In coming up the hard way as a fighter, Derrick “Super” Samuels didn’t have the leisure of building up his record with handpicked opponents. This has caused his goal of reaching elite status in the Junior Welterweight division to hit a few speed bumps.
“When I fought Marvin Cordova, everyone in attendance knew who the real winner was” said Samuels, who lost a much disputed decision in Cordova’s hometown last August. “The outcome of the Richard Abril fight was extremely controversial as well.” “I got dropped by a good punch, got up within a few seconds of being knocked down and the referee called it off without warrant”, Samuels explained of his disappointing first round knockout loss.
“The most ironic part about it is that the same referee worked Nate Campbell’s beat down of Ricky Quiles (which took place on the same card as Samuels-Abril) and he didn’t stop that fight, even with ringside commentator Teddy Atlas screaming for a stoppage”, said Samuels, who holds a (16-4-1, 4 KOs) pro ledger and is the current NABA-US 140 lb champion.
This Friday, Samuels will once again have a tough task at hand. The Orlando based southpaw will tangle with hardcore veteran Roberto Valenzuela in an eight round non-title contest, which is taking place at the A La Carte Event Pavilion in Tampa, Florida. Aside from having more than four times the amount of fights Samuels does, Valenzuela has tangled with countless prospects, contenders and champions. While a plethora of young fighters have been unable to rebound from early losses, Samuels’ experiences have only benefited him.
“The losses have definitely made me a better fighter and have humbled me” mentioned Samuels who will tangle with Valenzuela in the card’s main event. “They have also made me a better listener and a far better boxer. I used to go out there trying to knock my opponents out but now I train for the distance and to be the superior fighter. Without the losses, I wouldn’t have learned”, said Samuels.
The undercard will be topped by an eight round contest between local favorite Nicholas “The Assassin” Iannuzzi (9-0, 6 KOs) of Tampa, FL and Theo Kruger (9-7-1, 3 KOs), who hails from Port Charlotte, FL. The two Floridians will battle it out for the vacant NBA Cruiserweight title. Former amateur standout Adam Hubinger of Tampa by way of the Czech Republic will risk his (12-0, 10 KO’s) record over six rounds at Light Heavyweight against tough Philadelphian Jose “El Macho” Medina (14-13, 10 KOs).
Tampa’s Jenna Shiver (7-4-1, 2 KOs) and Christina Leadbeater 2-1 of PA will duke it out in a ladies four round Featherweight contest. Rounding out the card will be a four round Featherweight scrap between Tampa’s Charlie Serrano (7-2, 2 KOs) and iron-chinned Vineash Rungea (2-12-3), who has impressively gone the distance in all of his fights.
Tickets for “Fight Night” at the A La Carte Event Pavilion can be ordered by going to Ticketmaster.com. The A La Carte Pavilion is located at 4050 Dana Shores Drive in Tampa, Florida. Doors open at 7 and the opening bell is scheduled for 8 pm. The card is being promoted by Starfight Productions.
Starfight Productions is based out of Tampa, Florida and is operated by Aaron Jacobs, Shea Bailey, Pete Fernandez, Mike Asmer, and Randy Feldman.