ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / Oct. 29, 2008) - Zamboanga City’s upcoming boxing star and reigning World Boxing Organization (WBO) Oriental Super featherweight Champion Anthony “Rocky” Marcial, took a good break after a renowned international boxing matchmaker, who once brought Filipino boxing icon Manny Pacquiao to the helm, took him under his wing and vowed to guide the pugilist to the top of the boxing world.
Marcial, who has an impressive ring record of 10 wins with 9 knockouts, met Monday night with veteran matchmaker Sampson Lewkowicz, who laid out his plan for the Zamboangueno fighter.
Lewkowicz was accredited for discovering Manny Pacquiao, then an unknown fighter from General Santos City, whom he led to his first international title fight against Lehlohonolo Ledwaba. Pacquiao knocked out Ledwaba to capture the WBO Super Bantamweight title.
Lewkowicz, has also guided the careers of Filipinos boxing stars Aj “Bazooka” Banal, Rey “Boom Boom” Bautista, and Z “The Dream” Gorres, who all became title contenders.
In a two-hour dinner meeting at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Manila, Lewkowicz was said to have discussed with Marcial his future fights including a legitimate world title bouts in the US in the future.
However, Lewkowics has opposed plans of bringing Marcial to the US at this early stage of his career, but instead advice his managers to make the Zamboangueno boxer establish his name in the Philippines boxing arena first.
Lewkowicz, known as the “Picasso” of boxing, said that Marcial - now currently being managed by Manila-based father-and-son tandem Angel and Joven Jimenez - will likely start his campaign internationally by next year.
Meanwhile, Sammy Gello-ani, who spotted the talents of Marcial, said that on January the boxer will likely fight Zamboangueno compatriot who is presently the WBO Oriental Featherweight Champion, Eric Canoy. (Erico Rosco)