SAMPSON BOXING AND THE WBC TO STAGE EIGHT-MAN CARLOS MONZON “SUPER 8” MIDDLEWEIGHT TOURNAMENT IN ARGENTINA
Sampson Lewkowicz of Sampson Boxing, with the sanctioned cooperation of the World Boxing Council, proudly announces the Carlos Monzon “Super 8” Middleweight Tournament, featuring eight of Argentina’s most promising 160-lb middleweight fighters vying for the Monzon Cup and a world rating.
The tournament begins on Friday, January 4 and all tournament events will be held in Argentina and televised live around the world on TyC Sports. The finals will be held on Saturday, July 6.
Featured fighters include Gonzalo “El Mago” Coria (14-2, 5 KOs), Martin Ezequiel Bulacio (8-2, 6 KOs), Tomas “El Cobra” Reynoso (13-3-1, 3 KOs), Jose Antonio “Tsunami” Villalobos (11-5-2, 7 KOs), brother of current WBA Super Welterweight Champion Brian Castano, Alan Emmanuel Castano (13-0, 8 KOs), Francisco “Pancho” Torres (10-3, 4 KOs), Sergio “Checho” Lopez (12-2, 9 KOs) and Jonathan “El Chúcaro” Sanchez (13-3-1, 4 KOs).
Sampson Boxing Signs Trio of Undefeated Dominicans to Promotional Contracts
Sampson Lewkowicz of Sampson Boxing proudly announces the signing of a trio of undefeated Dominican prospects to promotional contracts: featherweight Ranfis Javier Encarnacion, super featherweight Michael “La Salsa Michell” Rivera (14-0, 9 KOs), and super lightweight Starling “Exparquison” Castillo (6-0, 5 KOs).
Known worldwide as boxing’s greatest at finding hidden talents, Lewkowicz says he’s found a treasure trove to continue mining in the Dominican Republic. Having already discovered and guided the careers of recent Dominican-born world champion Javier Fortuna, Lewkowicz says he’s got high hopes for all three of his young fighters.
Upcoming world super-lightweight challenger Juan Jose “El Pitbull” Velasco says he’s happy to be facing a fighter being labeled a potential new star in boxing on Saturday, July 14.
Velasco (20-0, 12 KOs), from Buenos Aires, Argentina, will challenge interim WBC World Super Lightweight Champion Regis Prograis at the Lakefront Arena in Prograis’ birthplace of New Orleans, Louisiana.
The southpaw Prograis became champion last March with a head-turning TKO 2 over capable former champion Julius Indongo.
“I am glad he is being called a new star,” said Velasco. “I only want to fight the best, so I can become the best myself. He’s a very good fighter and I know it will be a true war.”
31-year-old Velasco says he’s in great shape, training in Miami, and looks forward to making his dream of a world title come true.
'Argentinean Lomachenko' Alberto Melian Returns May 26 to Face Undefeated Sergio Sosa for IBF Latino Super Bantamweight Championship
On Saturday, May 26, the fast-tracking of the "Argentinean Lomachenko," two-time Olympian Alberto "Impacto" Melian (2-0, 2 KOs), will continue in Buenos Aires, when he takes on his undefeated countryman Sergio Sosa (10-0, 3 KOs) for the IBF Latino Super Bantamweight Championship.
Presented by Sampson Boxing, Melian vs. Sosa will headline a night of boxing entitled "Triple Impact on Paternal" that will be televised live on TyC Sports and VTV Uruguay (available in HD) for all of Latin America, The United States and the Caribbean.
After a distinguished amateur career and two Olympic appearances, 28-year-old Melian is off to a sensational start as a professional. In his debut, he knocked out the former world title contender Diego Ricardo Santillan (who entered the ring at 23-2) in the fifth round. In his second contest, Melian won the Argentine Super Bantamweight Championship with an eight-round TKO over Julian Aristule (32-8, 16 KOs).
'Argentinean Lomachenko' Alberto Melian Wins First Professional Title in Second Pro Fight
This past Saturday, March 17, the "Argentinean Lomachenko," two-time Olympian Alberto "Impacto" Melian, fought for and won his first professional title in only his second professional fight.
Fighting at the Club Social y Deportivo Comercio in his hometown of Villa Dolores, Cordoba, Argentina, Melian (2-0, 2 KOs) captured the Argentine Super Bantamweight Championship with an eighth-round TKO over countryman Julian Aristule (32-9, 16 KOs).
Fighting on a show entitled "Night of the Olympians," televised live on TyC Sports and VTV Uruguay and presented by Sampson Boxing in partnership with Tello Box and JEB Boxing, Melian was down for the first time in his young career in the first round, but came back to floor Aristule in the fifth, sixth and seventh rounds before his corner threw the towel at 0:15 of the eighth.
The victory was a history-making first for the respected Argentina (FAB), as no fighter had ever taken one of their titles in just his second fight as a professional. CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL ARTICLE
'Argentinean Lomachenko' Alberto Melian to Fight for First Professional Title in Second Fight
OnSaturday, March 17, the "Argentinean Lomachenko," two-time Olympian Alberto "Impacto" Melian, will challenge for his first professional title in only his second professional fight.
Fighting in his hometown of Villa Dolores, Cordoba, Argentina, Melian (1-0, 1 KO) will take on Argentine Super Bantamweight Champion Javier Aristule (32-8, 16 KOs) over 10 rounds.
The event, presented by Sampson Boxing in partnership with Tello Box and JEB Boxing, and entitled "Night of the Olympians" and will also feature promising former Olympian Alberto "Beto" Palmetta (6-1, 2 KOs) and will be televised live on TyC Sports and VTV Uruguay (available in HD) for all of Latin America, The United States and the Caribbean.
Considered by several experts as the best Argentine amateur boxer of the last decade, Melian represented Argentina in numerous international tournaments, including his double Olympic participation, at the Olympic Games in London 2012 and Rio de Janeiro in 2016.CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL ARTICLE
Sampson Boxing Signs Massive Super Welterweight Sebastian 'The Towering Inferno' Fundora to a Promotional Contract
Sampson Lewkowicz of Sampson Boxing proudly announces the signing of undefeated super welterweight prospect Sebastian 'The Towering Inferno' Fundora to a promotional contract.
The 6' 7", 20-year-old southpaw Fundora, from Coachella, California, is the tallest fighter in his division in the world. Lewkowicz was, at first, reluctant to sign a virtually unknown commodity in Fundora, whose tall statue and low weight make him look deceptively emaciated.
So, always having been a great eye for talent, Lewkowicz put the young fighter in some tough match-ups and was very impressed by the results.
In September of last year, Fundora took on then undefeated Victor Toney and dominated him over six rounds. Looking to evaluate him further, Lewkowicz then put Fundora in a couple tough tests in South America and he won both by near shutout. CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL ARTICLE
Sampson Boxing Inks Promotional Deal with Panamanian Rising Star Jose 'El Magnifico' Nunez
Promoter Sampson Lewkowicz of Sampson Boxing proudly announces the signing of undefeated Panamanian lightweight Jose "El Magnífico" Nunez.
19-year-old Nunez is considered one of the most exciting Panamanian prospects to watch. He was awarded the title of "Prospect of the year 2017" by his homeland's press and the Panamanian Boxing Commission.
MELIAN DEMOLISHES SANTILLAN IN 'LOMACHENKO STYLE' PRO DEBUT; NOW WANTS ARGENTINE NATIONAL TITLE
Last Saturday night, two-time Argentinean Olympian Alberto "Impact" Melian turned professional the "Lomachenko way" by knocking out the former world title challenger Diego Ricardo Santillan in the fifth round.
Fighting in front of a sold out F.A.B. Stadium in his hometown of Buenos Aires, Melian hit Santillan (now 23-3, 15 KOs) with a sizzling right hand that dropped him for the 10 count.
Promoted by Sampson Boxing, in association with Tello Box and JEB Boxing and with the sponsorship of Abitab and Asociación Atlética Argentinos Juniors, "Night Of High Impact" and was broadcast live by TyC Sports for all of Latin America and a large part of the United States.
Next up, the Argentinean super bantamweight phenom will face Julián "Chispita" Aristule for the Argentinean championship.
said promoter Sampson Lewkowicz. "He is the Argentine Lomachenko. In his first fight, he knocked out a world title challenger and will be world champion by next year."
Sampson Lewkowicz proudly announces that budding superstar, and WBC World Super Middleweight Champion, David “El Bandera Roja / Red Flag” has renewed his exclusive Sampson Boxing promotional agreement.
20-year-old Benavidez (19-0, 17 KOs), became the youngest super middleweight world champion in boxing history by winning a split decision over Romania’s Ronald Gavril last September. The Phoenix-based slugger says he’s happy to continue his promotional relationship with Lewkowicz.
“Sampson is a great promoter and he’s done a lot for me,” said Benavidez. “He’s always treated me and my team with respect and I was eager to re-sign with him. I can’t wait to defend my title against the best and become the great fighter I am with Sampson on my team.” CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL ARTICLE
Sampson Boxing’s newest promotional signing, Argentinean amateur star and two-time Olympian, Alberto "Impacto" Melián, will be taking the “Lomachenko” route into the professional ranks by facing Diego Ricardo Santillan (23-2, 15 KOs) in an eight-round bout for his first professional fight on Saturday, December 16, at the Macro Stadium of the Argentine Federation of Boxing (FAB) in Buenos Aires.
A formidable foe for anyone, the 30-year-old Santillan, from Tartagal, Salta, Argentina, is a former Argentina (FAB), WBC Mundo Hispano and South American Bantamweight Champion. Melian, however, has requested the fast track to a world championship and promoter Lewkowicz has agreed.
“Alberto is regarded as one of the best Argentine amateur boxers ever and he’s ready for the best of the professional ranks. We hope to have him fighting for a world championship within 10 fights,” said Lewkowicz.
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Sampson Boxing Signs Argentinean Amateur Star Alberto Melian to a Promotional Contract
Sampson Boxing proudly announces the signing of Argentinean amateur star and two-time Olympian Alberto "Impacto" Melián to a promotional contract.
Considered by several experts as the best Argentine amateur boxer of the last eight years, Melián represented Argentina in numerous international tournaments, including his double Olympic participation, at the Olympic Games in London 2012 and Rio de Janeiro in 2016.
Melián was also a silver medalist in the South American Championship in Medellín 2010 and was one of the country's top fighters in the International Boxing Association (AIBA) tournaments. He also reached the quarterfinals at the Pan American Games in Guadalajara 2011. CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL ARTICLE
Sampson Boxing to Donate Proceeds from Second Event in One Week to Victims of Mexico Earthquake
This Saturday, September 30, Sampson Boxing, Buffalo Thunder Resort & Casino, TyC Sports and Holmes Boxing proudly present “Mexico vs. Argentina: Countries Collide,” a night of world-class professional boxing from the Buffalo Thunder Resort & Casino in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
And once again, Sampson Boxing President, Sampson Lewkowicz, with his partner, Pat Holmes of Holmes Boxing, will be donating $1 from every one of the 1500 tickets to the already sold-out show to victims of the recent Mexico City Earthquake. The donated funds, to be distributed by Mauricio Sulaiman of the World Boxing Council, will once again be matched X5 by world-renowned philanthropist and Mexican businessman Carlos Slim’s Foundation.
“Mexico vs. Argentina: Countries Collide” will be televised around the world by TyC Sports and headlined by a 10-round battle for the WBC Latino Welterweight Championship between Baja California, Mexico’s Juan Garcia “Tortas” Mendez (19-2-2, 12 KOs) and Buenos Aires, Argentina’s Juan Jose “The Pitbull” Velasco (19-0, 9 KOs).CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL ARTICLE
David Benavidez Promising Fireworks Against Ronald Gavril
Benavidez Vying to Become Youngest Super Middleweight Champion in History on September 8
Red-hot super middleweight contender David “El Bandera Roja/Red Flag” Benavidez is promising his best performance to date when he faces Ronald Gavril for the WBC Super Middleweight Championship.
The 20-year-old Benavidez (18-0, 17 KOs), ranked WBC #4, will be vying to become the youngest super middleweight champion in boxing history when he faces NABF champion Gavril (18-1, 14 KOs), rated #8, on September 8.
Benavidez was originally scheduled to face former champ Anthony Dirrell until Dirrell was injured. And with top contenders Callum Smith, Avni Yildirim and Chris Eubank Jr. all competing in the WBC Diamond Tournament, Gavril is the highest available contender. The winner of the tournament will become the mandatory to the winner of Benavidez vs. Gavril.
“I’m excited,” said Benavidez. “My goal is always to knock a guy out. But even if it doesn’t come, we’ll look magnificent in the fight and I’ll win that title.” CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL ARTICLE
SAMPSON BOXING SIGNS UNDEFEATED LIGHTWEIGHT BRYAN FIGUEROA TO A PROMOTIONAL CONTRACT
Sampson Lewkowicz of Sampson Boxing proudly announces the signing of explosive Mexican lightweight Bryan “The Kid” Figueroa to a promotional contract.
Before turning professional in 2014, undefeated Figueroa (12-0, 5 KOs) had an accomplished amateur career in his hometown of Tijuana, Mexico. A highly skilled boxer with matinee-idol good looks, Figueroa is trained by Coach Joe Vargas at The Arena Gym in San Diego, California and managed by Gregorio Ambriz.
He joins an ever-growing stable of Sampson Boxing Mexican and Hispanic fighters that includes boxing’s hottest fighter, super middleweight top contender David Benavidez, former WBC World Super Bantamweight Champion Hugo Ruiz, top super featherweight contender Jorge Lara, former multiple-time world champion Javier Fortuna, and WBC Latino welterweight Champion Cesar Miguel Barrionuevo. CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL ARTICLE
SAMPSON BOXING SIGNS UNDEFEATED FEATHERWEIGHT EDUARDO RAMIREZ TO A PROMOTIONAL CONTRACT
Sampson boxing proudly announces the signing of undefeated featherweight Eduardo “Zurdito” Ramirez of Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico, to an exclusive long-term promotional contract.
Ramirez (20-0-2, 7 KOs) is a 24-year-old, highly skilled southpaw with fast hands and super defense. He is managed and trained by Manuel Montiel Jr., brother of the five-time world champion Fernando Montiel.
“I am shocked and honored to be chosen to join the stable of Sampson Lewkowicz,” said Ramirez. “My dream of a world title shot will come true now that he is helping me and that was my goal all along. All I have to do is keep wining and my team will do the rest.”
Former two-division WBA World Champion Javier Fortuna made his first foray in the lightweight division against fellow Dominican Mario Beltre in front of his local fans on Saturday night in Santo Domingo. Fortuna (32-1-1, 23 KOs) knocked down the outclassed Beltre (16-3, 9 KOs) in the first round and then finished him off in the second with a paralyzing hook to the body.
Flanked by his promoter Sampson Lewkowicz, Fortuna said, “I feel great fighting as a lightweight, very powerful.” It was Fortuna’s third straight victory since losing the WBA super-Featherweight title against Jason Sosa exactly a year ago.
Red-Hot Super Middleweight Contender David Benavidez Does Admirable Job Behind Fox Sports 1 Mic for Brandon Rios’ Comeback Victory Last Sunday
Phoenix, Arizona-based super middleweight phenom David “El Bandera Roja” Benavidez spent some time behind the microphone last Sunday, while waiting eagerly for his potentially record-breaking world championship challenge.
Undefeated Benavidez (18-0, 17 KOs) did an admirable job serving as a Fox Sports 1 guest commentator for former champion Brand Rios’ exciting comeback victory over Aaron Herrera at the Pioneer Event Center in Lancaster, California.
Benavidez is coming off a star-making eight-punch combination KO 8 of fellow contender “Porky” Medina at the Laredo Energy Arena in Laredo, Texas.
The 20-year-old now waits for word on who he will face for the WBC Championship in his try to become the youngest super middleweight world champion in boxing history. Darrin Van Horn, who was 22 years, 8 months and 11 days old when he beat Lindell Holmes for the IBF super middleweight championship on May 18, 1991.
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Lewkowicz Congratulates ‘Pilon’ Lara for Smashing KO of Briones
Promoter Sampson Lewkowicz wishes to congratulate undefeated featherweight, Jorge “Pilon” Lara of Mexico, for his sensational stoppage of Mario Briones last Saturday night.
Fighting in the nationally televised semi-final bout in support of David Benavidez’s eighth-round KO over Rogelio “Porky” Medina at the Laredo Energy Arena in Laredo, Texas, Lara (29-0-2, 21 KOs) returned in impressive fashion from a 13-month layoff to TKO his countryman Briones (28-6-2, 21 KOs) in the third round.
Fast, powerful and relentless, Lara, a 26-year-old southpaw from Guadalajara, dropped Briones twice in round two and then finished the job at 2:03.
The performance was particularly remarkable, considering Lara was coming off an extended layoff due to a hand injury suffered in his previous fight, a career-changing KO over multiple-time world champion Fernando Montiel, as well as a gunshot wound suffered in a botched robbery attempt in Mexico. CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL ARTICLE
Sampson Lewkowicz Congratulates David Benavidez for Sensational KO of Porky Medina
Promoter Sampson Lewkowicz wishes to congratulate his fighter, David “El Bandera Roja” Benavidez of Phoenix, Arizona, for his sensational eighth-round knockout over Mexico’s Rogelio “Porky” Medina on Saturday night at the Laredo Energy Arena in Laredo, Texas.
With the star-making victory, Benavidez (18-0, 17 KOs) becomes a mandatory challenger for the WBC Super Middleweight Championship. And, depending on when it happens, a win in that fight could make 20-year-old Benavidez the youngest super middleweight world champion in boxing history.
“We were hopeful David would win the fight,” said Lewkowicz, “but I am amazed at how he won. He was incredible. Have you ever seen a knockout like that? An eight-punch combination that almost put Medina out of the ring? David is the best super middleweight in the world. No one can take his punches.” CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL ARTICLE
SAMPSON LEWKOWICZ SIGNS WOMEN’S THREE-TIME WORLD CHAMPION CAROLINA DUER TO A PROMOTIONAL AGREEMENT
Promoter Sampson Lewkowicz proudly announces the signing of three-time women’s world champion Carolina Duer of Buenos Aires to a promotional contract.
Duer (19-3-1, 6 KOs), undefeated since her fifth fight in 2008, is the current interim IBF World Female Bantamweight Champion. She won the WBO Bantamweight Championship in July 2013 and made two successful defenses, as well as the WBO Super Flyweight Championship in 2010 and made six successful defenses.
The Jewish daughter of Syrian immigrants to Argentina, Duer is a celebrity in her homeland, having appeared on the reality TV show Celebrity Splash!, which taught celebrities the art of diving, and now moonlighting as a prominent boxing commentator for Argentine National TV. CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL ARTICLE
SAMPSON BOXING RETURNS TO HOME COUNTRY OF URUGUAY FOR WORLD-CLASS BOXING AT CENTRO DE CONVENCIONES IN PUNTA DEL ESTE
Barrionuevo to Face Meza for WBC Latino Welterweight Championship
On Saturday, May 13, promoter Sampson Lewkowicz of Sampson Boxing, will present a night of world-class boxing, featuring several undefeated fighters risking their perfect records, at the Centro de Convenciones in Punta del Este, in his home country of Uruguay.
After the event’s weigh-in the night before, on Friday, May 12, Lewkowicz is also putting on a pair of very special seminars for South American officials and trainers.
Fighting in the May 13 10-round main event will be WBC #14-rated welterweight Cesar Miguel “La Joya” Barrionuevo (31-3-2, 21 KOs) of Catamarca, Argentina, taking on Oscar “El Estudiante” Meza (28-7, 23 KOs) of Sinaloa, México for the WBC Latino Welterweight Championship. CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL ARTICLE
FEATHERWEIGHT JORGE ‘PILON’ LARA RETURNS FROM LONG LAYOFF; KO PUNCHING FEATHERWEIGHT CONTENDER LOOKING FOR BIG FIGHTS
Back to 100% after a year of recovering from a hand injury, and a botched robbery that resulted in him being shot, power-punching Mexican featherweight contender Jorge “Pilón” Lara is back and looking for a significant fight.
Lara (28-0-2, 20 KOs), from Guadalajara, was last seen scoring the biggest victory of his career in April 2016, when he destroyed multiple world champion Fernando Montiel in one round at the StubHub Center in Carson, California. The powerful southpaw was able to drop Montiel four times before the fight was waived over at 1:37 of the opening three minutes.
Lara injured his hand in the impressive victory and then was shot in the leg during a robbery attempt in his homeland. All of which resulted in a long year off for the 26-year-old. CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL ARTICLE
FORTUNA RENEWS PROMOTIONAL AGREEMENT
WITH SAMPSON BOXING
Former WBA Featherweight and Super Featherweight Champion Javier “El Abejon” Fortuna (31-1-1, 22 KOs) has renewed his long-term promotional agreement with promoter Sampson Lewkowicz and Sampson Boxing.
From La Romana, Dominican Republic, the 27-year-old Fortuna has won two straight since dropping his super featherweight belt in a shocker against Jason Sosa in June 2016. He came back with an impressive two-round blowout of fellow Dominican Marlyn Cabrera in September 2016 and then, in November took the undefeated record of Delaware’s Omar “Super O” Douglas by unanimous decision.
“Sampson Lewkowicz is and always will be my promoter,” said Fortuna. “He has done right by me and my career at every turn. I will be world champion again with Sampson in my corner.”
Lewkowicz, who says he’s working on a big fight for Fortuna, says Fortuna has become like family.
“Javier is a son to me. I am honored to be his promoter and look forward to continuing to work for him. He is a great champion with many great fights left. After he won his first title, he told me we would work together for his entire career and he has kept his word. I will do everything to make him a champion again.”
WBC SANCTIONS SUPER MIDDLEWEIGHT ELIMINATOR BETWEEN UNDEFEATED DAVID BENAVIDEZ AND ROGELIO MEDINA FOR #2 MANDATORY TO WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
Now that sanction has officially been granted, the next fight for red-hot undefeated super middleweight David “El Bandera Roja” Benavidez will be an eliminator for the #2 mandatory challenger spot in the WBC’s world rankings against highly regarded contender Rogelio “Porky” Medina, of Sonora, Mexico.
WBC #1-rated Callum Smith and WBC #2-rated Anthony Dirrell will fight for the vacant 168 WBC Championship (tentatively scheduled for May), the winner of that fight must then face undefeated WBC #3 contender, Avni Yildirim, from Turkey. The champion at the end of those two fights will be mandated to face the winner of the Benavidez vs. Medina eliminator.
For Benavidez (17-0, 16 KOs), who served as chief sparring partner for middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin’s recent preparations to face Danny Jacobs, news of the fight with Medina is a welcome development.
“This is the biggest opportunity of my life and I’m not going to let it go to waste,” said Benavidez. “I’m going to destroy this guy like I do everybody else. I have never trained this hard for a fight and I feel that, come fight time, I’ll be extremely strong and do it up.” CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL ARTICLE
Reynoso to Face Valenzuela for WBC Silver Latino Super Bantamweight Championship on April 1 in Guadalajara, Mexico
On Saturday, April 1, at the Arena Jalisco in Guadalajara, México, promoters Eddie Reynoso of Clase y Talento, and Sampson Lewkowicz of Sampson Boxing will team up to present a night of world-class boxing, televised live on TyC Sports of Argentina.
As part of TyC's ongoing 25th anniversary celebration of boxing shows, this exciting event will feature a 10-round battle for the WBC Silver Latino Super Bantamweight Championship between Buenos Aires, Argentina's Roman Ruben Reynoso (19-1-2, 8 KOs) and Sonora, Mexico's Christian "Molacho" Valenzuela (13-0-1, 8 KOs).
Reynoso has left his native Argentina just twice in his career, but on one of those occasions, fought to a split draw with well-regarded prospect Adam Lopez on ShoBox: The New Generation in July 2016. Like Reynoso, the undefeated Valenzuela has never left his home country, but has stayed busy with 14 fights in his three-year career.
In the chief supporting bout, Argentinean 2016 Summer Olympian Alberto Palmetta will go for his third consecutive victory as a professional against Mexico City's Luis Montelongo (4-1).
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WBC Featherweight World Champion Gary Russell Jr. and featherweight contender Oscar Escandon will host a media luncheon and roundtable to officially announce their main event showdown Saturday, March 11 from MGM National Harbor in Maryland.
Following the luncheon, media will be offered a tour of The Theater at MGM National Harbor, the venue where the new resort’s first boxing event will be held.
Erickson Lubin & Jorge Cota Clash in a WBC Super Welterweight Title Eliminator in Primetime Battle on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING on CBS Presented by Premier Boxing Champions
Welterweight World Title Unification Between Keith Thurman & Danny Garcia Headlines Action on America's Most Watched Network Saturday, March 4 From Barclays Center in Brooklyn
BROOKLYN (February 8, 2017) -- Undefeated rising star Erickson "Hammer" Lubin will take on once-beaten knockout artist Jorge Cota in the co-feature bout of SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING on CBS, presented by Premier Boxing Champions, Saturday, March 4 from Barclays Center, the home of BROOKLYN BOXING™, live on CBS from 9-11 p.m. ET/6-8 p.m. PT.
The broadcast, which will be just the second primetime boxing presentation on the CBS Television Network in nearly 40 years, is headlined by the highly anticipated welterweight world title unification between unbeaten stars Keith Thurman and Danny Garcia. The broadcast is presented by Premier Boxing Champions and produced by SHOWTIME Sports® for CBS Television, both divisions of the CBS Corporation.
Lubin and Cota will open the broadcast with an elimination bout for the WBC Super Welterweight World Championship held by undefeated champion Jermell Charlo, who is due a mandatory bout against No. 1 contender Charles Hatley. The highly regarded Lubin (17-0, 12 KOs) will face his toughest opponent to date in Cota (25-1, 22 KOs) as both men vie for their first world title shot.
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Sampson Lewkowicz Issues Challenge to World’s Super Top Super Middleweights on Behalf of Boxing Prodigy David Benavidez:
Fight My Fighter!
Promoter Sampson Lewkowicz is issuing a challenge to the world’s top super middleweights: Help his fighter, David “El Bandera Roja/Red Flag” Benavidez, become the youngest 168-lb champion in boxing history by fighting him.
“He is on a course to smash the old record,” said Lewkowicz of Benavidez, but I need a top-10 contender or a world champion to fight him. He’ll take on anyone in the world.”
Phoenix, Arizona’s Benavidez (17-0, 16 KOs), who did his usual steamroll over opponents last Saturday night at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas (this time over Uzbekistan’s Shareli Mamajonov in less than two brutal rounds), is only 20 years old. The youngest super middleweight champion in history was Darin Van Horn, who was 22 years, 8 months and 11 days old when he beat Lindell Holmes by KO 11 for the IBF Super Middleweight Championship on May 18, 1991.
“Promoters don’t want their fighters to fight him,” continued Lewkowicz. “He can’t move up the ratings or make boxing history if promoters are too worried about their investments to let their fighters face him. I need the promoters behind the top 10 contenders in the division to step up and see if their fighters can stop his rise. They can’t. But I need them to try.” CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL ARTICLE
Promoters Team Up to Present World-Class Night of Boxing in Guadalajara, Mexico, on February 11
On Saturday, February 11, at Jalisco Guadalajara Arena in Guadalajara, Mexico, a trio of well-established promoters, Eddie Reynoso of Clase y Talento Boxeo, Eric Gomez of Golden Boy Promotions and Sampson Lewkowicz of Sampson Boxing, will team up to present a night of world-class boxing featuring some of Latin America’s future champions.
The event will be presented in association with and broadcast by RingTV.com and TyC Sports of Argentina for the 25th anniversary of their popular Boxeo De Primera to most of North and South America.
In the explosive 10-round main event, Buenos Aires, Argentina’s undefeated Juan Jose “El Pitbull” Velasco (14-0, 8 KOs) will defend his WBA Fedebol Welterweight Championship against once-beaten Fernando “El Cacho” Marin (13-1-3, 9 KOs) of Monterrey, Mexico.
In the eight-round super featherweight co-main event, Córdoba, Argentina’s Jose Matias Romero (12-0, 5 KOs) will take on Guadalajara’s Bernardo “Benny” Gomez Uribe (18-6, 11 KOs). CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL ARTICLE
IBF Flyweight World Champion John Riel Casimero to Relinquish Title and Campaign at Super Flyweight
Former IBF World Light Flyweight and current IBF Flyweight World Champion John Riel “Quadro Alas” Casimero and his team have made the decision to relinquish his title and campaign in the super flyweight division.
Casimero (23-3, 15 KOs), who stopped Englishman Charlie Edwards in 10 rounds last September at the O2 Arena in London, will now go gunning for the 115-lb division’s top dogs including IBF World Champion Jerwin Acajas and Nicaragua’s Román “Chocolatito” González.
Sampson Boxing Congratulates Rodriguez for Winning Euro Welterweight Championship;
Next Sets Sights
on Paulie Malignaggi
Sampson Lewkowicz of Sampson Boxing and his long-time promotional partner, Sergio Martinez of Maravillabox Promotions, congratulate the welterweight contender they co-promote, Ceferino “Ferino V” Rodriguez, for today’s (December 2) hard-fought EBU (European) welterweight title-winning victory over France’s Ahmed El Mousaoui.
After a scintillating back-and-forth war, Rodriguez (24-1, 12 KOs), also the former WBC Latino Welterweight champion, won a split decision over the determined El Mousaoui (now 24-3-1, 6 KOs) at the Las Palmas in Islas Canarias, Spain.
The victory sets up a potential showdown with former two-weight world champion Paulie Malignaggi for Rodriguez’s newly won European championship on American soil.
“I am happy to have won such a rough fight,” said Rodriguez. “Now I want to make history with a fight between a Spaniard and an Italian on American soil. Bring me Paulie Malignaggi.” CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL ARTICLE
Sampson Boxing Signs Argentina’s Cesar Miguel Barrionuevo to a Promotional Agreement
Sampson Boxing proudly announces the signing of Argentinean welterweight slugger Cesar Miguel “La Joya” Barrionuevo to an exclusive long-term promotional contract.
Barrionuevo (30-3-2, 20 KOs), from Salta, Argentina, first caught the eye of promoter Sampson Lewkowicz in January of this year, when he scored a devastating one-punch KO of capable Dominican contender Azael Cosio in the quarter finals of the World Boxing Council (WBC) welterweight tournament.
In a dominant performance, Barrionuevo had Cosio down once each in the first, second and fourth rounds then down twice in the fifth, the last of which was a single left hook that put Cosio to sleep.
In his seven-year professional career, the 27-year-old southpaw Barrionuevo has already held the Argentina (FAB) Welterweight and WBC Latino Welterweight Championships. The Cosio KO was the only time he has ventured outside his native Argentina to fight. CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL ARTICLE
Former Fighting Cab Driver David Emanuel Peralta Moving to Miami to Train with Herman Caicedo
The world’s most unexpected top contender, red-hot welterweight David Emanuel Peralta, has left his cab-driving job behind in his native Argentina and will now be training with well-known coach Herman Caicedo at Caicedo Sports Training Center in Miami, Florida.
Peralta (26-2-1, 14 KOs), who won a clear but surprising split-decision victory over multi-division world champion Robert Guerrero in August, will now find himself preparing for his upcoming fight December beside several world-class names including Interim WBA World Heavyweight Champion Luis "King Kong" Ortiz, former WBA Super Bantamweight Champion Juan Carlos Payano, Claudio Marrero, Yenifel Vicente, Ramon Luis and many more top professionals.
Fortuna Returns with Impressive KO over
Formerly Undefeated Cabrera
On Saturday night in front of a standing-room-only crowd at the Sambil Commercial Center in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, former world super featherweight champion Javier “El Abejon” Fortuna returned to action with an impressive two-round blowout of fellow Dominican Marlyn Cabrera.
In his first fight since a surprise defeat last June to Jason Sosa that cost him his WBA World Super Featherweight Championship, Fortuna (30-1-1, 22 KOs) dropped Cabrera twice in the second round, eliciting the stoppage. It was Cabrera’s first loss as a professional.
FORMER WORLD CHAMP JAVIER FORTUNA’S COMEBACK BEGINS SEPTEMBER 23 IN SANTO DOMINGO, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC, AGAINST UNDEFEATED MARLYN CABRERA
The comeback of one of boxing’s most exciting fighters, former WBA World Super Featherweight Champion Javier “El Abejon” Fortuna, will begin on Friday, September 23, 2016.
Fortuna (29-1-1, 21 KOs) of Braintree, Massachusetts, via La Romana, Dominican Republic, will take on fellow Dominican Marlyn “Maravilla” Cabrera (22-0, 10 KOs) of Santiago de los Caballeros in a 10-round super featherweight battle to top promoters Sampson Lewkowicz’s (Sampson Boxing) and Cesar Mercedes’ (Manguita Promotions) night of world-class boxing at the Sambil Ballroom in Sambil Plaza in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic and live on Dominican TV RNN.
27-year-old southpaw Fortuna won the WBA World Super Featherweight Championship in May 2015 with a 12-round decision over Bryan Vasquez and made a successful defense in September 2015 against Carlos Ivan Velasquez (TKO 10). But then in June of this year, Fortuna suffered a surprise TKO 11 defeat at the Capital Gym in Beijing, China, to unheralded challenger Jason Sosa of New Jersey. Winning fairly easily on all three scorecards, a tiring Fortuna was surprised and dropped by a spirited late-fight rally. CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL ARTICLE
PROMOTER LEWKOWICZ SAYS PERALTA NO LONGER A CAB DRIVER AFTER HUGE UPSET VICTORY OVER ROBERT GUERRERO
Sampson Lewkowicz, promoter of suddenly red-hot welterweight David Emanuel “El Pirata” Peralta, says big changes are on the way for his cab-driving Argentinean fighter.
On Saturday night, Peralta (26-2-1, 14 KOs), a 70:1 underdog, came out of retirement to win a surprise 12-round split decision over former world champion Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California.
BRAND-NEW IBF JUNIOR FEATHERWEIGHT CHAMPION JONATHAN GUZMAN TO BE RINGSIDE FRIDAY AT FOXWOODS
IBF Junior Featherweight Champion Jonathan “Salomon King” Guzman (22-0, 22 KOs) won’t be taking any time to rest on his newly acquired laurels.
The Dominican KO artist won his first world championship yesterday (Wednesday, July 20) by stopping former #1 contender Shingo Wake in 11 brutal rounds in Osaka, Japan. Guzman’s power was simply too much for Wake, who fell four times before the end came at 2:16 from merciful referee Wayne Hedgpeth.
The iron-fisted Dominican could easily spend the rest of the summer celebrating the victory, but has no intention to do so.
He is quickly flying home from Japan in order to be ringside tomorrow (Friday, July 22) at the Foxwoods Resort in Mashantucket, Connecticut, to watch San Antonio’s Adam Lopez face Argentina’s Roman Ruben Reynoso on ShoBox: The New Generation.
Guzman’s intention is to face the winner of that fight in his first title defense.
His promoter, Sampson Lewkowicz of Sampson Boxing, says Guzman’s victory has only created a new mission for the Dominican slugger.
“He wants to clean out the division now,” said Lewkowicz. “We told him to enjoy the victory for himself and his country, but he wants to go right back to work. That is the determination and love for what he does that has made him an undefeated champion with a perfect knockout record. I congratulate him for his first world title and for his commitment to be a true world champion.”
DOMINICAN KO ARTIST GUZMAN READY FOR FIRST WORLD TITLE SHOT
IBF #2 super bantamweight contender Jonathan “Salomon King” Guzman (21-0, 21 KOs) is hard at work preparing for the “fight of his life” with trainer Hector Bermudez at Peter Welch’s Gym in Boston.
The 26-year-old KO artist from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, will face IBF #1 contender Shingo Wake (20-4-2, 12 KOs) on Wednesday, July 20, at EDION Arena Osaka in Osaka, Japan, for the vacant IBF World super bantamweight title.
Guzman, who stopped Mexico’s tough Daniel Rosas in eighth round on April 29 to earn this fight, says his dreams are so close to coming true he can almost taste them. “I have waited my whole life for a world title fight and now it’s almost here,” said Guzman. “I can’t wait to get in the ring and win for my family and my country.”
Trainer Bermudez says Guzman has too many weapons to fall short in this fight. “Although Jonathan has never had to go the distance because his power is amazing, he can also box very well. He’s just never had to thus far in his career. Jonathan is the complete package and soon the world will be learning all about him. There is no way that Wake can beat him.”
ONE OF BOXING’S MOST EXCITING FIGHTERS, WBA SUPER FEATHERWEIGHT CHAMPION JAVIER FORTUNA, TO MAKE SECOND DEFENSE AGAINST HARD-PUNCHING JASON SOSA IN BEIJING CHINA, ON FRIDAY, JUNE 24
On Friday, June 24, at the 18,000-seat Beijing Capital Gym in Beijing, China, one of boxing’s most exciting fighters, Javier “El Abejon” Fortuna (29-0-1, 21 KOs) will make the second defense of his WBA World Super Featherweight Championship against hard-punching WBA #8 contender Jason Sosa (18-1-4, 14 KOs). The potential war between the two sluggers will be also be seen by an audience of nearly 100 million Chinese via cctv5 channel live broadcast.
Fortuna vs. Sosa was officially announced at a press conference in Beijing today as the first in an ongoing series of four high-profile events per year that will be put on by the co-promotional partnership of Mr. Min Du Modoson and Mr. Liu Gang of Max Power Promotions "MPP" and Sampson Lewkowicz of Sampson Boxing.
26-year-old Fortuna, of La Romana, Dominican Republic, has been a standout in boxing since his days as a decorated amateur who participated in the inaugural Pan American Junior Championships in 2003. Considered one of the most exciting fighters in the sport, Fortuna won his current title with a unanimous decision over Bryan Vasquez in May 2015. He defended is successfully in September of last year with a TKO 10 over Carlos Ivan Velasquez. Fortuna previously won the Interim WBA Featherweight Championship by beating formerly undefeated Patrick Hyland in December 2012. The powerful southpaw is also known for scoring highlight reel knockouts over formidable opponents including Yuandale Evans (TKO 1) and Miguel Zamudio (KO 1). Fortuna is promoted by Sampson Boxing. CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL ARTICLE
PROMOTER SAMPSON LEWKOWICZ ORDERED TO BEGIN NEGOTIATING GUZMAN VS. WAKE FIGHT FOR VACANT IBF SUPER BANTAMWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP
Sampson Boxing Fighters Score Four Impressive KOs in One Weekend
Promoter Sampson Lewkowicz has been given the go-ahead to begin negotiating a world-title fight between his fighter, explosive KO punching Dominican Jonathan Guzman, and the promoters for Japan’s Shingo Wake.
As per their rules for vacant championships, Lewkowicz, representing Guzman, the IBF #2 super bantamweight, and Kyoei Promotions representing IBF #1 Wake were ordered to begin negotiations immediately and have them completed no later than June 2 of this year.
Guzman (21-0, 21 KOs) is hot on the heels of a sensational eight-round stoppage victory over Daniel Rosas last Friday, April 29, in Atlantic City, in a voluntary eliminator for the #2 spot in the ratings.
Wake (20-4-2, 12 KOs) earned his number one spot by scoring a unanimous decision victory over Thailand’s Mike Tawatchai last June.
KO ARTIST JONATHAN GUZMAN TO FACE DANIEL ‘BAD BOY’ ROSAS FOR IBF #2 POSITION AT SUPER BANTAMWEIGHT ON APRIL 29
Promoter Sampson Lewkowicz of Sampson Boxing proudly announces the IBF has agreed to sanction a super bantamweight voluntary elimination fight between their #7 contender Jonathan Guzman and #14, Daniel Rosas for the #2 position in their ratings.
Under the IBF rules criteria, two of the top five available contenders can compete in a voluntary elimination fight for the second-highest spot in the ratings. Guzman (20-0, 20 KOs) from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, and Rosas (20-2-1, 12 KOs) from Mexico City, are Sampson Boxing promotional stablemates. The bout is scheduled for Saturday, April 29, 2016, in Atlantic City, New Jersey. CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL ARTICLE
LEWKOWICZ CONGRATULATES OSCAR ESCANDON FOR TITLE-WINNING VICTORY
Knockout Over Robinson Castellanos Makes Escandon the Second Sampson Boxing World Champion in Two Weeks
Promoter Sampson Lewkowicz of Sampson Boxing wishes to congratulate his fighter, Oscar Escandon, for his title-winning victory on Saturday night in at the DC Armory in Washington, DC.
Escandon (25-2, 17 KOs), from Tolima, Colombia, stepped up a weight class and picked up the interim WBC World Featherweight Championship with a KO 7 over Mexico's Robinson Castellanos. A powerful uppercut from Escandon ended matters at the 2:59 mark.
With the victory, Escandon became the second Sampson Boxing fighter to win a world championship in the last two weeks. Mexico's Hugo Ruiz won the WBC World Super Bantamweight title with a KO 1 over Julio Ceja. CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL ARTICLE
LEWKOWICZ CONGRATULATES NEW WBC SUPER BANTAMWEIGHT CHAMP HUGO RUIZ
Team Ruiz Sets Sights on Carl Frampton
Promoter Sampson Lewkowicz of Sampson Boxing wishes to congratulate the fighter he co-promotes (along with Oswaldo Kuchle of Promociones Del Pueblo), Hugo “Cuatito” Ruiz, for his title winning victory on Saturday night.
Fighting on the Showtime-televised co-main event last Saturday (February 27) at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California, Ruiz (36-3, 32 KOs) gained revenge against Julio Cesar Ceja and took back his WBC World Super Bantamweight Championship via TKO 1 (:51 seconds).
“Hugo was the fighter I knew he was tonight,” said a happy Lewkowicz. “In the first fight, he gave this guy too much respect. This time he came out looking to destroy him and he did.” CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL ARTICLE
SAMPSON BOXING SIGNS UNDEFEATED SUPER LIGHTWEIGHT JUAN RUIZ TO PROMOTIONAL CONTRACT
Sampson Lewkowicz of Sampson Boxing is proud to announce the signing to a long-term exclusive promotional agreement of undefeated Venezuelan super lightweight Juan El Niño” Ruiz.
29-year-old Ruiz (16-0, 10 KOs) from Santa Teresa del Tui, has suffered long layoffs due to promotional and managerial problems in the past, but says his problems are now behind him with the addition of promoter Lewkowicz to the team.
A well-rounded boxer puncher who fights at distance and on the inside equally well, Ruiz had 220 amateur fights before turning professional in 2006. He held the WBC FECARBOX super lightweight title in 2011 and was once world rated by the WBA and WBC. CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL ARTICLE
SAMPSON BOXING SIGNS ‘BAD BOY’ ROSAS TO
A PROMOTIONAL AGREEMENT
Sampson Lewkowicz of Sampson Boxing is proud to announce the signing of formidable super bantamweight contender Daniel “Bad Boy” Rosas to a promotional agreement.
Rosas (20-2-1, 12 KOs), of Mexico City, is a two-time world title challenger and former WBO
WBO Youth Super Flyweight and WBC Caribbean Boxing Federation (CABOFE) Super Flyweight Champion.
A tough, toe-to-toe slugger with fast hands and a penchant for body punching, 26-year-old Rosas says he’s happy to be joining the Sampson Boxing stable.
“I’m so excited,” said Rosas. “It’s a dream come true. I’ve been waiting a long time to sign with Sampson. I am planning to take things up another level and get a shot at the world championship. I want to thank my manager, Fernando Dominguez, for helping me get this opportunity and putting me in with the right people to help make my boxing dream come true.” CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL ARTICLE
SAMPSON BOXING WINS RIGHT TO PROMOTE MCJOE ARROYO VS. JERWIN ANCAJAS IBF SUPER FLYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP FIGHT
A purse bid procedure was held today in the IBF offices in New Jersey and promoter Sampson Lewkowicz of Sampson Boxing has wo the right to promote the IBF Super Flyweight Champion McJoe Arroyo’s first mandatory defense, against Jerwin Ancajas
Sampson Boxing now has 15 days to submit the executed contracts (no later than February 17, 2016) and the fight must take place within 90 days or by May 2, 2016. Lewkowicz says Ancajas’ home country of the Philippines is the probable location for the fight. CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL ARTICLE
COSIO TO FACE BARRIONUEVO IN WBC WELTERWEIGHT TOURNAMENT QUARTER FINAL ON SATURDAY, JANUARY 30 IN MEXICO
The WBC Welterweight Tournament will continue on Saturday, January 30, when Azael “Turbo” Cosio (20-3-2, 17 KOs) of Santa Marta, Panama, faces Cesar Miguel “El Zurdo” Barrionuevo (28-3-2, 19 KOs) of Catamarca, Argentina.
The winner of this fight will face Pennsylvania’s Sammy “The Who Can Mexican” Vasquez in the semi-final in late Spring.
Promoted by Sampson Lewkowicz of Sampson Boxing and Reginaldo and Oswaldo Kuchle of Promociones del Pueblo, the 12-round Cosio vs. Barrionuevo showdown will be held at Hotel Ixtapa Azul, in Guerrero, Mexico, and will be televised live on Mexico’s Televisa and TyC Sports of Argentina.
According to Lewkowicz, in the other leg of the tournament, new WBC Welterweight Champion Danny Garcia has been mandated to face Amir Khan. The winner of that fight will then face the winner of the Cosio/Barrionuevo vs. Vasquez semi-final fight. CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL ARTICLE
SAMPSON BOXING AND ‘EL CHAVO’ RODRIGUEZ EXTEND PROMOTIONAL AGREEMENT
Sampson Boxing proudly announces the re-signing of a promotional agreement with Dominican super featherweight knockout artist Braulio “El Chavo” Rodriguez.
27-year-old Rodriguez (18-1, 17 KOs), from Santo Domingo, is the current WBC Latino Super Featherweight Champion after stopping Marcos Gabriel Martinez in two rounds last August. He is rated #13 in the world by the WBC.
Sampson Lewkowicz, President of Sampson Boxing, says he is currently working hard on obtaining the proper visas for his fearsome slugger to fight in the United States.
“El Chavo has a wild fighting style that the fans in the United States would love,” said Lewkowicz. “He is unpredictable and very entertaining with one-punch power in either of his fists. I am finishing up the paperwork to bring him over here and help him become a star.” CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL ARTICLE
SAMPSON BOXING SIGNS PROMOTIONAL AGREEMENT WITH UNDEFEATED FEATHERWEIGHT MARIO MUNOZ
Sampson Lewkowicz of Sampson Boxing proudly announces the signing of undefeated featherweight Mario “Yayo” Munoz to a promotional contract.
25-year-old Munoz, from Guadalajara, Mexico, currently sports a record of 16-0-1, 10 KOs and has been a professional since 2011. He will make his promotional debut under the Sampson Boxing banner on February 19 at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City when he takes on fellow unbeaten Adam Lopez (14-0, 7 KOs).
The fight against Lopez will be Munoz’s first outside Mexico. To prepare for this tough assignment, Munoz is working hard with trainer/manager Rafael Guzman and world-class Sampson Boxing stablemates Hugo “Cuatito” Ruiz (35-3, 31 KOs) and Jorge “Pilon” Lara (27-0-2, 19 KOs) in Guadalajara. CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL ARTICLE
SAMPSON BOXING SIGNS AMATEUR STAR
ABRAHAM ‘SUPER’ NOVA TO AN EXCLUSIVE
Sampson Lewkowicz of Sampson Boxing is proud to announce the signing of the current #1 ranked 141-lb. amateur boxer in the United States, Abraham “Super” Nova.
Born at the Hospital of Centro Medico in Carolina, Puerto Rico, to Dominican parents, the hard-punching 21-year-old Nova will be turning professional next month after an incredible amateur career in which he went 167-11 with 60 KOs. The prestigious titles he won include national and international victories at the 2014 USA Nationals, the 2014 Independent World Cup in the Dominican, and Gold at the 2014 Cheo Aponte Tournament, and the 2015 Olympic Qualifiers. He is also a five-time New York Golden Gloves Champion.
“Boxing was a sport where I didn’t have to rely on teammates,” explains Nova of his decision to become a boxer. “I was so good in sports; I didn’t have to rely on any team to win. I did it more because it was more independent. If my team didn’t do good, I didn’t do good. In boxing you rely on nobody but yourself.”
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BOXING PRODIGY DAVID BENAVIDEZ RETURNS TO
ACTION ON JANUARY 19!
19-year-old Boxing prodigy David “El Bandera Roja/RED FLAG” Benavidez will return to action on Tuesday, January 19, at Club Nokia in Los Angeles, California.
One of the most exciting young prospects in boxing, the fearsome-punching Benavidez (11-0, 10 KOs) will face Burlington, Vermont’s Kevin “The Vermont Bully” Cobbs (10-1, 4 KOs) in an eight-round light heavyweight battle.
Benavidez’s rising star caught fire in his last ring appearance, a brutal, nationally televised TKO 1 over Felipe Romero last November that has the entire boxing world buzzing about this fresh new face with the cast-iron fists.
“It’s a great feeling to give the fans what they want,” said Benavidez of the victory. “I knew something big would happen that night. I could feel it. It feels good knowing that people want to see me fight.”
To prepare for Cobbs, Benavidez’s promoter Sampson Lewkowicz of Sampson Boxing, has the Phoenix-based fighter and his father/trainer Jose Benavidez Sr., (David is the younger brother of undefeated Interim WBA World Super Lightweight Champion Jose Benavidez Jr.) working with Hector Bermudez at Peter Welch’s Gym in South Boston. CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL ARTICLE
'BOXING PRODIGY' DAVID BENAVIDEZ MAKES HIS SHOBOX DEBUT A MEMORABLE ONE BY DESTROYING ROMERO IN ONE ROUND
As promised, 18-year-old boxing prodigy David "El Bandera Roja" Benavidez made his ShoBox: The New Generation debut an unforgettable one at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, last night.
The granite-fisted Benavidez, now 11-0, 10 KOs, dug cruel hooks to the body and clubbing shots to the head while dropping opponent Felipe Romero three times on his way to a TKO 1 (2:00).
Fighting in the opening bout of a SHOWTIME tripleheader, Benavidez left fans wanting more, and Romero wanting no more, in a display of brutality that has put him on the boxing’s world’s radar in a big way.
Had Romero been a typical fall-guy, Benavidez’s destruction may not have been the “red flag” it was, but the Mexican veteran is typically no easy assignment. CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL ARTICLE
UNDEFEATED MIDDLEWEIGHT PROSPECT SERGIY DEREVYANCHENKO & UNBEATEN LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT DAVID BENAVIDEZ ADDED TO SHOBOX: THE NEW GENERATION THIS SATURDAY, NOV. 14, LIVE ON SHOWTIME®
Unbeaten Super Welterweights Frank Galarza & Jarrett Hurd Square Off In
Main Event Of Tripleheader From Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas Live At 10:45 p.m. ET/PT
NEW YORK (Nov. 10, 2015) – Former Ukrainian Olympian and undefeated middleweight prospect Sergiy Derevyanchenko (6-0, 4 KOs, WSOB: 23-1, 7 KOs) returns to face veteran Jessie Nicklow (25-7-3, 8 KOs) in the eight-round co-feature of ShoBox: The New Generation, this Saturday, Nov. 14, live on SHOWTIME (10:45 p.m. ET/PT) from Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.
In the opening bout of the tripleheader, unbeaten light heavyweight David Benavidez (10-0, 9 KOs), of Phoenix, Ariz., will make his ShoBox debut against veteran Felipe Romero (15-9-1, 9 KOs), of La Paz, Mexico, in an eight round bout.
In the ShoBox main event, undefeated super welterweights Frank Galarza (17-0-2, 11 KOs), of Brooklyn, N.Y., and Jarrett Hurd (16-0, 10 KOs), of Accokeek, Md., will square off in a 10-round bout. CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL ARTICLE
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GARY RUSSELL JR. TO DEFEND WORLD TITLE AGAINST OSCAR ESCANDÓNON SATURDAY, NOV. 14 FROM HARD ROCK HOTEL & CASINO IN LAS VEGAS
Live on SHOWTIME® At 10:45 p.m. ET/PT
LAS VEGAS (Oct. 21, 2015) - Gary Russell Jr. (26-1, 15 KOs) will make the first defense of his WBC Featherweight World Title when he takes on Oscar Escandón (24-2, 16 KOs) in the SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® main event on Saturday, Nov. 14 from Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, live on SHOWTIME (10:45 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast).
Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by TGB Promotions, are priced at $155, $105, $80, $55 and $30, not including applicable fees, and are on sale now. Tickets may be purchased at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino box office, by calling 888-9-AXS-TIX, or online at www.axs.com.
SAMPSON BOXING SIGNS 18-YEAR-OLD ‘BOXING PRODIGY’ DAVID BENAVIDEZ TO A PROMOTIONAL CONTRACT
Promoter Sampson Lewkowicz of Sampson Boxing proudly announces the signing of boxing ‘wonder kid’ David “El Bandera Roja” Benavidez to a promotional contract.
Benavidez, already 10-0, 9 KOs as a super-middleweight professional, hails from Phoenix and is the younger brother of undefeated Interim WBA World Super Lightweight Champion Jose Benavidez Jr.
Considered a boxing prodigy by many, Benavidez has been trained since age two by his father Jose Benavidez Sr. He turned professional at 16, but was forced to ply his trade in Mexico until age 18, when he was legally allowed to fight in the United States. The ultra-talented youngster has already sparred with many of the best fighters in the world including Kelly Pavlik, Gennady Golovkin and Nobuhiro Ishida to name a few He has also trained at the Wild Card Gym with Freddy Roach.
“I feel really blessed,” said Benavidez of the promotional deal. “It’s a great opportunity for me and great for my career. I am excited to step up to this big stage and show everybody how hungry I am and what I’m about. I want to show my skill level to the boxing world.” CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL ARTICLE
JAVIER FORTUNA DEFENDS HIS WORLD TITLE WITH A 10TH-ROUND STOPPAGE OF CARLOS VELASQUEZ
SEP 30, 2015
BY JASON SCAVONE
Javier Fortuna got to Carlos Velasquez early, and he without a doubt got to him late, as the 130-pound world champion from the Dominican Republic thoroughly outclassed his opponent in his first title defense in front of a rowdy Las Vegas crowd at the Palms Casino Resort on Tuesday night.
Fortuna took his time to bow to the crowd on all three sides of the ring before the opening bell. It wouldn’t be the last bit of theater Fortuna (29-0-1, 21 KOs) displayed on the evening. He shuffled, he danced, he mugged for the cameras and he windmilled his right hand as if to deliver a bolo punch.
But his best bit of schtick was saved for the 10th round when he turned a perfect somersault in the ring right after referee Russell Mora pulled Fortuna off Carlos Velasquez (19-2, 12 KOs) and half tossed him to the center of the ring while waving off the bout at 35 seconds. CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL ARTICLE
HEADING FOR SURGERY IN MORNING, JORGE LARA FURIOUS WITH DIRTY TACTICS OF OPPONENT JESUS ROJAS
With plastic surgery to repair his badly damaged eyes scheduled for tomorrow in Mexico, and his entire boxing career in jeopardy, featherweight contender Jorge “Pilon” Lara (27-0, 19 KOs) says the opponent that caused the damage, Puerto Rico’s Jesus Rojas, should be banned permanently from boxing.
24-year-old Lara took on Rojas last Tuesday (September 8) in the co-feature of a Fox Sports 1-televised night of PBC Boxing from the Hollywood Palladium in Hollywood, California, and was forced to settle for a six-round technical draw after repeated head butts from Rojas tore deep cuts over both his eyes. Lara suffered a bad cut on his left eye in round three and his right in round five. At the conclusion of round six, he indicated to referee Jack Reiss he was no longer able to see.
SUPER FEATHERWEIGHT WORLD CHAMPION JAVIER FORTUNA WILL DEFEND AGAINST PUERTO RICAN OLYMPIAN CARLOS VELASQUEZ ON TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, FROM THE PEARL AT PALMS CASINO RESORT IN LAS VEGAS ON PREMIER BOXING CHAMPIONS (PBC) TOE-TO-TOE TUESDAYS ON FS1
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Super featherweight world champion Javier "El Abejon" Fortuna (28-0-1, 20 KOs) takes on 2004 Puerto Rican Olympian Carlos "Twin Dream" Velasquez (19-1, 12 KOs) as PBC TOE-TO-TOE TUESDAYS on FS1 comes to the Pearl at Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas on Tuesday, September 29.
Televised coverage begins at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT with undercard action to be announced shortly.
Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by Mayweather Promotions are priced at $100.50, $75.50, $50.50 and $20.50 plus applicable fees, and are on sale Thursday, September 10. Tickets may be purchased at www.ticketmaster.com or by calling the Pearl Box Office at 702-994-3200 or Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000.
"I am so excited to be headlining this great event and I look forward to defending my title in Las Vegas," said Fortuna. "Velasquez is a very tough fighter, but I am going to prove that I am a great world champion. This will be an entertaining fight and I won't stop going until I get the knockout."
"It's been a childhood dream of mine to become a world champion and now that time has come to show the world that I'm worthy." said Velasquez. "I'm going to leave everything in the ring against Fortuna. He's one of the best fighters in the division and a win against him will open up many doors for my career." CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL ARTICLE
'KID PACQUIAO' TRAINING IN CEBU CITY, WAITING ON U.S. WORK VISA
Undefeated lightweight Jonel "Kid Pacquiao" Dapidran (6-0, 3 KOs) will continue to train in Cebu City, Philippines, while waiting on a work visa to the United States.
Promoter Sampson Lewkowicz is moving the entire camp from Las Vegas to Cebu City to work with the 17-year-old slugger, including top trainer Jun Agrabio.
"Agrabio is going there to help this kidr6995ty get to the next level," said Lewkowicz.
Lewkowicz says that Dapidran will have one or two fights in the Philippines while awaiting the proper visa.
"I want to keep him active so that when he makes his US debut he will be ready to put on a great show," explained Lewkowicz.
CAMPILLO AND CUELLO TRAINING IN PARADISE
Sampson Boxing Establishes Training Camp in U.S. Virgin Islands
Two Madrid-based fighters have travelled to a newly established 340 Boxing/Sampson Boxing training camp in the island paradise of St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, to prepare for their upcoming fights.
Sampson Boxing’s own former light heavyweight world champion and IBF #13-rated Gabriel “El Chico Guapo” Campillo (25-7-1, 12 KOs) and WBC #11-rated Luciano Leonel “El Principito” Cuello (35 3, 17 KOs) are working hard at the 340 Boxing Gym in St. Thomas, USVI with trainer Matias Antonio Gonzalez and two world-rated locals, John “Dah Rock” and Julius “The Chef” Jackson.
On Saturday, September 12 at the Foxwoods Resort in Mashantucket, Connecticut, (and live on NBC) Campillo will face undefeated “Sir” Marcus Browne (15-0, 11 KOs) of Staten Island, New York, on the undercard of the Peter Quillin vs. Michael Zerafa event.
And on Tuesday, September 22, at the Hollywood Palladium in Hollywood, California, (and live on USA FOX Sports 1) Cuello will face undefeated Philadelphian Julian “J Rock” Williams (20-0-1, 12 KOs) for the WBC Continental Americas super welterweight title. CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL ARTICLE
LEWKOWICZ SIGNS JONEL 'THE KID PACQUIAO' DAPIDRAN, SECOND COUSIN OF MANNY PACQUIAO, TO A PROMOTIONAL CONTRACT
Promoter Sampson Lewkowicz, the man credited with discovering an unknown talent named Manny Pacquiao in the Philippines in 2000, proudly announces the signing of Pacquiao's second cousin, Jonel "The Kid Pacquiao" Dapidran to a long-term promotional contract.
17-year-old Dapidran (6-0, 3 KOs) is an undefeated lightweight prospect from Digos City in the Philippines. Manny Pacquiao's maternal grandfather and Junel's father are brothers.
"A San Francisco attorney named Sydney Hall brought Manny Pacquiao to my attention 15 years ago," said Lewkowicz. "None of the major promoters paid attention, but we saw what a talent he was. I was working as a matchmaker for (then promoter) Murad Muhammad, and I convinced him to sign Manny and bring him to America. Now, as a promoter, I am bringing his close family here for the first time and I strongly believe this young man will make a big statement in our sport." CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL ARTICLE
CASIMERO ELECTS TO FACE ARROYO, PUTS PURSUIT OF RUENROENG REMATCH ON HOLD
Promoter Sampson Lewkowicz of Sampson Boxing says his fighter, former IBF and WBO Light Flyweight Champion Johnriel “Quadro Alas” Casimero, will not pursue an immediate rematch against IBF flyweight titleholder Amnat Ruenroeng, but will instead look for a more lucrative match against Puerto Rico’s McWilliams Arroyo.
Calling it the “business-wise career path” for his 25-year-old fighter from Cebu City, Cebu, Philippines, Lewkowicz says the well-deserved rematch against Ruenroeng will have to be put on hold temporarily.
Casimero lost a highly questionable, foul-filled 12-round decision to Ruenroeng at the Hua Mark Indoor Stadium in Bangkok, Thailand, on June 27. The bizarre fight included the champion being warned by referee Larry Doggett five times for wrestling Casimero to the canvas before being penalized. In an abysmal refereeing performance, Doggett also gave Ruenroeng credit for a non-knockdown push and ruled a legitimate knockdown against the champion a slip. CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL ARTICLE
LEWKOWICZ SIGNS CEFERINO RODRIGUEZ TO A
Sampson Lewkowicz of Sampson Boxing proudly announces the signing of welterweight Ceferino “Ferino V” Rodriguez (19-1, 10 KOs) to a co-promotional agreement, along with former champion Sergio Martinez’s Maravilla Box Promotions.
26-year-old Rodriguez, from Las Palmas, Islas Canarias, Spain, will be trained by well-known Madrid-based trainer, Gabriel Sarmiento. The five-year pro has already won the Spanish Welterweight, European Union Welterweight, and WBC Latino Welterweight Championships.
Lewkowicz, who has previously worked with Spanish champions Kiko Martinez, Gabriel Campillo and Javier Castillejo, says Rodriguez will make a fine addition to his stable.
“Ceferino Rodriguez has the talent to become another great champion from Spain and I am happy he chose to let Sergio Martinez and I help guide his career,” said Sampson Lewkowicz. “He will be training with one of the best in the sport in Gabriel Sarmiento, so everything is now in place for his career to explode.”
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SAMPSON BOXING’S HISTORIC ‘LAS VEGAS EN EL RADISSON’ BOXING AND POKER SHOW TAKING SHAPE
PAYANO VS. WARREN: PREMIER BOXING CHAMPIONS - THE NEXT ROUNDON BOUNCE TV TAKES PLACE SUNDAY, AUGUST 2 LIVEFROM FULL SAIL UNIVERSITY IN WINTER PARK, FLORIDA 9:00 P.M. ET
TICKETS ON SALE NOW!
Tripleheader Features World Title Fight Between
Juan Carlos Payano & Rau'shee Warren
Plus Four-Man Junior Middleweight Tournament That Pits
Yudel Jhonson vs. Jorge Cota & John Jackson vs. Dennis Laurente
Winter Park, Florida (July 20, 2015) - Payano vs. Warren: Premier Boxing Champions - The Next Round on Bounce TV debuts Sunday, August 2 at 9:00 p.m. ET on Bounce TVfrom the state-of-the-art performance venue, Full Sail Live, on the campus of Full Sail University in Winter Park, Florida with tickets on sale for the event now.
Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by Warriors Boxing and Sampson Boxing, are on sale and priced at $50 for reserved seating and $25 for general admission and can be purchased by calling Warriors Boxing at (954) 985-1155 or by visiting warriorsboxing.com. Tickets can also be purchased through Ticket Force by calling (877) 840-0457 or by clicking HERE.
The main event of the evening will be a 12-round Bantamweight World Championship fight between Juan Carlos "Baby Pacquiao"Payano (16-0, 8 KOs) and Rau'shee "Nuke" Warren (13-0, 4 KOs). Both fighters are Olympians - Payano for the Dominican Republic and Cincinnati southpaw Warren, a three-time Olympian for the United States. Each fighter brings an undefeated record to the battle for the title.
Sampson Boxing to Stage Historic ‘Las Vegas en el Radisson’ Show, Combining Poker Tournament and World-Class Boxing
The week of Saturday, August 8, at the Radisson Montevideo Victoria Plaza Hotel in Montevideo, Uruguay, promoter Sampson Lewkowicz will stage “Las Vegas en el Radisson,” a historic first for boxing, combining a world-class boxing show that Saturday night with a four-day international poker tournament.
In the boxing show’s main event, former women’s world champion and hometown hero Cecilia “La Reina” Comunales of Paysandu, Uruguay (12-1, 8 KOs), will move up in weight for the first time to go 10 rounds with Lina Milagros Tejada (10-2, 8 KOs) of the Dominican Republic for the WBC Women’s Super Lightweight International Championship.
The night’s main supporting bout is a very special “All Panama City” grudge match four years in the making, as super bantamweight Rafael “El Torito” Concepcion (18-7-1, 8 KOs) of Panama City, Panama, will challenge comebacking former multiple world champion Roberto “La Arana” Vasquez (32-6-2, 22 KOs), also of Panama City.
And in a very special third featured bout, Braulio “El Chavo” Rodriguez (17-1, 16 KOs) of La Romana, Dominican Republic, will take on Entre Ríos, Argentina’s Marcos “Maquinita” Martinez (17-2, 5 KOs) in a 10-rounder for the WBC Latino Super Featherweight Championship.MORE