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July 24, 2013


WBA adding more interim titles to the pile

Press Release: Sampson Boxing chief Sampson Lewkowicz announced his compnay has signed Argentina featherweight Jesus Marcelo Cuellar (22-1, 18 KOs) to an exclusive promotional contract. The 26-year-old southpaw Cuellar will make his next appearance on August 23rd, when he takes on the Dominican Republic's Claudio Marrero (14-0, 11 KOs) in a twelve-round battle at the Turning Stone Resort & Casino in Verona, New York, and live on ESPN2's Friday Night Fights. The WBA interim featherweight belt will be at stake.

Cuellar-Marrero will serve as chief support to the Argenis Mendez vs. Arash Usmanee clash for the IBF 130-pound title. The event will be the first promotional venture for all-time boxing great Mike Tyson.

The current Argentina (FAB) featherweight champion, Cuellar now joins the promotional stable of the only man to ever defeat him, Oscar Escandon. In 2011, Cuellar dropped down in weight to face the Colombian Escandon, but eventually dehydration and exhaustion took its toll in round seven. Cuellar remains undefeated at featherweight.

"I am very happy to welcome such an excellent fighter as Jesus Marcelo Cuellar to my stable," said Lewkowicz. "Thank you to ESPN for continuing to make such competitive fights with world-class fighters. They are building boxing's fan base by putting out such high-quality events every week.

In addition to Cuellar's fight, Oscar Escandon is fighting against Nehomar Cermeno for the interim WBA 122-pound belt on August 10th at the Megapolis Center in the Hard Rock Hotel Panama City.

Cuellar's advisor, Sebastian Contursi who also works with Marcos Maidana, is an old friend of Lewkowicz and brought him to the well-known promoter. "I'm very happy to be joining forces with a great promoter like Sampson on this excellent fighter," he said, "and I look forward to many great fights in the future."

"I am very proud to be joining such a great promotional family and I look forward to winning my first world championship next month for my family and all the people who have helped me to get there," said Jesus Cuellar.

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