Cuellar to Sampson Boxing

A month before Jesus Marcelo Andres Cuellar of Argentina fights for an interim featherweight title, he solidified his team by signing with promoter Sampson Lewkowicz of Sampson Boxing.

"I am very happy to welcome such an excellent fighter as Jesus Marcelo Cuellar to my stable," Lewkowicz said.

Cuellar (22-1, 18 KOs), a 26-year-old southpaw, is set to challenge Claudio Marrero (14-0, 11 KOs) of the Dominican Republic for a vacant 126-pound interim title on Aug. 23 on the season finale of ESPN2's "Friday Night Fights" at the Turning Stone Resort & Casino in Verona, N.Y. It is the first card being promoted by former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson's Iron Mike Productions.

Marrero-Cuellar is the co-feature on the card headlined by junior lightweight titlist Argenis Mendez (21-2, 11 KOs) making his first defense when he faces Arash Usmanee (20-1, 10 KOs).

"I am very proud to be joining such a great promotional family, and I look forward to winning my first world championship next month for my family and all the people who have helped me to get there," Cuellar said.

Cuellar found his way to Lewkowicz through adviser Sebastian Contursi, an old friend of Lewkowicz's.

"I'm very happy to be joining forces with a great promoter like Sampson on this excellent fighter, and I look forward to many great fights in the future," said Contursi, who is best known for guiding the career of welterweight contender Marcos Maidana, also from Argentina.