Lewkowicz on Katsidis-Guerrero, Martinez, Floyd Jr., More
By Chris Robinson
During Friday's fights at the Cosmopolitan Hotel and Casino I ran across advisor Sampson Lewkowicz, always one to welcome to a good conversation. Lewkowicz manages some of the sport's finest talent and has one of the most hectic schedules around as he is traveling constantly and always handling business for his clients.
Hours earlier I was in the gym with lightweight contender Robert 'The Ghost' Guerrero as he sparred some vigorous rounds in preparation for his April 9th collision with Australia's Michael Katsidis, who Lewkowicz works with closely. The lightweight tussle is shaping up as one of the most compelling fights of the early 2011 season yet while many feel the fight is a pick em', Lewkowicz has little doubt about the outcome.
"I totally believe that he will knock Guerrero out and he won't stop towards becoming a champion. He deserves it and he's a good kid," Lewkowicz coined.
At the moment Lewkowicz's prized pupil is middleweight champion Sergio Martinez, now two weeks removed from an 8th round TKO over Germany's Sergiy Dzinziruk, a victory Lewkowicz still seems smitten by. But when eyeing the Argentinean's future, Sampson concedes that there is confusion as to which exact direction the team will take but leaves hints as to the next move.
"I was frustrated from day one with Martinez because it doesn't matter; at 147 he couldn't get a fight. At 154 it was the same. And 160 is no different. If it is in the United States most likely it would be Peter Manfredo. He's a worthy challenger that, if nothing else, is available," he continued.
With no ideal opponents seeming to be available at the moment in the middleweight class, I asked Lewkowicz if a move to 168 could be in the works sometime down the road as Martinez against the likes of fighters like Andre Ward, Carl Froch, Lucian Bute and others is at least worth the thought. Lewkowicz shot down such a scenario, pointing out that the 36-year old has already filled out to his max at 160 pounds.
Lewkowicz would rather see see Martinez face someone closer to his weight class and I finished up our rap session by asking him if Manny Pacquiao or Floyd Mayweather Jr. was more of an ideal candidate at this point.
"Pacquiao is out of the question. Mayweather is the one."
[QUOTE=rasdun;10287652]Martinez has definitely proved in his last 3 fights over Pavlik, Williams, and Dzinziruk, all very good opponents, that he is up there with Pac and May.Pac and May had previously proved their worth as great fighters, and now Martinez…Comment by Pacquiao'd on 03-27-2011
[QUOTE=komandante;10287218]Pac has fought bigger opponents many many times which Martinez have never done.[/QUOTE] both floyd and sexay beat bigger men without needing CATCHWEIGHTS, unlike your god pactardComment by Gratide on 03-27-2011
I think PBF would be scared to death to ge in the ring with Martinez . Plus the money wouldn't be near as good , PBF wants nothing but money . PBF is only interested in two things retirng with…Comment by LeadUppercut on 03-26-2011
[QUOTE=komandante;10287218]Pac has fought bigger opponents many many times which Martinez have never done.[/QUOTE] Dude, he beat the lineal middleweight champ Pavlik who dwarfed him. There were recent concerns whether Pavlik could even make 160, he looked destined for SMW, and…Comment by rasdun on 03-26-2011
Martinez has definitely proved in his last 3 fights over Pavlik, Williams, and Dzinziruk, all very good opponents, that he is up there with Pac and May.Pac and May had previously proved their worth as great fighters, and now Martinez…Post a Comment/View More User Comments (9)