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Sampson Lewkowicz: Benavidez and Canelo can deliver the best fight ever

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Sampson Lewkowicz, the promoter of David Benavidez, boxing’s newest sensation, has provided an update on negotiations for the new ‘fight of the century’.

Lewkowicz doesn’t think Canelo is afraid, but he does want to avoid risks, and the 72-year-old Uruguayan is one of the world’s leading promoters.

Among the many boxers working with Sampson Boxing is David Benavidez, one of the most feared fighters and also interim super middleweight champion of the World Boxing Council (WBC).

The Mexican-born American fighter wants a bout against Canelo Alvarez that would be a box-office smash and that Lewkowicz is still negotiating.

As a matchmaker, the Uruguayan brought Manny Pacquiao to the USA and as a promoter he did the same with ‘Maravilla’ Martinez.

Question: What’s the latest on the fight between David Benavidez and Canelo Alvarez?

Answer: It is a fight that everyone wants to see, but it is very difficult to achieve this goal. In the past it happened with Roy Jones Jr. and Dariusz Michalczewski, which never happened. There are many fights that never happened because of economic problems or derivatives.

Q. And what problems do we face in this case?

A. It’s the first case in 30 years of boxing that I don’t understand, because the champion has been made a very big offer and right now is still negotiating for an offer even bigger than the previous one, while his opponent [Benavidez] is the only challenger he has, has had or will have, who doesn’t care about the money.

David ‘The Mexican Monster’ is already making millions and has no problem continuing what he is charging. The problem doesn’t come from the money the challenger is charging, the problem comes from the other side.

Q. But if for example Floyd Maywether gave the opportunity to Canelo when the former was the star, why now doesn’t Canelo give it to Benavidez, even more when the latter is the mandatory challenger of the WBC?

A. I have faith that Mauricio Sulaiman [WBC president] will do everything possible to give not only Benavidez, but the whole world, a great mandatory and world fight for people to enjoy and for those people who don’t watch boxing to have to see it.

With ‘Maravilla’ Martinez I got that, that people who had not seen boxing, started to see it, especially in Argentina. […] Canelo should open a door to the world for others to take advantage and watch boxing, because it is the most loyal sport that has existed and exists at this moment.

It is a very loyal sport that is restricted in my beloved Spain. It is a sport that gets young people out of

Sampson Lewkowicz, the promoter of David Benavidez, boxing’s newest sensation, has provided an update on negotiations for the new ‘fight of the century’.

Lewkowicz doesn’t think Canelo is afraid, but he does want to avoid risks, and the 72-year-old Uruguayan is one of the world’s leading promoters

Among the many boxers working with Sampson Boxing is David Benavidez, one of the most feared fighters and also interim super middleweight champion of the World Boxing Council (WBC).

The Mexican-born American fighter wants a bout against Canelo Alvarez that would be a box-office smash and that Lewkowicz is still negotiating.

As a matchmaker, the Uruguayan brought Manny Pacquiao to the USA and as a promoter he did the same with ‘Maravilla’ Martinez.

Question: What’s the latest on the fight between David Benavidez and Canelo Alvarez?

Answer: It is a fight that everyone wants to see, but it is very difficult to achieve this goal. In the past it happened with Roy Jones Jr. and Dariusz Michalczewski, which never happened. There are many fights that never happened because of economic problems or derivatives.

Q. And what problems do we face in this case?

A. It’s the first case in 30 years of boxing that I don’t understand, because the champion has been made a very big offer and right now is still negotiating for an offer even bigger than the previous one, while his opponent [Benavidez] is the only challenger he has, has had or will have, who doesn’t care about the money.

David ‘The Mexican Monster’ is already making millions and has no problem continuing what he is charging. The problem doesn’t come from the money the challenger is charging, the problem comes from the other side.

Q. But if for example Floyd Maywether gave the opportunity to Canelo when the former was the star, why now doesn’t Canelo give it to Benavidez, even more when the latter is the mandatory challenger of the WBC?

A. I have faith that Mauricio Sulaiman [WBC president] will do everything possible to give not only Benavidez, but the whole world, a great mandatory and world fight for people to enjoy and for those people who don’t watch boxing to have to see it.

With ‘Maravilla’ Martinez I got that, that people who had not seen boxing, started to see it, especially in Argentina. […] Canelo should open a door to the world for others to take advantage and watch boxing, because it is the most loyal sport that has existed and exists at this moment.

It is a very loyal sport that is restricted in my beloved Spain. It is a sport that gets young people out of bad habits, which they are not taking advantage

Q. You who are inside the negotiations, do you think this fight can be done in 2024?

A. On a personal basis, it’s never going to happen; on a business basis, it’s never going to happen.

My prediction is that it’s going to be another Roy Jones Jr. vs. Dariusz Michalczewski. At that time there wasn’t all this social media stuff, but a lot of people wanted this big fight that never happened.

Q. Is David Benavidez already a boxing star today?

A. He has earned respect because we have offered him to boxers like Plant or Andrade, who are the best ranked, and he has beaten them by far. They had been there for a long time and had been world champions.

Q. Do you think Mayweather’s undefeated record has made many boxers dodge some fights to safeguardtheir record as long as possible?