto (23-7, 18 KOs) of Michoacán.

In the co-feature, undefeated power puncher Juan Carlos "Merengue" Abreu (16-0-1, 15 KOs) of the Dominican Republic will face Devis "El Felino" Caceres (14-2, 9 KOs) from Colombia in a welterweight tournament eliminator.

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October 7, 2013

COTTO-MARTINEZ ON THE HORIZON

After Miguel Cotto’s devastating third round KO over Delvin Rodriguez Saturday night in Orlando, the name of WBC middleweight champion Sergio Martinez was prominently mentioned as possibly being Cotto’s next opponent. “The added value of being the first Puerto Rican to achieve a world title in four different weight divisions is something attractive to me,” Cotto admitted. “In due time, I’ll sit with my group and with Freddie (Roach) and we’ll weigh the options and discuss Martinez and other candidates.” Should the fight be made, Roach stated that he knows how to beat Martinez and he thinks he has “the right guy to do it this time.”

A response from the Martinez camp wasn’t long in coming. Sampson Lewkowicz, advisor to Martinez, tweeted that Maravilla is willing to fight Miguel Cotto at a catchweight of 158 lbs with his WBC belt on the line.

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September 25, 2013

WBA SUPER CHAMP ANSELMO MORENO OK’S WBA ‘REGULAR’ CHAMP KOKI KAMEDA’S REQUEST FOR OPTIONAL DEFENSE, PROVIDED THE TWO CHAMPIONS MEET NEAR YEAR’S END

World Boxing Association Bantamweight "Super Champion" Anselmo 'Chemito' Moreno (34-2-1, 12 KOs) of Panama and his long-time advisor, Sampson Lewkowicz, say they have no objections to WBA Regular Bantamweight Champion Koki Kameda’s request for an interim fight, provided he and Moreno have their mandatory fight later this year or early in 2014.

“The WBA gave us 30 days to negotiate with Kameda Promotions to arrange the mandatory fight between Moreno and Kameda, but Kameda has requested an interim fight before he faces Moreno,” explained Lewkowicz, “we will agree to not interfere with that request, provided the fight is arranged in good faith for December or January.

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September 18, 2013

FORTUNA NEXT OPPONENT ANNOUNCED: WILL FACE COLOMBIA’S JOSE CARMONA ON OCTOBER 19 IN SANTO DOMINGO, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

Former WBA Interim Featherweight Champion and current WBC #8-ranked super featherweight contender Javier “El Abejon” Fortuna (22-0-1, 16 KOs) will face Colombian veteran Jose Carmona (22-3, 12 KOs) on Saturday, October 19, at the Palacio de los Deportes in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

The power-punching super featherweights will meet in the main event of a historic night of boxing, presented by promoters Sampson Lewkowicz of Sampson Boxing and Cesar Mercedes of Manguita Promociones, that will also feature no less than three women’s world championship fights.

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September 15, 2013

MAGO ABDUSALAMOV PREPARING FOR HIS HBO DEBUT WITH NEW TRAINER JOHN DAVID JACKSON

Undefeated Russian heavyweight crusher Magomed "Mago" Abdusalamov (18-0, 18 KOs) is hard at work in Florida with new trainer John David Jackson, preparing for his first premium-cable appearance, a showdown with also undefeated Cuban Mike Perez (19-0, 12 KOs) on Saturday, November 2, at The Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City and televised Live on HBO®.

The hard-hitting pair, both southpaws, will meet for Abdusalamov's WBC USNBC Heavyweight Championship on the televised portion of the undercard of middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin's World Boxing Association and International Boxing Organization title defense against Curtis Stevens.

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September 11, 2013

FORTUNA HEADLINES NIGHT OF THREE WOMEN'S CHAMPIONSHIP FIGHTS IN DOMINICAN REPUBLIC ON OCTOBER 19

On Saturday, October 19, at the Palacio de los Deportes in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, former WBA Interim Featherweight Champion Javier "El Abejon" Fortuna (22-0-1, 16 KOs) will headline a historic night of boxing in the Dominican Republic that will also feature no less than three women's world championship fights.

In separate 10-round bouts, three different women from Santo Domingo: IBF Female Featherweight World Champion Daihana Santana (32-6, 14 KOs), IBF Female Super Bantamweight Champion Katy Pamela "La Super Baby" Wilson (18-1, 11 KOs), and former women's super-bantamweight world champion Marilyn "La Cachorrita" Hernandez (24-9, 15 KOs) will either defend or challenge for world championships in the same night.

The event is being proudly presented by promoters Sampson Lewkowicz of Sampson Boxing and Cesar Mercedes of Manguita Promociones.

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September 4, 2013

MEET RYAN KIELCZWESKI: I’M A COUNTER-PUNCHER THAT COMES FORWARD

This Friday, for the second time in as many weeks, the co-main event of the ESPN2 Friday Night Fight series features two undefeated, unproven and relatively unknown fighters trying to make names for themselves as Ryan “The Polish Prince” Kielczweski (16-0, 3 KOs) of Quincy, MA, takes on Miguel “Mikito” Soto (11-0, 11 KOs) of Arecibo, Puerto Rico, in an eight-round featherweight bout in Salem, NH.

Although both fighters are seeking to gain exposure and to establish themselves as legitimate prospects, it is important to note that Kielczweski has already earned a reputation among insiders as one of the more promising young talents in the US.

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August 20, 2013

SAMPSON LEWKOWICZ PROUDLY CONGRATULATES NEW WORLD CHAMPION KIKO MARTINEZ

Promoter Sampson Lewkowicz would like to congratulate his newest world champion, Kiko “La Sensacion” Martinez of Alicante, Spain, for his thrilling sixth-round stoppage over Jhonatan “Momo” Romero to win the IBF Super Bantamweight World Championship on Saturday night.

Fighting on the undercard of the Geale vs. Barker middleweight fight, Martinez (29-4, 21 KOs) turned in a career-best performance as he battered and then finally stopped the formerly undefeated champion (23-1, 12 KOs) at 2:40 of the sixth.

“The bull was too strong for the matador,” said the proud Lewkowicz, still elated by Martinez’s upset victory. “I am so happy for Kiko, as he worked very hard for this victory. We always knew he was a champion and now the world knows.”

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August 19, 2013

LEWKOWICZ OFFERS CONGRATULATIONS TO VIRGIN ISLANDS VICTORS

Promoter Sampson Lewkowicz of Sampson Boxing wishes to congratulate all the fighters he promotes and/or co-promotes who scored victories Saturday night at the “Boxing in Paradise 6” show, held at Antilles School’s Mark C. Marin Center in Saint Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands.

Topping the bill that night were “The Hawk’s Flock”, the sons and nephew of legendary world champion Julian Jackson.

Junior middleweight son John “Dah Rock” Jackson (17-1, 14 KOs) defeated Tony Hirsch by eight-round unanimous decision (scores: 79-73, 77-75 and 78-74), while super middleweight son Julius “The Chef” Jackson (16-0, 12 KOs) scored a TKO 1 North Carolina’s Julius Fogle. Junior middleweight nephew Samuel “The Hunter” Rogers (14-0, 8 KOs) notched a TKO 2 Eduardo Adorno (time 1:26).

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August 18, 2013

BOXING IN PARADISE 6 RESULTS

In front of a nearly sold-out crowd at Antilles School’s Mark C. Marin Center in Saint Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands on Saturday, 340 Boxing’s John Jackson, Julius Jackson and Samuel Rogers dominated in the “Boxing in Paradise 6″ ring — posting big wins in what could be their final fight together in the territory. Two knockouts and a harrowing eight-round fight to the finish for John Jackson is what the crowd left with, but for the boxers, Saturday’s event was nothing short of heroic, as each had to push through everything from injuries to last minute opponent changes.

When the fight was first announced in July, unbeaten middleweight Rogers (14-0 with 8 KOs) was set to take on Missouri’s Bryan Baue, but a switch in the card had him facing off Saturday against Puerto Rico’s Eduardo Adorno (2-20-1, 1 KO) with little-to-no time left to learn more about his opponent’s fighting style.

But that appeared to make no difference in the ring Saturday. Rogers, who climbed in around 10:19PM, had time to knock Adorno out (making him fall four times in two rounds), give a speech and complete media interviews by 10:36PM. Rogers won by way of knock out 1:26 into the second round.

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August 18, 2013

Champions fall in Atlantic City: Barker dethrones Geale; Martinez dethrones Romero

By Kurt Wolfheimer and Arvin Nundloll at ringside
Photos: Emily Harney

Middleweight Darren Barker (26-1, 16 KOs) dethroned IBF middleweight champion Daniel Geale (29-2, 15 KOs) by split decision on Saturday night at the Revel Resort in Atlantic City. Barker got off to a good start until Geale dropped him with a body shot in round six. Barker beat the count and fought back furiously. Both traded shots in the middle of the ring nonstop down the stretch with Geale clearly winning the final round. Scores were 114-113 Geale, 114-113 116-111 Barker.

Former Euro champion Kiko Martinez (29-4, 21 KOs) scored a sixth round TKO to dethrone previously unbeaten IBF junior featherweight champion Jhonatan “Momo” Romero (23-1, 12 KOs). Martinez stalked Romero throughout the fight landing hard, hurtful shots. Martinez battered Romero from pillar to post in round six and the bout was finally waved off by referee David Steele at 2:40 of the round.

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August 17, 2013

FORMER CHAMPS MIRANDA AND RUIZ MEET SEPT 7

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Former world champions Hugo “Cuatito” Ruiz (32-2, 29 KOs) and Julio Cesar “Pingo” Miranda (37-8-2, 29 KOs) collide September 7 at the Casino de Apodaca, in Nuevo Leon, Mexico in an event presented by Promociones del Pueblo with Sampson Boxing. Also on the card is a female battle of former world champions between Irma “Guerita” Sanchez (25-6-1 7KOs) and Katty Gutierrez (18-3 4KOs) in a light flyweight ten-rounder. Former Olympian Arturo “Rey” Santos, Diego “Duck” Gonzalez, Mario “Yayo” Munoz and Humberto “Flash” Flores fill out the undercard in separate bouts.

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July 30, 2013

JONATHAN BATISTA: TEDDY ATLAS IS THE REASON I AM BACK IN USA THIS FRIDAY!

Dominican welterweight boxer Jonathan Batista is a brave man.

Not only will he face his toughest opponent to date, former world champion Kermit "El Asesino" Cintron, in this week’s ESPN Friday Night Fights-televised 10-round welterweight co-main event, but he will be also be fighting in the USA for the second time, after having been outright robbed of a victory in his first trip Stateside.

Last April at the Tropicana Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City and live on Friday Night Fights, Batista made his American debut as a fighter by taking on Ghana’s Emmanuel Lartei Lartey and solidly out-boxing his tough foe, only to lose a bizarre unanimous, near shutout, six-round decision. The loss was, at first, a devastating blow to his career… until Batista was later able to watch the broadcast and hear ESPN boxing expert Teddy Atlas’s commentary on the fight.

Tickets are priced at: Reserved: $25.00, Premium: $40.00 and Platinum: $60.00 and are available at www.buffalorun.com or by calling The Buffalo Run Box Office (918) 542-7140. On fight night, doors open at 7 pm.

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July 28, 2013

SAMPSON BOXING REPORTS HEAVY INTEREST IN‘LAS VEGAS IN PANAMA II’, EVENT AUGUST 10 IN PANAMA CITY

Sampson Boxing chief Sampson Lewkowicz says he and his promotional partner, Carlos Gonzalez of Best Boxing, are happy and proud of the building excitement in Panama for their blockbuster return to the beautiful Megapolis Convention Center in the Hard Rock Hotel in Panama City, Panama, on Saturday, August 10, entitled “LAS VEGAS IN PANAMA II”.

The entire country has boxing fever in advance of their three-world-championship headlined by the return of superb Panamanian WBA Bantamweight Super Champion Anselmo “Chemito” Moreno (33-2-1, 12 KOs) making the eleventh defense of his 118-lb belt against Colombian southpaw William Urina (24-2, 20 KOs) in a 12-round duel.

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July 27, 2013

FORTUNA PLANNING ON EARLY NIGHT AGAINST FRANCO. SETTING HIS SIGHTS NEXT ON GAMBOA!

Former interim WBA Featherweight Champion Javier “El Abejon” Fortuna (22-0, 16 KOs) says after destroying his next opponent, Cuban featherweight Luis “La Estrella” Franco (11-1, 7 KOs), he would consider moving up in weight and setting his sights on another Cuban fighter, Yuriorkis Gamboa.

The explosive Fortuna will meet Franco in the ESPN Friday Night Fights-televised 10-round main event of a night of world-class boxing, presented by Leon Margules of Warriors Boxing and Sampson Lewkowicz of Sampson Boxing (in association with Tony Holden Productions and the Buffalo Run Casino) on Friday, August 2, at the Buffalo Run Casino in Miami, Oklahoma.

In the televised 10-round welterweight co-main event, former world champion Kermit “El Asesino” Cintron (33-5-2, 28 KOs) will take on tough Dominican Jonathan Batista (14-1, 7 KOs).

Tickets are priced at: Reserved: $25.00, Premium: $40.00 and Platinum: $60.00 and are available at www.buffalorun.com or by calling The Buffalo Run Box Office (918) 542-7140. On fight night, doors open at 7 pm.

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July 25, 2013

SAMPSON BOXING INKS UPCOMING TITLE CHALLENGER JESUS MARCELO CUELLAR

Sampson Boxing Chief Sampson Lewkowicz is proud to announce that yesterday, he signed Buenos Aires, Argentina, featherweight contender Jesus Marcelo Cuellar (22-1, 18 KOs) to an exclusive promotional contract.

The 26-year-old southpaw Cuellar will make his first appearance under the Sampson Boxing banner on August 23, when he takes on the Dominican Republic's Claudio Marrero (14-0, 11 KOs) in a 12-round battle for the Interim WBA World Featherweight Championship at the Turning Stone Resort & Casino in Verona, New York, and live on ESPN Friday Night Fights.

Cuellar vs. Marrero will serve as the televised co-main event to the 12-round Argenis Mendez vs. Arash Usmanee clash for the IBF Super Featherweight Championship. The event will be the first promotional venture for all-time boxing great Mike Tyson.

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July 17, 2013

CAMPILLO AT THE TOP OF HIS GAME, READY FOR FONFARA

Former World Light Heavyweight Champion Gabriel “EL Chico Guapo” Campillo (21-5-1, 8 KOs) is in fantastic shape in advance of his showdown with IBO Light Heavyweight World Champion Andrzej Fonfara (23-2, 16 KOs).

Campillo will face Fonfara in the 12-round main event of "THE BIG FIGHT 2," at U.S. Cellular Field, home of the Chicago White Sox, and broadcast live on ESPN Friday Night Fights.

"THE BIG FIGHT 2" is presented by "The Promoters" - Round 3 Productions, 8 Count Productions, Warriors Boxing and Ulrich KnockOut Promotions in association with the Illinois Sports Facilities Authority.

Tickets start at $32 and are on sale now through Ticketmaster (www.Ticketmaster.com, phone, 1-800-745-3000), The Chicago White Sox (www.whitesox.com) the U.S. Cellular Field Box Office and the 8 Count Productions Office, (312-226-5800.). The ring will be set up behind home plate with the grandstand serving as a backdrop.  Doors on the night of the event will open at 6 p.m. CT with the first bell at 7 p.m. CT.

July 9, 2013

SAMPSON LEWKOWICZ TO SPONSOR BOXING SEMINAR IN URUGUAY

Continuing to be part of the development and growth of boxing in Uruguay, promoter Sampson Lewkowicz and Sampson Boxing will sponsor a boxing referee and judging seminar on the 18th and 19th of July in Paysandú, Uruguay.

The seminar will be conducted by well-respected and world-renowned official Raul Caiz Sr. of the United States, a man with a vast international and world championship experience as a referee and judge, and will consist of two intensive four-hour sessions on Thursday and one on Friday morning.

"We want to improve Uruguayan Boxing and cooperate with CUBAP (Uruguayan Amateur and Professional Boxing Commission), a commission with no prejudice and with interesting goals for the future," stated Lewkowicz, the man behind the participation of Caiz Sr. in Uruguay.

July 9, 2013

FORTUNA TO FACE FRANCO IN FEATHERWEIGHT WAR! ESPN FRIDAY NIGHT FIGHTS IN MIAMI, OKLAHOMA

On Friday, August 2, at the Buffalo Run Casino in Miami, Oklahoma, Leon Margules of Warriors Boxing and Sampson Lewkowicz of Sampson Boxing (in association with Tony Holden Productions and the Buffalo Run Casino) will proudly present an ESPN Friday Night Fights-televised night of boxing featuring a high-octane featherweight explosion between two of the best fighters in the 126-lb. division.

In a 10-round main event with Fight of the Year potential, former interim WBA Champion Javier “El Abejon” Fortuna (22-0, 16 KOs) of the Dominican Republic will face Miami via Havana’s Luis “La Estrella” Franco (11-1, 7 KOs).

And in the televised 10-round welterweight co-main event, former world champion Kermit “El Asesino” Cintron (33-5-2, 28 KOs) will take on tough Dominican Jonathan Batista (14-1, 7 KOs).

Tickets are priced at: Reserved: $25.00, Premium: $40.00 and Platinum: $60.00 and are available here or by calling The Buffalo Run Box Office (918) 542-7140. On fight night, doors open at 7 pm.

July 2, 2013

LEWKOWICZ RETURNS TO URUGUAY WITH WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING EVENT

On Saturday, July 20, 2013, promoter Sampson Lewkowicz of Sampson Boxing will make his triumphant return to his homeland of Uruguay, South America, for a night of world championship boxing at Estadio “8 de Junio” in the City of Paysandu.

The exciting event will be headlined by a 10-round WBA female lightweight Championship bout between defending champion Cecilia “La Reina” Comunales (10-1, 6 KOs) of Paysandu, Uruguay, and Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic’s Marisol “Sondora” Reyes (11-6-1, 5 KOs).

June 26, 2013

ABDUSALAMOV OFFERS 80/20 TO HAYE, FURY AND/OR MITCHELL: NEGOTIATIONS OVER. LET'S FIGHT!

Reading the back and forth on Twitter between David Haye and Tyson Fury about purse splits to face each other, WBC #4 rated heavyweight contender Magomed "Mago" Abdusalamov (18-0, 18 KOs) has an easy deal to offer the #5, 6 and 7 contenders in his division.

"I'll take an 80/20 purse split and I will take the 20% to fight either David Haye, Tyson Fury or Seth Mitchell," says the Russian powerhouse. "In fact, says Abdusalamov, if I lose, I will give them my 20% and I will walk away happy, knowing I don't deserve my ranking in the WBC."

June 20, 2013

LEWKOWICZ AND BEST BOX ANNOUNCE ‘LAS VEGAS IN PANAMA II’, AUGUST 10 IN PANAMA CITY

Sampson Lewkowicz of Sampson Boxing and Carlos Gonzalez of Best Boxing will return to the beautiful Megapolis Convention Center in the Hard Rock Hotel in Panama City, Panama, on Saturday, August 10, for an elite boxing event entitled “LAS VEGAS IN PANAMA II”.

The glitzy night of world-class boxing will feature three world-championship bouts including the return of superb Panamanian WBA Bantamweight Super Champion Anselmo “Chemito” Moreno (33-2-1, 12 KOs) making the eleventh defense of his 118-lb belt against Colombian southpaw William Urina (24-2, 20 KOs) in a 12-round battle, future boxing superstar Oscar Escandon (22-0, 15 KOs) vying for the interim WBA World super bantamweight championship against Panama’s former world champion Nehomar Cermeno (21-5-1, 13 KOs), as well as Venezuela’s WBA female featherweight Champion Ogleidis Suarez in the first defense of her title, a rematch against Colombia’s Liliana “La Tigresa” Palmera (21-10-3, 15 KOs).

Apr 28, 2013

SERGIO MARTINEZ OVERCOMES MARTIN MURRAY, WEATHER FOR WBC TITLE

BUENOS AIRES -- Five things we learned from Sergio Martinez's unanimous-decision victory over Martin Murray to retain the WBC middleweight title on a rainy Saturday night at the Estadio José Amalfitani:

1. Martinez's homecoming was a success. This was a close fight. A hell of a fight, even, worthy of the considerable pomp surrounding it. Martinez was dropped in the eighth, then again in the 10th (though it was ruled a slip), and appeared as vulnerable and easy to hit as he's looked in years. The official margin -- 115-112 on all three cards despite the knockdown -- may have been slightly home-cooked. (SI.com had Martinez taking the last two rounds to nick it 114-113.) Yet Martinez, perhaps feeling the pressure of fighting before nearly 50,000 of his countrymen, showed the heart and class of a champion by coming off the deck to rally for the win. "He's on his way to the hospital," Lou DiBella, the promoter who built Martinez up from obscurity and who'd expressed worry about the fight all week, said afterward. "He can't open his hand and his knee is going to need another surgery. He's never going to be 100 percent again. But when a superstar needed to step up and close the show in the championship rounds, that's what he did."

Apr 22, 2013

LEWKOWICZ: FORTUNA WOULD KO ANY FEATHERWEIGHT IN THE WORLD

Promoter Sampson Lewkowicz would like to congratulate his fighter, Javier “El Abejon” Fortuna (22-0, 16 KOs) of the Dominican Republic for his sensational first-round KO over Mexico’s Miguel Zamudio. Fighting in the main event last Friday (April 19) at the Tropicana Showroom in the Tropicana Casino & Resort in Atlantic City (and televised live worldwide on ESPN Friday Night Fights), Fortuna came out like a human buzz saw and dropped Zamudio twice, the second time rendering him unconscious for several frightening minutes at 1:08 of the first round. Unfortunately, Fortuna was unable to made the 126-lb featherweight limit before the fight (he weighed in at 126.6 lbs) and lost his WBA Interim belt on the scale, but the performance against Zamudio was eye-catching enough to cement him as a major force in the division, title belt or not.

Apr 22, 2013

LEWKOWICZ CONGRATULATES JACKSON FOR IMPRESSIVE
VICTORY AGAINST FORT

Promoter Sampson Lewkowicz of Sampson Boxing congratulates Virgin Islands slugger John “Dah Rock” Jackson (16-1, 14 KOs) for his impressive nationally televised victory over formerly undefeated “Sir” Cerresso Fort. Fighting in the eight-round co-main event last Friday (April 19) at the Tropicana Casino & Resort in Atlantic City, and live worldwide on ESPN Friday Night Fights, Jackson was stronger and faster than the well-regarded Fort and won by unanimous decision (77-75, 79-73 and 79-73). WBC #15 Jackson was expected to face a test against Fort (then 16-0-1, 11 KOs) but was simply a league above his game opponent. Jackson took Fort’s power with ease while delivering world-class power shots in dazzling combination. It was an impressive win for the 24-year-old son of former world champion Julian Jackson.

Apr 18, 2013

FORT: THIS FIGHT WILL BE MY INTRODUCTION

They call St. Paul, Minnesota, junior middleweight Cerresso Fort (16-0-1, 11 KOs) “Sir” because of his cordial nature. He’s a very nice young man. But heading into the biggest fight of his life tonight, Fort knows it is now time to earn the respect of the boxing world by being anything but polite against Virgin Islands slugger John “Dah Rock” Jackson (15-1, 14 KOs). The two will meet tonight (Friday, April 19) at the Tropicana Showroom in the Tropicana Casino & Resort in Atlantic City and live across the country on ESPN Friday Night Fights (10:30 p.m. ET on ESPN2 HD, ESPN Deportes and WatchESPN and later televised Saturday April 20, at 2:30 a.m. on ESPNEWS).

Apr 17, 2013

JACKSON READY FOR EXCITING WAR AGAINST FORT

Growing up the son of one of boxing’s hardest hitters ever, you have some pretty big gloves to fill if you plan on becoming a fighter, but so far, Virgin Islands slugger John “Dah Rock” Jackson (15-1, 14 KOs), son of legendary champion Julian “The Hawk” Jackson, isn’t doing so bad at it. 16 fights into his career, the elder Jackson was still fighting preliminaries. Going into his 17th fight, WBC #15 Jackson is set to face St. Paul, Minnesota’s undefeated “Sir” Cerresso Fort (16-0-1, 11 KOs) in the televised six-round co-main event this Friday (April 19) at the Tropicana Showroom in the Tropicana Casino & Resort in Atlantic City and live across the country on ESPN Friday Night Fights (10:30 p.m. ET on ESPN2 HD, ESPN Deportes and WatchESPN and later televised Saturday April 20, at 2:30 a.m. on ESPNEWS).

Apr 12, 2013

FRIDAY’S ESPN TRIPLEHEADER UNDERCARD ANNOUNCED

The complete card has been finalized for this Friday’s (April 19) ESPN Friday Night Fights-televised (10:30 p.m. ET on ESPN2 HD, ESPN Deportes and WatchESPN and later televised Saturday April 20, at 2:30 a.m. on ESPNEWS) tripleheader from the Tropicana Showroom in the Tropicana Casino & Resort in Atlantic City. Presented by Sampson Boxing, the spectacular night of world-class boxing will be headlined by La Romana, Dominican Republic’s dynamic Javier “El Abejon” Fortuna (21-0, 15 KOs) defending his interim WBA World featherweight title against Sinaloa, Mexico’s Miguel “Mikol” Zamudio (25-1-1, 13 KOs) in an intriguing 12-round clash. Also scheduled for televised battle are St. Thomas, Virgin Islands’ promising, once-beaten John “Dah Rock” Jackson (15-1, 14 KOs) and St. Paul, Minnesota’s undefeated “Sir” Cerresso Fort (16-0-1, 11 KOs), who will lock up in a six-round junior middleweight war.

Apr 02, 2013

COMBINED RECORDS TELL THE STORY OF APRIL 19
ESPN TRIPLEHEADER

105 Wins. 2 Losses. 2 Draws.

The combined records of the six combatants tell the story of what a great show it will be on Friday, April 19, 2013, at the ESPN-televised tripleheader entitled “Fortuna vs. Zamudio”, presented by Sampson Boxing at the Tropicana Casino & Resort in Atlantic City. Scheduled to air live on ESPN Friday Night Fights that night are a 12-rounder featuring La Romana, Dominican Republic’s Javier “El Abejon” Fortuna (21-0, 15 KOs) defending his interim WBA World featherweight title against Sinaloa, Mexico’s Miguel “Mikol” Zamudio (25-1-1, 13 KOs); St. Thomas, Virgin Islands’ once-beaten John “Dah Rock” Jackson (15-1, 14 KOs) taking on St. Paul, Minnesota’s undefeated “Sir” Cerresso Fort (16-0-1, 11 KOs) in a six-round junior middleweight war; and Ghana’s Emmanuel Lartei Lartey (14-0-1, 7 KOs) facing the Dominican Republic’s Jonathan Batista (13-0, 6 KOs) in a six/eight-round welterweight battle of undefeateds.

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