Less Than 1,500 Gatti-Leija seats left!

06.01.05 – Fans who plan to attend Arturo Gatti’s WBC super lightweight world title defense against former world champion Jesse James Leija on Jan 29 at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ had better purchase tickets soon or they will find themselves out of luck, it was announced today by Main Events CEO Kathy Duva. In a testament to the popularity of “the human highlight film”, there are fewer than 1,500 tickets remaining—1,100 of which are priced at $50..

Tickets, priced at $400, $200, $150, $100, and $50, can be purchased through Ticketmaster at 1-800-736-1420 or Bally's show & reservations desk.

“No matter the time of year, sports fans flock to Arturo Gatti bouts in droves,” said Duva. “The excitement Arturo brings to the ring rivals that of any other fighter in history.”

Gatti (38-6, 29 KO’s) has participated in the “Fight of the Year” five times (1996-1998; 2002-2003). The 32-year-old Montreal, Canada native and current Jersey City, NJ resident captured the vacant WBC super lightweight title on January 24, 2004, when he defeated WBC #1 ranked contender Gianluca Branco in front of 11,000 fans at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ (W 12). The Branco bout was Gatti’s first since his epic trilogy against Mickey Ward in 2002-2003. In his last bout on July 24, 2004, Gatti stopped former world champion Leonard Dorin in the second round with a crippling left hook to the body that sent Dorin to his knees, unable to beat the 10 count (KO 2).

Leija (47-6-2, 19 KO’s) has won five of his last six bouts. The 37-year-old San Antonio, TX native’s sole loss during this time period was a six round stoppage at the hands of former undisputed jr. welterweight champion Kostya Tszyu (TKO by 6). Leija is a former WBC super featherweight champion who fought three memorable bouts against Ghanan legend Azumah Nelson. Since turning pro in 1988 Leija has fought some of the sport’s finest boxers, such as Oscar de la Hoya, Shane Mosley, Azumah Nelson, Kostya Tszyu, Gabriel Ruelas, Micky Ward, Ivan Robinson, and Juan Lazcano. In his last bout on July 24, 2004, Leija climbed off the canvas in round two to upset “Panchito” Bojado (W 10).

The evening of boxing is being presented by Main Events, Bally's Atlantic City, and Caesar's Atlantic City, in association with Golden Boy Promotions.

Article posted on 06.01.2005

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