Lem’s latest: Sept. 2014 ‘perfect time’ for Martinez-Golovkin



The earliest that a bout could happen between RING middleweight champion Sergio Martinez and WBA titleholder Gennady Golovkin would be in September of 2014, said Martinez’s advisor, Sampson Lewkowicz.

Martinez (51-2-2, 28 knockouts), also the WBC’s 160-pound beltholder, was last in the ring for April’s unanimous-decision win over Martin Murray, representing his seventh-straight win during a run that includes four stoppage victories.

Meanwhile, Golovkin (27-0, 23 KOs) scored his 14th-straight knockout last month against Matthew Macklin, whom Martinez stopped in March of last year.

Lewkowicz and promoter Lou DiBella told’s Ryan Songalia that Martinez would gladly face Golovkin in the future. Lewkowicz later said, however, that a bout between Martinez and Golovkin would have to happen in September of next year, after a Martinez return in the spring or early summer.

“I think that sometime next year, sometime between March and June, Martinez would fight against somebody after a year without a fight,” said Lewkowicz.

“After a year without fighting, we would not allow him to go right against Golovkin, so it would be somebody else first. Then the grand finale, against Golovkin, could be in September. That would be the perfect time.”


Hammer-fisted super middleweight titleholder Arthur Abraham (36-4, 28 KOs), who was stopped for the only time in his career in the third round and dethroned as WBO titleholder by Robert Stieglitz (44-3, 25 KOs) in March, has signed a new promotional deal with Sauerland Events and will return to the ring on Aug. 24 against Namibia’s Willbeforce Shihepo (20-6, 15 KOs) at at the Sport-und Kongresshalle in Schwerin, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany.

Saurland’s website announced the development.

A 33-year-old former IBF middleweight titleholder, Abraham dethroned Stieglitz by unanimous decision in August of last year, and entered their return bout havingi made the first defense of his crown, an eighth-round stoppage of Mehdi Bouadla last December.

Shihepo has won seven consecutive fights, four of them by knockout.



Junior middleweight Dusty Hernandez Harrison (16-0, 9 KOs), of Washington, D.C., earned a unanimous decision over Ben Ankrah (17-16, 8 KOs), of Accra, Ghana, on the Golovkin-Macklin undercard.

“These are the type of fights I need to keep improving,” said Hernandez-Harrison, 19, who won by scores of 60-54, 60-54 and 59-55. “He was definitely my toughest opponent as a pro, although other guys may have had better boxing skills.”


Lewkowicz’s Sampson Boxing is promoting show in Uruguay, South America, featuring a junior lightweight bout between Israel Perez (25-2-1, 14 KOs), of Buenos Aires, Argentina, and veteran Francisco Lorenzo (39-11, 17 KOs), of San Cristobal, Dominican Republic, at Estadio “8 de Junio” in the City of Paysandu.

The undercard boasts junior welterweight Victor Abreu (3-0, 1 KO) against Jose Carlos Paz (4-1, 2 KOs), as well as junior bantamweigh Javier Chacon (18-1, 4 KOs) and featherweight Rocco Santomauro (9-0), facing opponents to be determined.

The main event matches WBA female lightweight titleholder Cecilia Comunales (10-1, 6 KOs) of Paysandu, and Marisol Reyes (11-6-1, 5 KOs) of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.



Philadelphia junior lightweight Teon Kennedy (18-2-2, 7 KOs) will return to the ring on Aug. 24 against Joselito Collado (13-2, 3 KOs), of Queens, N.Y., at The Grand Ballroom at Bally’s in Atlantic City, his promoter, Peltz Boxing Promotions, announced on Tuesday.

Kennedy is coming off last month’s unanimous decision over Carlos Vinan that helped him to rebound from a fifth-round knockout loss to Guillermo Rigondeaux as a junior featherweight in June of last year.

Kennedy had been struggling to make the 122-pound junior featherweight limit, and decided to skip featherweight (126 pounds) in order to fight as a 130-pounder.

Photo by Naoki Fukuda

Photo courtesy of Buddy Harrison

Photo by Naoki Fukuda

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