Caballero-Garcia Purse Bid is Won By Sampson Lewkowicz

By Ryan Maquiñana

Sampson Lewkowicz outbid Top Rank to win the purse bid for Celestino Caballero’s upcoming WBA featherweight title defense against Mikey Garcia.

Lewkowicz’s offer of $440,000 eclipsed Top Rank’s number of $402,000.  The bidding took place Thursday afternoon at the Marriott Dadeland in Miami, Fla., and was conducted by WBA president Gilberto Mendoza and executive vice president Jesus Mendoza.

Possible date of July 28th in Los Angeles, Panama and the frontrunner, Las Vegas. 

Caballero (36-4, 23 KOs), from Panama City, Panama, has made one defense of the belt after regaining it from Jonathan Barros, a unanimous decision over Satoshi Hosono last December.  Garcia (28-0, 24 KOs), from Oxnard, Calif., stopped Bernabe Concepcion in March.

Ryan Maquiñana writes a weekly column for Comcast SportsNet Bay Area ( He’s also a member of the Boxing Writers Association of America and Ring Magazine’s Ratings Panel. E-mail him at [email protected] , check out his blog at or follow him on Twitter: @RMaq28.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by EdMon917 on 05-14-2012

[QUOTE=PTY_Boxing;12074552]Outbox him? Dont think so... Caba got the experience, plus is a tricky fighter..[/QUOTE] [IMG][/IMG] Anyways.....Garcia will beat him. Decision or Stoppage.

Comment by Hougigo on 05-14-2012

Can't wait

Comment by Blue Mercury on 05-14-2012

Damn how did I miss this thread??? #WarMikey

Comment by Babalu11 on 05-03-2012

This is a good fight, but It's Bullshhit that Chris John has not faced the regular champion and the WBA does this kind of BS. Also I like that Lewkowicz is promoting this. He seems like a good guy. I'm…

Comment by PACnPBFsuck on 05-03-2012

Hopefully this is a Main Event on BAD or SHObox, July just seems so far away.

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