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.
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.
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:
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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."
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).
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."
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.
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.
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).
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).
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.
COMBINED RECORDS TELL THE STORY OF APRIL 19
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.