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Lewkowicz Explodes On Schaefer, Golden CEO Fires Back

By Rick Reeno

Promoter and international boxing agent Sampson Lewkowicz exploded when he read some of the recent comments that appeared in Thursday's headline story on BoxingScene.com. On Tuesday, Lewkowicz laughed off the possibility of matching WBC middleweight champion Sergio Martinez against unbeaten WBO beltholder Peter Quillin.

Lewkowicz believes Quillin has not been promoted well by Golden Boy Promotions and feels general public has no idea who Quillin is.

"Golovkin and Geale are fighters who people know and they have been promoted very well - but I can't say the same for Peter Quillin, who nobody knows. I had to go on Youtube to remember who Quillin was, and the only thing I found was a video where Quillin was interviewing himself and asking 'who is Sergio Martinez?' Maybe by now Quillin knows who Martinez is - but we still have no idea who Peter Quillin is," Lewkowicz said.

Golden Boy's CEO, Richard Schaefer, responded during an interview with BoxingScene's Robert Morales,

"Well, because he doesn't want to fight him, that's why [Lewkowicz said that]," Schaefer said. "Simple as that. He's not a very smart business guy, Sampson, but he certainly is a smart matchmaker; I give him that. So if i would be him, I probably wouldn't want to put Martinez in with a young, strong undefeated middleweight champion like Peter Quillin."

Schaefer's comments fired Lewkowicz up - but he says the tension with Schaefer has been brewing for months. According to Lewkowicz, he suffered a bad falling out with Golden Boy and Showtime - when he refused to pull Martinez from last September's lucrative title fight with Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.

On September 15th, Top Rank and Golden Boy went head to head with Las Vegas events. Golden Boy staged a Showtime televised quadrupleheader from the MGM Grand, with Saul Alvarez defending his WBC 154-pound title against Josesito Lopez. Two miles down the road, Top Rank and Lou DiBella joined forces for an HBO Pay-Per-View event at the Thomas & Mack Center, which featured Martinez-Chavez in the main event.

Lewkowicz claims that he was approached by Schaefer to pull Martinez from the show, and then he was threatened with the consequence of being "put of business" if he failed to comply. To further escalate the situation, he says Showtime pulled a scheduled ShoBox date as payback for standing with Top Rank/HBO on the September show.

And, Lewkowicz also made a serious allegation that Schaefer stiffed him on a $20,000 fee - connected with Lucas Matthysse's June 2012 TKO victory over Humberto Soto. He claims Schaefer has refused to pay him the owed funds, because of the Chavez-Martinez event.

"I totally agree with Richard Schaefer, the CEO of Golden Boy Promotions, that I am not a smart businessman - because after ten years of working with Richard Schaefer and being loyal - he f***ed me with $20,000 dollars and never paid me, even though it was allocated as an expense on that event. And I want to know, did he keep that money for himself or did give it back to the company?," Lewkowicz told BoxingScene.com.

"It was in the budget of the fight, but because he asked me to pull out Martinez - and I told him 'I cannot do that' - he kept my money. Furthermore, he told me that he would put Top Rank, and myself, out of business. At the same time, I used to have a date with ShoBox and he took it away from me. [Showtime Sports head] Stephen Espinoza, he told me 'how can he give me a date when I went across the street and that I'm not friendly with Showtime.'"

"I'm very happy that this smart banker opened the can of worms. It's shameful what he did because I was his best soldier, a loyal soldier for over ten years and now he threatens to put me out of business. I was waiting for him to open the can of worms, so I could let him know the real Richard Schaefer. In my personal opinion he's a crook because owes me that money and [Golden Boy President] Oscar De La Hoya is aware of that, because I spoke to him and he's aware. I'm still waiting for my check. I want to know where is the money? Did he keep it, give it to charity of put it in his pocket? I don't know."

"He told me at the Mandalay Bay that I'm either with him or else he's going to put me out business in the same way that he's going to put Top Rank out of business. And I will never be a part of that, because it's not being a human being if I'm working to put people out of business instead of joining forces. And I paid with Showtime because I wanted to do the right thing for my fighter Martinez, and because of that they closed the door on me - Showtime as well as Golden Boy."

When reached for comment, Schaefer said he was puzzled over Lewkowicz's statements. The Golden CEO denies Lewkowicz's allegations. He feels Lewkowicz is no longer the same person he met 10 years ago, and says it was Lewkowicz who threw away their friendship by consistently making negative comments in the direction of Golden Boy and Showtime.

"I have no f*** clue what he is talking about. I think he has a hangover from drinking the Top Rank and the HBO Kool-Aid. His allegations are absolutely not true. He has to make up his mind if he is a promoter or a manager, because maybe he should look at the rules and regulations in the United States because your can't be both. These are false allegations and obviously he's drinking that Top Rank and HBO Kool-Aid and I just hope that he's not going to have a hangover," Schaefer told BoxingScene.com.

"I think that maybe the kind of comments he makes, and the sh*t he talks, that he shouldn't be surprised that he's throwing away friendships and relationships based on those comments he's making. You cannot make these kind of comments and then think that by treating us, and treating everybody the way he is, [that nothing will happen]. He's become a different Sampson Lewkowicz since he got Martinez, because now all of a sudden he wants to become a little [Top Rank CEO] Bob [Arum] - because he thinks by becoming a little Bob that people are going to take notice of him."

"The one who stared to piss all over Golden Boy, it was Sampson, and he knows exactly what I'm talking about. He's the one who started this. They say what goes around comes around. He's become very arrogant and very full of himself and thinks because he has Sergio Martinez that suddenly he has all of the leverage in the world. You don't trash people publicly like he did. You don't do that. That's not the way you deal with people, and then after that you go to the same people and say 'let's be friends.' It doesn't work like that. The sh*t he talked about Golden Boy and the shi*t he continues to talk about Showtime and then he thinks 'oh great, why don't you give me some dates. Why are you not my friend? Why don't you invite me to your dinner table?' It does not work like that. As I said, he probably has a hangover from drinking the HBO and Top Rank Kool-Aid."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by RumirNemo on 04-05-2013

.... you cannot catch the fish through their tails indeed, but you can catch instead the fish through their mouth... it seems to me that Schaefer has indeed shows his TRUE colors.... and that he is indeed a Crooked... what…

Comment by KRAFTSMAN on 04-05-2013

We'll really never know about all the nasty things going on behind the scenes. Who would trust these clowns now? Come on, trying to make Martinez pull out of the Chavez fight at the last minute in favor of the…

Comment by lfc19titles on 04-05-2013

This s what mean, hiding drug cheats and now threatening someone so they can make more money. Gb are dirt, they really are scum bags of this sport. That gb worthless CEO first he blames top rank, then hbo and…

Comment by jso416 on 04-05-2013

Arum is the kind of snake that will lull you to sleep with his rattle tail and bite you in the face.. Schaefer is the kind of snake that creeps out of the dirt, sneaks from behind and bites you…

Comment by MeanestNiceGuy on 04-04-2013

Lmao! These old "queens" are hilarious! They're spending waaay too much time blameshifting with the whole "he hurt my feelings" nonsense. Just do business together, STFU, or do both. Business has no room for feelings, get in gear or get…

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