Sampson inks Baker and Martinez

Sampson Lewkowicz of Sampson Boxing proudly announces the signing of 23-year-old junior welterweight Karim "KC" Martinez (15-1, 7 KOs) and 30-year-old light heavyweight Craig "El Gato Negro" Baker (14-0, 10 KOs), both of Houston Texas, to promotional contracts.


Southpaw Karim Martinez is blessed with natural athletic ability that helped him win the Texas State Golden Gloves Champion in 2008, as well as to become runner up at the National PAL Tournament in 2007. A slick, pure-boxing technician who uses angles and can fight moving forward or back with equal effectiveness, Martinez mixes offense and defense with amazing smoothness and fluidity.


A natural to the sport, Baker entered Lopez Boxing Club in 2005, weighing a whopping 293 lbs and looking to cut weight. Baker lost his amateur debut and then went on to win the Texas State Golden Gloves and the Texas State USA Championships in both 2007 and 2008. Baker was also runner up at the National PAL Tournament in 2007, a quarter finalist in both the National USA Championships Tournament and the National Golden Gloves, which earned him a USA boxing national ranking of #3. As a professional, the undefeated Baker has become a seasoned pressure fighter who wears opponents down intelligently.


I'm really excited to have signed with Sampson," said Martinez. "In my career, I haven't had much exposure or chance to show everybody what I can do. Now that I have Sampson, I'm really excited and ready to perform to the best of my abilities and see where it takes me in boxing."


"It feels great to be working with Sampson," said Baker. "It's wonderful to have the opportunity to actually be able to be successful. All I needed was a shot. I'm going to make the most of it."

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