Earlier this week, the Panamanian Boxing Commission publicly declared prominent boxing representative Sampson Lewkowicz “Persona Non Grata” and stated that they “are prohibiting Lewkowicz (from having) any kind of relation or contact with this commission as well as with any Panamanian boxer since the relation will not be recognized” for a period of one year, for what they say is allegedly threatening the management of WBA Bantamweight Champion Anselmo Moreno that their contract with Moreno would be terminated by the Commission for going against the interests of their represented boxer if they didn’t persuade the fighter to sign a promotional agreement with Golden Boy Promotions by April 5. Now Lewkowicz is coming forward with his version of what happened.
According to Lewkowicz, earlier this year, he travelled to Panama and made a deal with a TV network to do a series of fights there. He claims the deal angered an unnamed television executive in Panama, whom he alleges fired off a letter to the rival television network and declared “this means war,” and also began a campaign to sully the name of Lewkowicz. Lewkowicz, through counsel, wrote a cease and desist letter to the television executive demanding he stop making disparaging remarks about him. The letter from Commission President Alberto Guerra declaring Lewkowicz undesirable was written shortly after Lewkowicz’s lawyer sent the cease and desist letter.
“This suspension is absurd,” said Lewkowicz. “How can you suspend me for a letter I wrote without asking me to comment about it? What they’re deciding I meant in that letter isn’t true. I work hard every day to get the most for the fighters I deal with. Letting a $1.2 million deal go by without even answering me, is an act of negligence on the part of a fighter’s manager. That was all I was trying to convey: that what they were doing was seriously bad for their fighter’s financial future.”
Below is the letter Lewkowicz sent the Moreno Camp:
Following the e-mail I sent you and Dr. Grimaldo on March 29th we are still without a answer and you have by passed all the deadlines that Golden Boy has given you.
If you want to make any changes regarding names or to add or remove any one Golden Boy Promotions will have no objections to this, however one more time I will tell you crystal clear that under the terms of this agreement Golden Boy Promotions will be the sole holder of the world wide broadcast rights for Anselmo Moreno and those rights are non negotiable in this particular contract.
I know that you are a extremely busy entrepreneur and maybe you don’t have the time to review and concentrate on what for you might be a small and insignificant contract, however for Anselmo Moreno it is very significant for his future and for the future of his family.
Hopefully you have a Plan B that will produce a better opportunity for Anselmo Moreno than the one worth US$1.2 Million Dollars because by Close of Bussiness Tuesday the 5th of April 2011 Golden Boy Promotions will withdraw their offer and then you must face your represented fighter and manager with another proposal that will be acceptable to both and face the consequences that loosing this opportunity will bring.
I have spoken several times with Panama Boxing Commissioner Mr. Alberto Guerra and I shared a few of my thoughts with him and one of those was if there are any laws on their books regarding managers that do not act in the best interest of their represented boxers and what are the consequences of the managers actions, maybe you should share some of your time with Mr. Guerra and find out for your self how managers can be penalized.
With that in mind I recommend that you act accordingly and take the deadline of April 5th 2011 @ 1700hrs. EST.