WBA Backs Lewkowicz, Orders Caballero-Garcia By 9/7

By Rick Reeno has been advised that the World Boxing Association has sided with promoter Sampson Lewkowicz in his ongoing dispute with WBA "regular" featherweight champion Celestino "Pelenchín" Caballero (36-4, 23KOs). Lewkowicz, who doesn't promote either boxer involved, secured the rights to Caballero's mandatory defense against Mikey Garcia (28-0, 24KOs) by winning a WBA purse bid with a monetary submission of $440,000.

The fight was originally scheduled for July 28th in Indio, California and Telefutura was going to televise. Lewkowicz later secured a better deal and moved the show to September 7th at the Hard Rock Resort and Casino in Las Vegas - and Showtime was going to televise as part of their ShoBox series.

Caballero protested Lewkowicz's idea to move the fight to September, citing inactivity fears and also stating that Lewkowicz was violating the WBA's rules by staging the fight outside of the 90 day window [from the date of the purse bid].

Lewkowicz claimed that he had a deal in place until Caballero's former adviser/Panamanian promoter Rogelio Espino interfered with his plans by persuading Caballero to change his mind on fighting Garcia in September.

Both sides complained to the WBA, and the sanctioning body began to investigate the dispute.

As part of their WBA's resolution:

1. Sampson Boxing LLC has until September 7th to stage the fight.

2. Sampson Boxing must submit an additional 10% retainer [$44,000] within ten days.

3. Within ten days, Sampson Boxing must submit new contracts to both boxers with a new date that falls on or before September 7. The boxers will then have seven days to sign and return the contracts.

4. If either boxer fails to return a signed contract within seven days, their recognition under the WBA will be voided.

It's going to be interesting to see how everything plays out. When the fight fell out a few weeks ago, Top Rank began making plans to match Garcia against WBO featherweight champion Orlando Salido in the fall.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by nycsmooth on 07-06-2012

good 4 Sampson, Garcia & fFoyd, as Floyd floated the $400+ purse bid $$ & he'll be outta jail 2 see it; bad 4 CC, he's going to get mugged, IMO...

Comment by .:: JSFD26 ::. on 07-06-2012


Post a Comment - View More User Comments (2)
Top Headlines Lemieux's Manager Confident Canelo Fight Can Be Made For May Luis Nery Looks To Take His Career To Next Level in Tijuana Hekkie Budler Aims To Bounce Back at Kempton Park Josh Taylor Continues To Rise By Drilling Dave Ryan in Edinburgh Magdaleno on Track To Make 122-Pounds For Donaire Title Shot Hassan N'Dam Aims To Revamp Career, Hires Pedro Diaz Shane Mosley: I'm Semi-Retired - But For Right Opponent I'll Fight! For Better or Worse, Heavyweight Glory Still Runs Through Klitschko Golovkin's Coach: Mayweather Deserves Catch-Weight, NOT Canelo! Frank Warren: Klitschko Does NOT Deserve Shot at WBA Title! What To Do With Tyson Fury? - BoxingScene Ratings Update Arum Explains Manny Pacquiao's Lack of Knockouts Since 2009 McGuigan: Frampton Will Make an Impact in Vegas With Santa Cruz Golovkin Warns Saunders: I Want Your Belt, That is My Goal! Joe Hanks, Denis Douglin Return To Action on November 5 Manny Pacquiao Gets in One Last Workout Before Leaving To LA Hearn: I 100% Want Anthony Joshua vs. David Haye in 2017 Parker vs. Ruiz: Duco Looking For Goverment Funding For Event Jean Pascal Not Yet Ready For Ring Return, Says Trainer Photo: Victor Terrazas, Eduardo Hernandez on Weight For War Vargas: It's My Time, After I Beat Pacquiao - A Star Will Be Born! Erislandy Lara Still Has a Target on The Back of Gennady Golovkin Photos: Luis Nery, Richie Mepranum Set For War in Tijuana Joselito Velasquez, Mexican Olympian, To Be Trained By Robles Wladimir Klitschko, Lucas Browne Far Apart On Money For 12/10 Photos: Canelo is Officially Belted in Puerto Rico By The WBO Cotto Says Canelo Rematch is a Subject For Discussion Danny Williams Returns, Faces Ali Eren Demirezen in Hamburg Edis Tatli Takes on Manuel Lancia on December 17 Canelo vs. Saunders Showdown Fully Backed By WBO Prez Weights: David Lemieux, Cristian Fabian Rios Ready To Fight Eggington Predicts Damage: I'm Going To Do a Job on Gavin Jeff Horn Ready For IBF Strap: 100%, Bring on Errol Spence! Hooker Plans on Testing Perez's Chin Early on Kovalev vs. Ward Marin, Pintor Make Weight For Boxeo Telemundo Season Finale Photo: Micki Nielsen, Kevin Lerena Ready For Battle Abel Sanchez Very Confident That Andy Ruiz Beats Joseph Parker Frampton: I'll Make it Two-Nil, Santa Cruz Only Fights One Way! Golovkin's Coach: I Doubt Canelo Will Last Eight or Nine Rounds Jeff Horn Crushes Rico Mueller As Title Shot Nears

Latest Active Forum Threads