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Q&A: Sampson Lewkowicz

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By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Sampson Lewkowicz is one of the most respected and influential boxing agents in the world and is responsible for guiding the careers of many world champions including the world’s best featherweight Chris John. Fightnews spoke to Sampson about the boxers he looks after, his connection with Australian based boxers Paul Briggs, Hussein Hussein and Noufell Ben Rabah, as well as how he regards Daniel Geale as a future major body world middleweight champion.

Please tell us about the boxers you work with.

I act as a adviser as well as a promoter for the following champions:

Gabriel Campillo, WBA light heavyweight champion, who has rematch with Beibut Shumenov in January 2010 in Las Vegas.

Sergio Martinez, WBC super welterweight champion, who is tentatively scheduled to fight on December 5th or 12th in the USA.

Isaac Hlatschawayo, IBF welterweight champion, who will have his first defense in South Africa on December 12th.

Michael Katsidis, WBO interim lightweight champion, who will have his mandatory title fight during the first quarter of 2010 against the champion Juan Manuel Marquez.

Chris John, WBA featherweight super champion, who will have a well deserved vacation and will be back in action during the first part of 2010.

Celestino Caballero, IBF/WBA Champion at 122, who is tentatively scheduled to unify with “Juanma” Lopez in January 23rd 2010 in Puerto Rico.

Marvin Sonsona, WBO super fly champion, who is scheduled to defend his title on November 21st at Casino Rama Ontario versus Alejandro “Payasito” Hernandez.

Simphiwi Ngqoyi, IBF super fly champion, who will give Jorge Arce a rematch on December 12th in Mexico.

Donnie Nietes, WBO minimum champion, who will fight in the Philippines on December 5th where he will make his 4th title defense.

You have a great connection with Australian based boxers including former world rated 175 pounder Paul Briggs, for who you secured two shots against Tomaz Adamek in WBC title bouts. Both fights went to the wire with Adamek winning razor close decisions. Please give me your thoughts on Paul Briggs and his fights against Adamek.

I am very proud of Paul Briggs he had two opportunities to be a champion and he was very close but no cigar. Both fights were candidates for fight of the year. Paul will always be in my heart and will be my friend for life.

Former world rated flyweight Hussein Hussein battled Jorge Arce twice. The first fight was regarded as one of the best flyweight fights in recent years. Please give me your thoughts.

Hussein Hussein fought a great first fight against Jorge Arce but in the rematch he totally underestimated Arce and paid heavy for this mistake.

You were the man behind Noufell Ben Rabah’s shot at the world IBF 140 pound title against Juan Urango. Many thought Ben Rabah deserved the decision except all three judges of the fight who all had Urango winning. Your thoughts please.

Neufel Ben Rabbah got equal treatment to that of Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez in the robbery of the century in the State of Florida. Both bouts were a travesty for boxing. This does not normally happen in Florida but I was the lucky one to have this happen to my represented fighters.

You are now guiding the career of world rated middleweight Daniel Geale who recently lost a disputed split twelve round decision to Anthony Mundine. Most fans thought Geale was a clear winner. Your thoughts on Geale and your plans for him? Can he defeat the new IBF 160 pound champion Sebastian Sylvester?

I had several conversations with the management of Daniel Geale, but as of now it is fair to say that I do not represent him. However it would be a honor to be a part of his team. He definitely has a chance of becoming another Australian world champion.

You helped match the Shane Cameron vs David Tua fight, which is regarded as the biggest boxing event in New Zealand’s history. Please give me your thoughts on this fight.

Shane Cameron and David Tua was the biggest fight in the history of New Zealand and at a press conference his trainer Roger Bloodworth stated ‘this is the new David Tua’ and he really fooled me because it was the young David Tua and I give him all the credit in the world. I congratulate David Tua, his team and his Promoter Cedric Kushner. Furthermore, in my entire career in boxing I never witnessed over 100 tables full of smart and wealthy people in black ties, as well as a sell out crowd of 6,000. I believe that many American promoters should learn from DUCO EVENTS of New Zealand in bringing corporate executives into our beloved sport.

Tell us a little about yourself.

I was born in Montevideo, Uruguay on January 10, 1951 and I came to the States in 1972 and until today I make my residence in Las Vegas and have been in boxing for almost two decades.

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