Sampson Boxing won a purse bid for an IBF junior flyweight elimination bout between Christian “The Bomb” Araneta (17-0, 15 KOs) of Cebu City, Philippines and Augustin “El Avion” Gauto (12-0, 8 KOs) of Buenos Aires, Argentina. The twelve-round fight will determine the mandatory contender for champion Felix Alvarado. Sampson Boxing won with a bid of $63,000, beating out OR Promotions at $61,500. With the winning bid, the fight will be held on October 6th in Manila, the capital of the Philippines, with Araneta collecting 60% of the purse or $37,800 and Gauto 40% or $25,200.
Lewkowicz, known worldwide as the sharp boxing mind that recognized the enormous potential of a then-unknown Manny Pacquiao and convinced promoter Murad Muhammad to sign him, says he’s happy to be returning to his “home away from home” in boxing. “The Philippines is a beautiful country and the people there love boxing. I am looking forward to returning to the homeland of Manny Pacquiao to help my new Filipino sensation Christian Araneta become number one and then world champion.”