Sampson Boxing to stage boxing-poker show


Cecilia ComunalesThe week of Saturday, August 8, at the Radisson Montevideo Victoria Plaza Hotel in Montevideo, Uruguay, promoter Sampson Lewkowicz will stage “Las Vegas en el Radisson,” a historic first for boxing, combining a world-class boxing show that Saturday night with a four-day international poker tournament.

In the boxing show’s main event, former women’s world champion and hometown hero Cecilia “La Reina” Comunales of Paysandu, Uruguay (12-1, 8 KOs), will move up in weight for the first time to go 10 rounds with Lina Milagros Tejada (10-2, 8 KO’s) of the Dominican Republic for the WBC Women’s Super Lightweight International Championship.

The night’s main supporting bout is a very special “All Panama City” grudge match four years in the making, as super bantamweight Rafael “El Torito” Concepcion (18-7-1, 8 KO’s) of Panama City, Panama, will challenge former multiple world champion Roberto “La Arana” Vasquez (32-6-2, 22 KO’s), also of Panama City.

And in a very special third featured bout, Braulio “El Chavo” Rodriguez (17-1, 16 KOs) of La Romana, Dominican Republic, will take on Entre Ríos, Argentina’s Marcos “Maquinita” Martinez (17-2, 5 KO’s) in a 10-rounder for the WBC Latino super-featherweight Championship.

Three more exciting undercard bouts will also be held, one of which will feature Panamanian welterweight contender Azael “Turbo” Cosio (19-3-2, 16 KO’s). The other match-ups and Cosio’s opponent are TBA.

The poker side of this unique doubleheader of casino sports will begin on Thursday, August 6, and is being organized by the CAM Poker Organization. On Saturday night, the poker will end at 7 p.m., and the boxing show will begin at 9 pm. The finals of the poker tournament will be held on Sunday.

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