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Sergio Martinez vs. Martin Murray to be held in 50,000 seat stadium in Buenos Aires, Argentina

New York, NY (2/5/13) – Middleweight kingpin Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez was on the cover of this month’s Argentine edition of Rolling Stone magazine that hit stands yesterday. The WBC middleweight champion Martinez (50-2-2, 28KO’s) is set to defend his crown April 27th against the U.K.’s undefeated Martin Murray (25-0-1, 11KO’s) at Club Atlético Vélez Sarsfield in Buenos Aires, Distrito Federal, Argentina. The soccer stadium will be set up to hold 50,000 + people, and will be the first fight for Martinez in his native country of Argentina since 2002. HBO’s World Championship Boxing will provide live coverage of the event. Martinez has already begun training for his defense on the 27th.

“I am very appreciative to Rolling Stone for placing me on the cover,” said Martinez. “It is a great honor for me, and I had a great time working with the people at Rolling Stone on the latest edition of their magazine.”

“We at DBE have always believed that Sergio rocks. What better publication then to grace the pages of Rolling Stone. That is just flat out cool,” said long-time promoter Lou DiBella.

Martinez’ management team of Sampson Lewkowicz, Miguel Ángel de Pablos and Nathan Lewkowicz were also excited about Martinez being featured on the cover.

“I am very proud and very excited that he is being recognized for his popularity in Argentina. This is a tremendous honor to be part of, let alone on the cover of such a historic magazine as Rolling Stone.” – Sampson Lewkowicz, long-time advisor.

“The hard work of the team is coming to fruition and Sergio is now recognized throughout the world as a true superstar.” – Miguel Ángel de Pablos, business manager.

“It’s a very well written article and it introduces people that do not follow boxing to one of the sport’s best representatives.” – Nathan Lewkowicz, VP Sampson Boxing

Ring 8 awards ceremony Sunday in NY

NEW YORK, NY (Feb. 5 2013) – The 26th annual RING 8 Holiday Event and Awards Ceremony will be held this Sunday afternoon (12:00-5:00 p.m. ET) at Russo’s On The Bay in Howard Beach, New York.

Damage from Hurricane Sandy to Russo’s On The Bay forced the event’s postponement from December 9 to February 10.

New boxing promoter and television reality star, Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi, will be in attendance along with one of the fighters she promotes, world title challenger Patrick Hyland.

“Nicole is a new promoter who wants to show her support for boxing and Ring 8,” Ring 8 president Bob Duffy said. “Nicole had to reschedule a few things to be with us but she did because she really cares about boxing and what happens to boxers after they retire. We’re grateful for her support as well as the many others who are giving their time to support our annual event. We have eight world champions attending and many other boxing dignitaries.”

Popular ring announcer Dave Diamante will serve as Master of Ceremonies.

Ring 8 previously announced its 2012 award winners (see full list below), including new World Boxing Association middleweight champion Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin (Fighter of the Year) and Joe Calzaghe (Fighter of the Decade).

Lifetime Achievement Award winner Bernard Hopkins is unable to attend as originally scheduled due to training for his March 9th fight against International Boxing Federation light heavyweight champion Taroris Cloud at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Hopkins indicated that he would attend a future Ring 8 monthly meeting as a special guest to receive his award.

In addition to Quillin and Calzaghe, other world champion attendees include Bobby Czyz, Iran Barkley, Vito Antuofermo, Mark Breland, Tracy Patterson, Jr. and Junior Jones, as well as Renaldo “Mister” Snipes, Tommy Gallagher, Vinny Maddalone, 2008 U.S. Olympian Sadam Ali, and many others.


2012 RING 8 Award Winners

Fighter of the Year: Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin

Fighter of the Decade: Joe Calzaghe

Man of the Year: Frankie Russo, Jr.

Uncrowned Champion: David Sears

Coach of the Year (FDNY): Bob McGuire

Lifetime Achievement Award: Bernard Hopkins

Official of the Year (Referee): Eddie Claudio

Official of the Year (Judge): John Signorile

Boxing Writer of the Year: Mike Woods

Long & Meritorious Service: Ron McNair

Prospects of the Year: Floriano Pagliara & Joe Smith

Comeback of the Year: Adam Willett


Tickets, priced at $125.00 per person, are still available to purchase by calling 1.718.729.4862, emailing or mailing checks (payable to Ring 8) to Tony Mazzarella, C/O Waterfront Crab House, 2-03 Borden Ave., Long Island, NY 11101. Donations of any denomination are welcome for those unable to attend the festivities.

Tickets include a complete brunch with cocktail hour upon entry, seating at the awards ceremony, dinner and dessert, and top-shelf open bar throughout the afternoon. There will also be a silent auction of boxing memorabilia. Boxing and sports memorabilia will be on display.

Go online to for more information about Ring 8 or its annual Holiday Events and Awards Ceremony.

Russo’s On The Bay is located at 162-45 Crossbay Blvd. in Howard Beach (718.843.5055).

About Ring 8: Formed in 1954 by an ex-prizefighter, Jack Grebelsky, Ring 8 became the eighth subsidiary of what was then known as the National Veteran Boxers Association – hence, RING 8 – and today the organization’s motto still remains: Boxers Helping Boxers.

RING 8 is fully committed to supporting less fortunate people in the boxing community who may require assistance in terms of paying rent, medical expenses, or whatever justifiable need.

Go on line to for more information about RING 8, the largest group of its kind in the United States with more than 350 members. Annual membership dues is only $25.00 and each member is entitled to a buffet dinner at RING 8 monthly meetings, the third Tuesday of every month, excluding July and August. All active boxers, amateur and professional, are entitled to a complimentary RING 8 yearly membership.

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